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Sea Stars Imperiled by Wasting Disease Along West Coast

February 15, 2019
The combination of ocean warming and an infectious wasting disease has devastated populations of large sunflower sea stars once abundant along the West Coast of North America in just a few years, according to a study co-led by the University of California, Davis, and Cornell University published Jan. 30 in the journal Science Advances.

Don’t Kiss Your Pet Hedgehogs, C.D.C. Warns

February 14, 2019
Hedgehog owners should refrain from kissing their small, spiky friends, health officials warn. Since October, 11 people across eight states have been infected with a particular strain of salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, and all but one of those infected said they had contact with a hedgehog.

2018 Elected AAAS Fellows Include Veterinary Faculty

February 14, 2019
Two UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty members—Dr. Philip Kass and Dr. Isaac Pessah—are newly chosen fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which is the world's largest scientific society.

UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Seeks Volunteers

February 12, 2019

The UC Davis veterinary hospital has added a volunteer program and is currently seeking participants to kick start the program. Volunteers will fulfill many important roles at the hospital, and will help free up the faculty, staff and students to give clients and patients their full attention.

Activities that volunteers will be asked to perform include running errands within the hospital, assisting with client services tasks, and helping make patients and their families more comfortable.

UC Davis Veterinarians Team with Physician to Remove Tumor in Horse

February 01, 2019
Veterinarians collaborated with human doctors on a case involving removal of a massive sinus osteoma near a horse's eye and brain. An image-guided navigation system allowed surgeons to operate while identifying the precise position of their surgical instruments on a CT scan at every moment.

Study Finds Spike in Deadly Heart Disease Linked To Trendy Dog Diets

January 30, 2019
UC Davis veterinarians led a team that has found a link between some popular grain-free, legume-rich dog diets and a type of nutritional deficiency and canine heart disease known as taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy. The study was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Dr. Beatriz Martínez López Selected as a 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Fellow

January 29, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Beatriz Martínez López on being selected as a 2018-2019 Chancellor’s Fellow! In this 19th year of the program, Chancellor Gary S. May named 10 to the 2019 Class of Chancellor’s Fellow—the university’s annual honors program recognizing associate professors for high achievement in the quality and excellence of research and teaching.

Building a Foundation in Veterinary Business

January 29, 2019
Most veterinarians come to their careers because they love animals—but they may not have the skill set to build a solid business if they pursue a private practice. That’s where UC Davis can help through a new business certificate program designed by experts from its School of Veterinary Medicine and Graduate School of Management (GSM).

Notes from Treating Birds Impacted by the Camp Fire

January 28, 2019
Dr. Michelle Hawkins specializes in avian veterinary medicine--a valuable skill in desperate need during the aftermath of California's Camp Fire. Here's her account of the situation and how she and "Team Avian" treated hundreds of birds impacted by the fire.

Scientists Discover Ebola Virus In West African Bat

January 25, 2019
The government of Liberia, in partnership with the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and EcoHealth Alliance, announced the discovery of Ebola virus in a bat in Liberia. This is the first finding of Zaire ebolavirus in a bat in West Africa, adding to other evidence suggesting bats serve as a natural wildlife reservoir for Ebola and other related viruses.

Positron Emission Tomography Performed on Standing Horse for First Time

January 25, 2019
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has achieved another milestone in clinical equine imaging with the first successful use of positron emission tomography (PET) on a standing horse. Equine PET, pioneered at UC Davis with the first horse imaged in April 2015, has until now required patients to be under general anesthesia. The ability to utilize this technology on a standing horse under sedation instead of anesthesia will greatly expand the availability of this powerful imaging technique, allow for more routine use, and open it up to patients that are not able to undergo anesthesia.

Burned Cat Reunited with Family Following Separation During Camp Fire

January 17, 2019

“Case of the Month” – January 2019

Pet parent Laci Ping had just 15 minutes to pack up her life—which included six cats, six chickens, three dogs, and three reptiles—as the Camp Fire approached her home in Paradise, California. She managed to secure all but one of her animals – 5-month-old Mayson, a male gray tabby cat. Scared of what was happening, Mayson escaped at the last minute. Ping tried frantically to catch him, but he ran away too quickly. Heartbroken, Ping was forced to leave without him.

UC Davis Students Attend CDC's "League of Extraordinary Veterinarians" Event

January 17, 2019
Eight UC Davis veterinary students and two faculty mentors, Drs. Beatrice Martinez-Lopez and Janet Foley, joined hundreds of veterinary students and faculty from across the country at CDC Veterinary Student Day on January 13 and 14. The biannual conference focuses on the critical role veterinary medicine plays in global public health and encourages student interest in veterinary public practice careers. This year’s event focused on the theme “League of Extraordinary Veterinarians” and took place in Atlanta, Georgia at CDC Headquarters.

A Bulldog's Screw Tail Might Help Us Understand a Rare Genetic Disease in People

January 16, 2019
One of the most distinctive body parts of your typical English bulldog, French bulldog, or Boston terrier—their coiled screw tail—might be caused by a specific genetic mutation, suggests recent research. And more importantly for humans, that same genetic quirk might help scientists better understand a rare disorder in people.