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April 03, 2017

Success is what happens when chance meets preparation—but sometimes you need a little nudge to grab the opportunity. Dr. Derek Cissell, a new assistant professor of diagnostic imaging, was completing a Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Kyriacos Athanasiou, a renowned bioengineer on campus, when a faculty position opened in radiology.

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April 03, 2017

Unlike previous research that has found that a group of tool-using Indio-Pacific bottlenose dolphins share a common genetic lineage, a new study (based on DNA data from UC Davis) found that tool use in sea otters is ubiquitous and actually has little to do with genetic ties. This implies they have may have been using tools for many thousands - or even millions - of years.  

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April 03, 2017

When your first word is “cat,” it may be an indication that your life’s mission will involve working with animals. That’s certainly the case for Dr. Mary Thurber, a second-year resident with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Zoological Medicine Service. The three-year residency program begins with a one-year rotation through the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the Sacramento Zoo. Now Thurber is spending her second year at the San Diego Zoo, and she’s continuing to add to her impressive lifelong list of accomplishments.

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April 03, 2017

Since most captive parrots lead a sedentary lifestyle, a group of UC Davis researchers was interested in learning what effect this had on the birds’ overall health. Was their inactivity a contributing factor in susceptibility to high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis)? Exercise has been shown to be an important component to manage breakdown of fat (lipid metabolism) in human and poultry studies, and the researchers were curious if increased exercise could improve parrot health as well.

Dog's Cancer in Remission

April 01, 2017
River, an 8-year-old female Labrador retriever, was diagnosed with high grade lymphoma in December 2016. A multi-drug chemotherapy protocol was recommended for River.

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March 28, 2017

A medical and entrepreneurial collaboration is opening our eyes to improvements in effects, access, implementation of a new, safer class of drugs that are crucial in surgical suites worldwide. 

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March 27, 2017

A new paper finds endangered orcas face yet another challenge, human pathogens in the marine environment. 

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March 27, 2017

Scientists have used genetics to alter mosquito populations for several decades, to try to eliminate diseases such as malaria and more recently Zika. Now, scientists want to use a powerful new technology with the potential to change or wipe out an entire species of mosquito.

 

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March 27, 2017

For 16 years, veterinarians with the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis have conducted research on mountain lions in Southern, and more recently with the Institute for Wildlife Studies in Northeastern, California, to monitor the lions’ habitat use, prey animals, health and disease, and human interactions.

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March 26, 2017

Researchers have made great strides in understanding how footing surfaces impact racehorses’ limb kinematics. For example, Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and colleagues have learned that the forces that impact racehorses’ legs are higher and fetlock extension is greater on dirt than on synthetic surfaces.

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March 21, 2017

In a world of increasing pathogen resistance to available antibiotics, many veterinarians, owners, and caretakers worry when faced with a sick horse, especially a delicate neonate. Will the medications that once worked to save a sick foal still be effective?

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March 20, 2017

With spring just around the corner comes an increase in outdoor activities such as gardening and hiking. Just as we are eager to get outside, so are our family pets, but with that comes an increased risk of plant-based toxic ingestions.

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March 16, 2017

When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek (former UC Davis resident) gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north.

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March 16, 2017

The annual roundup of flamingos at the Sacramento Zoo allowed a team of UC Davis veterinarians, technicians and veterinary students to examine and treat the big birds, perhaps the best-known residents of the zoo.

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March 16, 2017

After announcing their goal in 2014, the more than 1,100 shelters in the Million Cat Challenge have saved nearly 750,000 cats in less than 3 years.