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Collaborative Effort Helps Dog See Again

June 04, 2019
Bobby, a 12-year-old male miniature Schnauzer, developed cataracts in both eyes, presumably brought on by his diabetes. While he could still sense light in his eyes, the cataracts clouded his vision to the point of essential blindness. Navigation of his home was accomplished by memory and by utilizing a heightened sense of feel, especially on the staircase. His owner, John Yeung, was eager to have Bobby’s vision restored, so he sought out the help of UC Davis alum and former ophthalmology resident Dr. Kristina Burling, a board-certified ophthalmologist. Since 1994, Dr. Burling has owned and operated Animal Eye Specialists in Campbell, California near Yeung’s home in San Jose. Dr. Burling successfully performed cataract surgery on Bobby’s left eye. However, the cataract removal on his right eye had to be abruptly stopped mid-surgery due to an underlying systemic disease that caused Bobby’s heart rate to fall dangerously low. Dr. Burling made the smart decision to stop the surgery, as Bobby was no longer in a healthy enough position to proceed. That's when UC Davis stepped in to help.

Giving Back and Looking to the Future

June 03, 2019
Giving Back and Looking to the Future

Dr. John Zimmerman ’60, DVM ’62, cannot thank the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine enough for its impact on his life. After graduation, he worked in dairy production medicine and equine medicine for two years in Los Angeles before establishing the Sonoma Marin Veterinary Service in Petaluma, California, where he has been practicing for 57 years.

“Veterinary medicine has been a great career for me because it is a good fit,” said Zimmerman. “I like cattle and ended up coming back to my hometown. It’s given me a wonderful life.”

Improving Animal Vision

June 03, 2019
It’s fitting that Dr. Sara Thomasy is an ophthalmologist. Her eyes light up when she talks about the breakthroughs being made at UC Davis thanks to recent acquisitions of state-of-the-art imaging equipment. Eight new pieces of imaging equipment and one new piece of laboratory technology, made possible by grants from the Center for Companion Animal Health, now allow the Ophthalmology Service to provide new levels of care.

Dr. Jamie Peyton Receives Chancellor’s Innovation Award

May 31, 2019
Dr. Jamie Peyton, chief of Integrative Medicine Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, was named a recipient of the 2019 Chancellor’s Innovation Awards at a ceremony at the UC Davis Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts May 30. It is the fourth year for the awards, which recognize the important contributions of faculty, community partners and industry leaders in helping to establish UC Davis as a global leader in innovation.

Equine Therapy Helps Dementia Patients

May 29, 2019
The Center for Equine Health is home to a dementia research program by the UC Davis School of Medicine and Connected Horse. Read more about the project and watch a video from PBS on the equine therapy program.

Dean Lairmore's State of the School 2019

May 28, 2019

In his annual State of the School address on May 23rd, Dean Michael Lairmore congratulated the school for passing accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association with flying colors. He also highlighted the school’s continued #1 ranking by US News & World Report and #2 world-wide by QS World Rankings. 

Congratulations Class of 2019!

May 28, 2019
Congratulations to the Class of 2019 who received their degrees from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in its 68th Commencement Ceremony held at the Mondavi Center on May 24th. Among those graduating were 140 DVM students, 30 residents and 11 students in the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Risks Examined

May 20, 2019

In Mexicali, Mexico, an uncontrolled epidemic of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, one of the deadliest tickborne diseases in the Americas, has affected more than 1,000 people since 2008.

Where on Earth Is the Salish Sea?

May 17, 2019

Less than half of the people in Washington and British Columbia have heard of the Salish Sea, even though they live alongside it.

Homemade Cat Food Diets Could Be Risky

May 07, 2019
UC Davis researchers analyzed homemade cat food recipes and found none provided all essential nutrients for healthy adult cats.

Remembering Dr. Shri Giri

May 06, 2019
Shri Giri, DVM, passed away on April 22, 2019. He served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for 35 years (1968-2003), including 12 years as chair of the Department of Molecular BioSciences.

UC Davis PET Research to Improve Racehorse Safety and Welfare

May 03, 2019
A significant advance in veterinary research is coming to the racetrack in the form of a standing equine PET scanner. The machine will soon be available at Santa Anita Park, marking a major milestone in the battle against racetrack injuries.