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Pet Owners Urged To Take A Second Look At Their Dog's Diet

March 06, 2019
A new study found a link between some popular grain-free dog foods, with a high content of legumes, and canine heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). The disease can lead to sudden death in dogs.

The Virus Detectives: How Dangerous Is a Hidden Infection in Red Pandas?

March 06, 2019
When researchers announced the identification of a novel virus in captive red pandas in the journal Veterinary Pathology last year, the discovery raised more questions than it answered. Does this virus pose a health risk to affected pandas? Is it widespread among captive populations? Where did the virus originate and how might it impact the breeding management of this endangered species?

3D Printing Becoming a Surgical Game Changer

March 01, 2019
Initiatives in 3D printing are currently being utilized at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where the work is complemented by the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering expertise. The unique combination of disciplines provides opportunities to advance health that few other universities in the world are able to pursue.

Cow’s Near Fatal Ingestion Prompts Surgery

March 01, 2019
Tag 1839, a 2-year-old Jersey dairy cow, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for suspected pneumonia. She had been treated appropriately by her primary veterinarian, but without significant improvement, so she was referred to the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service for further diagnostics and treatment. A blood test showed evidence of severe chronic inflammation, and an ultrasound showed that she had fluid, inflammation, and an abscess in her chest cavity. Radiographs of her chest showed that she had a foreign body—a piece of wire—extending from the first compartment of her stomach toward her heart.

UC Davis Ranks First in the Nation in Veterinary Science 

February 26, 2019
The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine is ranked number one in the United States for the fifth year in a row in the annual 2019 QS World University subject rankings. The rankings, released Feb. 26, placed the school second globally in Veterinary Science. “The continued recognition of UC Davis as a world leader in veterinary sciences is a tribute to our outstanding people and programs that advance the health of animals, people, and our planet,” said the school’s dean, Michael D. Lairmore. 

One Health for One Earth

February 25, 2019
In an increasingly crowded world where people and animals come into ever-closer contact, the lines that separate us – physical, biological, ecological, behavioral – are essentially gone. So, the future of conservation will be initiatives that address the entire ecosystem – a ‘One Health’ approach.

Why We Think Cats Are Psychopaths

February 25, 2019
There’s always an implicit comparison when we talk about cats as aloof little jerks, says Mikel Maria Delgado, a postdoctoral researcher on cat behavior at the University of California at Davis. And that comparison is with dogs, which humans have spent thousands more years domesticating and molding in our image. Cats, she pointed out, simply don’t have the facial muscles to make the variety of expressions a dog (or human) can. So when we look at a cat staring at us impassively, it looks like a psychopath who cannot feel or show emotion. But that’s just its face.

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.