With more than 300 faculty and 110 residents, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is in its 67th year of providing veterinary training and clinical expertise and human-animal research.
“UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine leads the nation's 30 veterinary schools in research funding, attracting a total of $67.2 million in grants and contracts during the past fiscal year,” said Michael Lairmore, dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Trina Wood, Communication Officer at UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, pointed out the school’s advanced treatment ability for many types of animals including companion, zoo, livestock and equine. Able to handle 34 specialties and treat more than 47,000 animals annually at its Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), UC Davis is at the leading edge of veterinary research and clinical applications.
“One of the best features of the VMTH, and a distinct advantage to our clients, is the collaborative nature of the hospital,” Lairmore said. “Our specialty services-from nutrition to ophthalmology-work together to produce the best outcomes for our patients. Combining state of the art clinical care with a team approach forms the basis of the excellent veterinary care we're able to provide.”
Select research highlights, according to Wood and University documents, include:
1) Cancer treatment becoming more targeted with their TrueBeam Linear Accelerator. It provides more focused cancer treatment, creating a shorter treatment time, requiring less anesthesia.
2) One horse and 12 dogs so far have been treated with the veterinary school’s therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) treatment. As part of the VMTH’s Hemodialysis and Renal Medicine Service, this process removes “antibodies, toxins and abnormal proteins” from patients’ plasma, and introduces donated plasma into the patients to reduce the likelihood of an “immunologic attack."
Another highlight of UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine is its focus on One Health. “Many of those research projects involve a One Health approach-looking at an issue as it relates to animals, humans and the environment," Lairmore said.
Detailing the One Health approach, Lairmore expanded upon a global One Health research effort. “An example of this approach impacting the school's research efforts is PREDICT, a project of USAID's Emerging Pandemic Threats Program led by the school's One Health Institute. PREDICT brings together international experts in veterinary medicine, epidemiology, wildlife ecology, virology, genetics and other specialties to create a global early warning system for zoonotic illnesses such as the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009. The program is active in 20 countries that are emerging infectious disease hot spots.”
Looking forward to the future and the college’s goals, Lairmore said, “we're proud of the positive impact we've made around the globe and close to home in leading veterinary medicine and addressing societal needs.”
At a Glance
Location: Davis, Calif.
Programs: DVM, MPVM, DVM/Ph.D, Residency, MS, MPH
Opened: September 1948
Enrolled: 524 DVM Students; 24 Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) Students; 170 Graduate Students
Scholarships Available: Yes. $1.7 million available through at least 650 scholarships