research

Mapping the Pathway to Gut Health in HIV and SIV Infections

November 20, 2019
Katti (Horng) Crakes, doctoral student in the schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, served as first author on a UC Davis research study that found that the damaged gut lining (known as leaky gut) in monkeys infected with chronic simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), an HIV-like virus, was rapidly repaired within five hours of receiving Lactobacillus plantarum bacteria. The outcome lends hope that leaky gut, a common condition among HIV patients, could be effectively treated in the future.

Recent DVM Grad and Jockey Shares Perspective on Horse Safety Debate

November 18, 2019
DVM grad Ferrin Peterson, Class of 2019, is also a professional jockey. She has spent much of her adult life traveling the world to see firsthand how training and veterinary practices vary around the world. She penned an open letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein to consider the steps that have been taken to improve racing safety.

Improving Animal Vision

June 03, 2019
It’s fitting that Dr. Sara Thomasy is an ophthalmologist. Her eyes light up when she talks about the breakthroughs being made at UC Davis thanks to recent acquisitions of state-of-the-art imaging equipment. Eight new pieces of imaging equipment and one new piece of laboratory technology, made possible by grants from the Center for Companion Animal Health, now allow the Ophthalmology Service to provide new levels of care.

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.

Sea Stars Imperiled by Wasting Disease Along West Coast

February 15, 2019
The combination of ocean warming and an infectious wasting disease has devastated populations of large sunflower sea stars once abundant along the West Coast of North America in just a few years, according to a study co-led by the University of California, Davis, and Cornell University published Jan. 30 in the journal Science Advances.

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.

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.