“I’m pleased to see that we have improved our standing even further this year in this AVMA report,” said Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “With our leading educational experience and excellent financial outcomes, UC Davis remains the best value in veterinary education.”
Heart disease is a killer threat for southern sea otters feasting on domoic acid in their food web, according to a study led by UC Davis. Sea otters are an amazing indicator of what’s happening in the coastal environment, and to humans.
After the coronavirus pandemic, humans will face continued concerns about our vulnerability to new illnesses. In fact, we’ll need to take the One Health lessons learned from our response to COVID-19 and use them to make sure future pandemics aren’t as devastating.
UC Davis Health and UC Davis Veterinary medicine researchers have been awarded a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute for a study on age-related macular degeneration.
First Year of Equine PET Scans at Santa Anita is Success 
In December 2019, Santa Anita Park Installed the world’s first MILE-PET device, a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner specifically designed to image standing racehorses. Where do things stand a year later? Read more
Novel Treatment Leads to Dog’s Recovery
Life for Miro, has been what his owner describes as an “emotional roller coaster” over the past two years. But a clinical trial at the UC Davis veterinary hospital may have put him back on a positive track. Read more
Collaborative Outreach Saves Kitten with Rare Disorder
When Lucy was not progressing as much as her littermate, Hannah “Kitten Lady” Shaw reached out to Dr. Karen Vernau at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. Lucy’s blood samples were sent to UC Davis, where hypothyroidism was confirmed. We can look forward to more opportunities for these types of collaborations in the school’s future Veterinary Medical Center. Read more
UC Davis Veterinary Students Expand Care for Pets of Homeless
Davis Pet Advocacy and Wellness (PAW): A Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless is a local satellite clinic of the existing Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless. Opened in November, Davis PAW will provide not only a valuable service to the community but also hands-on experience for UC Davis veterinary students. Read more
Interested in the business side of veterinary practice? Presented by the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, this online program is an excellent investment for doctors considering practice ownership, as well as current owners and other practice leaders who want to take their business understanding to the next level. Learn more.
Leader in the Making: Adrian Santoyo
When Adrian Santoyo was in kindergarten, he drew a picture with a caption that said: “When I grow up, I want to be a doctor for the little cows.” Today, Santoyo is a member of the DVM Class of 2024 at UC Davis, and on the way to making his dream a reality. Read more
Training the Next Generation of Comparative Oncologists
UC Davis is taking a major leap forward in training the next generation of scientists engaged in cancer research, thanks to a prestigious National Institutes of Health T32 grant. The grant supports institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for pre and postdoctoral fellows to be trained in cancer research. Read more
Dog Battles Cancer After Family Loses Everything in Fire
The 2020 LNU Lightning Complex Fire devastated many lives. None more so than the owners of Quinn. Just before the fire erupted, Quinn was not feeling herself. After many tests, she came home on the night of August 18. That would be the last time she would be in that home. Read more
A Legacy of Loving Animals
Haidee Stade had a passion for animals—especially dogs. She helped many homeless animals by volunteering at her local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. While she passed away in 2014, her commitment to animals lives on through a legacy gift to the Center for Companion Animal Health. Read more
Don Jones, DVM ’74 graduated high school during turbulent times — the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests were in full swing.

Because of the color of his skin, he was told he could only seek his veterinary education at a black school in Alabama. He defied the advice and applied to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine instead.

Dr. Jones looks back at his successful 40+ year career and hopes others will follow in his footsteps. Read more