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Dr. Melissa Bain Receives 2019 Companion Animal Welfare Award

March 29, 2019
Dr. Melissa Bain will receive the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s 2019 Companion Animal Welfare Award in July. She is being recognized for her contributions to animal welfare through integrating the field of human-animal interactions with veterinary clinical behavior.

Study Finds Nearly a Third of Cat Owners Use Food Puzzles

March 27, 2019
Thirty percent of cat owners surveyed use food puzzles, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis. The puzzles benefit domestic cats by bringing out their natural foraging behavior.

Grayson-Jockey Club Approves $1.3 Million for Equine Research

March 25, 2019
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation board of directors announced March 25 that it has authorized $1,338,858 to fund eight new projects at seven universities (including UC Davis), nine continuing projects, and three career development awards to fund veterinary research to benefit all horses.

Veterinary School Announces Picnic Day Activities

March 19, 2019
The School of Veterinary Medicine is changing up its Picnic Day activities this year, primarily centering them in and around the Pavilion at the ARC, in an area where there is a high concentration of animal activities. The annual event takes place Saturday, April 13, 2019.

UC Davis Holds Top Spot in US News Veterinary School Rankings

March 12, 2019

The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine is ranked number one in the United States in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report veterinary specialty ranking—holding onto the top spot. With this ranking, released March 12, UC Davis has been affirmed as the best in the United States by all three organizations that rank schools of veterinary medicine. 

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Appointed President of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

March 11, 2019

Michael Lairmore, D.V.M., dean of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Lairmore, a veterinarian and scientist who is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, will serve a one-year term through March, 2020.

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.