UC Davis Vet School Diagnostic Lab Performs Critical Disease Testing for Equine Herpesvirus

October 10, 2018
Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) is relatively widespread in horses; approximately 60 percent of healthy horses harbor the virus. While the more common form of EHV-1 can cause respiratory illness as well as abortion, it is rarely fatal. However, a neurological strain of this virus, also known as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), can kill 30 to 50 percent of affected horses. That's why it is critical for the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory to be able to use PCR testing to differentiate between strains.

Harnessing Hope and Healing

August 29, 2018
For more than 50 years, Michael Muir (yes, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir) has been breeding horses with the help of the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Equine Field Service and Equine Reproduction Service. His unique breed of the Stonewall Sporthorse wins national and international competitions--as well as the hearts of those who find a new lease on life from the therapy they provide.

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.

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.

A Deadly Strain of Equine Herpes Virus

April 27, 2018

Any time a large group of horses gather in one place, there is a chance for a viral outbreak. One in particular that has affected a multitude of shows and facilities in the past decade is a neurological strain of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) known as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM).

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Partners with Athletics to Form New Intercollegiate Equestrian Team

April 13, 2018

Considered an emerging sport by the NCAA, the UC Davis equestrian team will compete nationally against other large public schools like Fresno State, Georgia, and Texas A&M. A unique aspect of the equestrian team will be its partnership with the School of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – both regarded as world-leaders in teaching and research in their respective fields.

A Veterinary Scientist's Success Story

April 09, 2018

Dr. Finno, who holds both D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees, describes what being a veterinary scientist means to her. Her commitment to research is apparent in her academic accomplishments, which have been recognized nationally and internationally. She has received several prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions to advancing translational equine research.