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A NEW ERA OF ONE HEALTH
With the recent coronavirus pandemic, veterinary medicine has gained increasing recognition for contributing to human and environmental health. UC Davis is leading the way.
PANDEMIC RESPONSE
In this new UC Davis video podcast series, hosts Michael D. Lairmore, dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Allison Brashear, dean of the School of Medicine, examine the collaboration taking place across UC Davis and consider the pathways to progress that lie ahead.
The 10-year PREDICT Project, part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, was initiated in 2009 to strengthen health security and global capacity for the detection and discovery of viruses of pandemic potential that can move between animals and people.
The new web app features interactive maps and graphs, allows users to get a simple comparison of COVID-19 trends over time, and tracks COVID-19 cases by country, state and county.
ADVANCES
UC Davis Veterinarians Use Artificial Intelligence to Aid in the Diagnosis of Addison’s Disease
Veterinarians have developed an algorithm utilizing artificial intelligence to detect Addison’s disease, a rare, life-threatening illness in dogs. Read more
Livestock Have Pandemics Too
The Western Institute for Food Safety and Security at UC Davis has been awarded a $560k grant from the USDA National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program to increase preparedness on dairy farms and poultry raising facilities. Read more
INSPIRING STORIES
Specialists Collaborate to Remove Cancerous Tumor
When Tilden, a 10-year-old old cat, started to get picky about his food, his owners chalked it up to age. But they grew increasingly concerned when he started losing weight and becoming less active. An ultrasound revealed a suspected tumor and led Tilden's owners to UC Davis where they sought the help of specialists in the veterinary oncology service. Read more
Three Equine Specialties Come Together to Heal Horse
Cooper, a quarter horse gelding was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital after his owner noticed spooking behavior. The hospital’s ophthalmologists noticed an obstruction in Cooper’s vision, but also noticed an unrelated abnormality on his face. The two separate conditions set him back a few months, but ultimately, he emerged a much healthier, happier horse. Read more
UC DAVIS CANINE CANCER VACCINE TRIAL
The UC Davis Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials is one of three national participants in the Vaccination Against Canine Cancer Study (VACCS trial). The goal of the VACCS trial is to evaluate a new vaccine strategy for the prevention of cancer in dogs. If successful, this study could also provide important justification for eventually looking at a similar approach in humans. Learn more about this and other clinical trials.
PREPARING LEADERS
Reaffirming our Commitment to Community and Social Justice
Our principles must guide us as we confront and reject all manifestations of discrimination—and the violence that can accompany it—within our university and in our communities. Read more
UC Davis Alters Veterinary Curriculum Amid Pandemic
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recently altered its curriculum to adjust to the changing academic landscape during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
GIVING IN ACTION
Presidential Endowed Chairs Enhance Clinical Innovation and Patient Care
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the school established its first presidential endowed chairs—one of the most prestigious honors a faculty member can receive. Read more
Leading the Way in Livestock Health
As the top-ranked veterinary school in the world, UC Davis sets the bar for innovation – even when it comes to breeding sheep from embryos half way around the globe. When Snazzy Duckworth wanted to incorporate the hardy Awassi breed into her existing herd, she turned to Dr. Bret McNabb and the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service. Read more
NEW DNA TESTS FROM THE VETERINARY GENETICS LABORATORY
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has launched an updated website and several new tests for the veterinary community. Beyond the easily searchable genetic tests offered, the VGL’s new website also features a genetics glossary, color coat resources, and educational materials. Order a test or learn more
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