UC Davis Today: Shaping the future of veterinary medicine

Operating room with person in scrubs and an anesthetized mountain lion

Shaping the future of veterinary medicine

It’s not every day that first-year resident  in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service Suanúa Serrano-García (above) removes teeth from a mountain lion. But that is the kind of experience offered at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, where students and residents learn to work with all types of animals, including livestock, poultry, companion animals, wildlife, birds, aquatic mammals, fish and more. 

With an eye to the global picture, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine takes a One Health approach, which is defined as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines—working locally, nationally and throughout the world—to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. Researchers have used this strategy in projects ranging from mountain gorillas in Africa to marine life in the state of Washington.

On Friday, March 15, the school will celebrate its research discoveries with a grand opening of Veterinary Medicine 3B. The new four-story research facility brings together 50 faculty members from more than two dozen disciplines and nearly 40 research teams consisting of faculty, project scientists, laboratory staff and graduate students exploring a variety of animal-health issues such as environmental pollution, food safety, public health and infectious diseases. 

The school, founded in 1948 and consistently ranked among the top veterinary schools in the nation, offers a professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, a Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program, a graduate clinical residency program and graduate academic MS and PhD programs.

From raptor rehabilitation to genetic analysis, the school includes 28 research and service centers, including diagnostic testing services, oiled wildlife response, equine health research, continuing education, extension and community outreach. 

Suanúa Serrano-García prepares to remove a damaged canine tooth from Shoshone, an 8-year-old, privately owned mountain lion, at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Don Preisler/UC Davis photo

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