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Jockeying Through Med School, Peterson To Ride First Mount At Del Mar

August 03, 2018
Farrin Peterson, 26, from Roseville in Northern California, is an honors student in her fourth year of studies at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She's also named to ride Chocolate Goddess for trainer Aggie Ordonez in Friday's second race at Del Mar.

Backyard Chickens are Dying in Droves in Southern California

August 02, 2018
Raising backyard chickens has become a fun hobby for many urban dwellers in the San Joaquin Valley, but a devastating poultry disease currently raging in Southern California could put those birds and others in jeopardy.

Q&A with Dr. Susan Stover

August 01, 2018
Dr. Susan Stover has been funded frequently by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Her goal in recent research is the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in equine athletes.

Mutation Behind Immune-Mediated Myositis in Horses Identified

July 31, 2018
A somewhat mysterious, sometimes fatal muscle-related disease in Quarter Horses is getting a little clearer. Researchers recently determined that immune-mediated myositis (IMM) is due to a genetic mutation encoding a protein that’s expressed in adult equine muscle.

Scientists Discover New Ebolavirus in Bats in Sierra Leone

July 27, 2018
Scientists have identified a novel ebolavirus in free-tailed bats in Sierra Leone, providing the strongest evidence to date that bats are the natural hosts of these viruses. The new virus, called Bombali virus, was found in insectivorous bats roosting inside people’s houses. There is currently no evidence of human infection or spillover of this virus.

Sac Zoo's Snow Leopard Cub Receives Physical Therapy

July 24, 2018
UC Davis veterinary specialists are helping a baby snow leopard, born in May at the Sacramento Zoo, with a condition known as “swimmer’s syndrome,” a developmental deformity that forces animals to paddle their legs like turtles when they try to walk.

Update from Nutrition Services on Concern Between Diets and DCM in Dogs

July 23, 2018
There are recent concerns about reports of heart disease in some dogs eating commercial diets. UC Davis Nutrition Support Services provides this statement to offer guidance to owners/veterinarians regarding the nutritional aspects of this condition and best practice information regarding blood testing for taurine status.

Summer Programs Prepare Future Veterinarians

July 20, 2018
While part of UC Davis seems to operate at a slower pace in the summer, the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is buzzing with activity as we host six different pre-veterinary programs for elementary to college students. This outreach is designed to show younger kids what being a veterinarian is like and to prepare older students for careers in veterinary medicine and research.

UC Davis Investigates Link Between Dog Diets and Deadly Heart Disease

July 19, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. UC Davis is leading the investigation between these dog diets and heart disease.

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.