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Remembering Dr. Doug Herthel, a Pioneer of Equine Medicine

July 13, 2018

Doug Herthel, DVM, passed away July 11, 2018. Dr. Herthel, 71, earned his undergraduate degree from UC Davis and was a member of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) Class of 1971. It was at UC Davis where he met his wife, Sue. Shortly after completing his DVM studies, Dr. and Mrs. Herthel founded what would become the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California.

Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing

July 09, 2018
For the last three years, not one calf has been born to the dwindling pods of black-and-white killer whales spouting geysers of mist off the coast in the Pacific Northwest. Their population decline is alarming and may be due to several factors.

16 Things You Can Catch From Your Pet

July 09, 2018
Pet owners have lower blood pressure and less stress, and they exercise more, among other benefits. But pets can sometimes also pass on diseases. People magazine highlights how taking good care of your pet will help prevent the spread.

Million Cat Challenge Receives $2.5M Grant From Maddie’s Fund

July 09, 2018
Maddie’s Fund, a national nonprofit that supports the status and well-being of companion animals, is granting more than $2.5 million to support the Million Cat Challenge as it expands to into its next phase of animal lifesaving in shelters across North America.

Building Research Teams of the Future

July 06, 2018

The latest newsletter from the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center highlights collaborations among researchers from human and veterinary medicine. Articles include how clinical trials with animal patients speeds translation to improved care for people, partnerships in human-animal eye research, and new hope from novel canine cancer therapy treatments and feline stem cell therapy for an oral inflammatory disease. Read more

One Health Education: Where Are We Today?

July 05, 2018
Evaluation of health security systems in the United States in 2016 revealed a prevalent issue: inconsistent coordination across federal, state, and local health sectors. To address this concern, the World Health Organization has encouraged the United States to build a more formal One Health strategy that enables coordination among all stakeholders in human, animal, and environmental health.

Snow Leopard Cub Gets Unique Physical Therapy Regimen

July 05, 2018
The zoo’s snow leopard cub is one lucky cat. Despite being born with several birth defects affecting his eyes and abnormal development of his rear legs and chest, the cub is receiving the very best care and world-class veterinary treatment to help him overcome these challenges.

Veterinarians and Physicians Team Up to Treat Brain Malformation in Dog

July 02, 2018
Crash, a 6-year-old male German shepherd, was starting to tire more easily on his walks and seemed “spacey” and listless. An MRI revealed an intracranial arteriovenous malformation (AVM)-more commonly seen in humans-located within the brain and behind his eyes. Veterinary neurosurgeons collaborated with human specialists to treat his condition.

Remembering Norman Baker, Member of Inaugural Class of 1952

June 28, 2018

Dr. Norman Baker, DVM, passed away February 16, 2018. Dr. Baker, 91, was a member of the inaugural class of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) in 1952. Following his DVM studies, he completed a PhD in parasitology at UC Davis.

Farewell and Thank You to 2018 Retirees

June 28, 2018
In his State of the School address, Dean Michael Lairmore thanked the following faculty retirees for their many years of service: Carolyn Craig, Rance LeFebvre, James MacLachlan, Chuck Mohr, Peter Moore, Jorge Nieto, Peter Pascoe, Fern Tablin and David Wilson.

Plastic Pollution is a Menace to Birds

June 25, 2018

Lost or abandoned fishing line snares vast numbers of wildlife each year—a problem birders and outdoor groups are trying to combat. 

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