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A CASE FOR SUPPORT


“I am proud to support the vision and programs of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. It has been a great resource for the care of my pets. Not only do they train the very best veterinarians, but they also are committed to finding innovative treatments and cures for animals

Miss Doris Da y

everywhere. I am proud that our Doris Day Animal Foundation is helping to fund education for

DONOR

future veterinarians.�


A message from our

Dean

Power, passion and promise are traits of an exceptional veterinary institution. They are at the core of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s commitment to the health and well-being of animals. Since we welcomed our first students in 1948, the school has built a reputation as a top-tier academic institution. Our success stems from our longstanding strengths as an academic teaching hospital with compassionate veterinarians and staff; our collaborative, multidisciplinary culture; and our use of the most advanced technology to solve veterinary health issues. We’re proud of our rich history of contributions to veterinary medicine. At the heart of our success are our philanthropic partners— visionary leaders who share our commitment to improve the health of animals, and our communities. Some are looking to the school’s researchers to find better treatments and cures for animal diseases and conditions. Many are grateful clients who have developed longstanding, personal connections with the veterinarians who have cared for their beloved pets. Others are alumni, emeriti faculty and staff who are dedicated to the school. Whatever their connection, our donors share one common thread: A passion for animal health. As we look toward the future, we are energized by the knowledge that the school will be at the forefront of new scientific breakthroughs that will have a direct impact on animal lives. We seek additional partners to help us fulfill our promise. Join us. Together, we will improve the health and well-being of animals, humans and our world. Sincerely,

Bennie I. Osburn Dean, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Bennie I. Osburn DEAN UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine


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Our

Mission

The mission of the School of Veterinary Medicine is to discover, develop and deliver new knowledge that benefits animals, the people who care for them, and the environment we all share. We fulfill our mission by: Training exceptional veterinarians, scientists and other animalhealth professionals Conducting research to solve challenges in animal, human and environmental health

We promise to continue Sharing our discoveries locally and around the world Providing unparalleled and compassionate care to animals large and small, wild and domestic

advancing animal, human and environmental health by educating the next generation of veterinarians and sharing our discoveries locally and around the world.

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The UC Da vis

Difference

With a talented and dedicated

the health and well-being of

cadre of faculty, staff and

animals, humans and our world.

students, the UC Davis School power to respond to animal

EXCELLENCE IN E D U C AT I O N

health challenges and tackle

UC Davis is the only veterinary

future problems head-on.

school in the University of

of Veterinary Medicine has the

We’re doing things no one could have imagined possible when we welcomed our first students in 1948: Pioneering kidney transplants in cats; developing genetically engineered vaccines to prevent widespread infectious disease; and analyzing animal DNA to

California system and the only public veterinary school in California. Since 1948, UC Davis has trained more

Our alumni have had exemplary

than 5,000 Doctor of Veterinary

careers in diverse industries,

Medicine graduates, 1,000

from pet food nutrition to cancer

residents, and 850 Master of

to infectious disease research

Preventive Veterinary Medicine

and beyond.

degree recipients.

Our dynamic curriculum

solve crimes. Our innovations

In addition to training small-

balances traditional and

and educational programs

and large-animal veterinarians,

innovative teaching methodolo-

are transforming the field of

UC Davis develops leaders in

gies. The school has pioneered

veterinary medicine, and we

public health, pathology, neuro-

specialties in equine surgery,

remain committed to improving

surgery, toxicology and more.

shelter animal medicine,

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Applying research T O

I M P R O V I N G

ANIMAL,

HUMAN

HEALTH

“I didn’t fully realize the significant roles that veterinarians play until I started veterinary school. I decided to pursue a career in the fight against cancer after an internship following graduation, during which I learned that animals with cancer can receive treatment while also maintaining a good quality of life. That internship also showed me the importance of research, which is one of our most critical endeavors at UC Davis. It is

Dr. Michael Kent

only through research, both in the lab and in the clinic, that we can develop more effective, yet less toxic, treatments for cancer and other diseases in

FA C U LT Y M E M B E R , ALUMNUS AND DONOR

animals. And I hope that our studies will impact human health by finding better treatments for people with cancer as well. While the school does receive some government support, the vast majority of our funding now has to come from other sources. The clinical service, teaching and research efforts can’t happen without donor support. I give to the veterinary school financially because the work done here is vital to animal health.”


The UC Da vis

Difference

hematology, urology, behavior,

of our work is conducted in 14

cattle in Africa in 1980—helped

dentistry, hemodialysis, feline

Centers of Excellence, which are

save both animal and human

kidney transplantation, small

focused on turning ideas into

lives, as the people there count

animal joint replacement, pet

action.

on cattle for food, transport and

nutrition, emergency preparedness and more. H I G H - I M PA C T DISCOVERIES The School of Veterinary Medicine has long been at the forefront of research to identify, diagnose, treat and prevent emerging diseases and conditions that threaten animal, human and environmental health. Much

Outcomes of faculty research

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agricultural production.

have defined industry standards

The school benefits from sharing

in veterinary care, from common

the same campus with a major

vaccines to prevent feline

medical school, a university

leukemia to complex procedures

hospital, and renowned

such as hemodialysis. Their work

agriculture and environmental

has had far-reaching impacts.

science programs. Cross-

For example, the development

collaborations among faculty are

of a vaccine for rinderpest—a

making inroads into areas such as

devastating cattle disease that

avian influenza, autism, cancer,

wiped out $400 million worth of

diabetes and food safety.

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E M B R A C I N G

T H E

Human-Animal Bond “I was originally interested in human medicine, but decided I could help both the welfare of animals and their owners as a veterinarian. At UC Davis, I’ve gained more understanding about the importance of the human-animal bond. By improving the welfare of animals, I believe that veterinarians also can have a great impact on people. UC Davis is teaching me high-quality medicine so I can be a successful clinician and help to bring new developments in veterinary medicine to my colleagues and to pet owners. I plan to be involved with the community and local veterinary medical association to keep abreast of scientific developments in veterinary medicine and in other professional sciences to promote the One World, One Medicine, One Health initiative. Currently, as more veterinarians are retiring, there is a growing demand for veterinarians. Therefore, I also plan to mentor children and youth, with the hope that they will be inspired to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.�

Jonathan Quan CLASS OF 2010


The UC Da vis

Difference hemodialysis, our clinics provide

supply and ensuring the

the highest-quality emergency

well-being of food animals is a

care when the unexpected

school priority. Partnerships with

happens. The school’s equine

state and federal agencies provide

sports performance services are

consistent, rapid response and

world renowned.

applied research to the beef

The school’s clinics do not just care for patients. They also offer C O M PA S S I O N AT E CLINICAL CARE With both small- and largeanimal clinics, the school’s William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is a vital community and state resource for animals needing routine, speciality or critical care. Clinical faculty, residents, students and staff provide advanced services and treatments—many pioneered at the school—to more than 32,000 companion and large animals each year. In addition

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and dairy cattle and poultry industries.

dynamic, hands-on training to

The school partners with

students, who apply knowledge

regulatory agencies, community

learned in the classroom to

groups and animal-health

real-life cases. From simple

professionals to ensure the

wound treatments to complex

well-being of animals when

surgeries, each procedure helps

disaster strikes. Through focused

our students become exceptional

research and development of

veterinary practitioners.

animal-care protocols, faculty have streamlined the response to

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY

oil spills and greatly increased

UC Davis has a deep commitment

wildlife. In addition, the school’s

to public service, providing

veterinary emergency response

indispensable health care,

team assists the California Office

research, education and outreach

of Emergency Services with

to communities worldwide.

animal rescues during forest fires,

to preventive care and specialty

In an increasingly dynamic agri-

services such as chemotherapy,

cultural environment, protecting

radiation oncology, dentistry and

the safety of California’s food

the chances of survival for oiled

floods and other emergencies.

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Genetics Studies into inherited diseases in animals—such as a gene mutation that causes bladder stones in Dalmatians—are helping scientists better understand related problems in humans.

Pet food safety UC Davis veterinary researchers discovered the lethal combination of melamine and cyanuric acid that prompted a major pet-food recall in 2007.

Cancer UC Davis veterinary oncologists are developing therapies for naturally occurring cancers that strike companion animals and humans alike.

Environmental safety UC Davis developed air quality measurement tools used by the Environmental Protection Agency to set national air quality standards.

Neuroscience Veterinary researchers collaborate with human health scientists to study the possible role that environmental contaminants play in the development of autism.


Because veterinary medicine is inextricably linked to human medicine and the environment, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine practices the concept of “One Health.” First described by the late emeritus professor Calvin Schwabe, One Health is an approach in which physicians, veterinarians and other scientists combine their knowledge and skills to treat diseases and conditions affecting all species.    Veterinary medicine plays an important role in biomedical research, particularly in the fields of cancer, neuroscience, genetics and infectious disease. Collaborations between animal-health and human-health practitioners ensure a safe, healthy food supply and environment, confront the widespread threat of diseases, and improve our understanding of human-animal relationships.

   Veterinary medicine also plays an essential role in environmental conservation and resource management. Conditions in oceans and rivers, on land and in the air affect the health of all living organisms. Students and scientists at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine work to conserve the quality, availability and biodiversity of our world’s shared resources, balancing the needs of humans and wildlife.

Human food safety Veterinary researchers are studying where parasites and bacteria, such as e. coli, exist in the wild, how they are associated with cattle and wildlife, and what kind of risks they pose to the human food supply.


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Looking

Ahead

From genetic breakthroughs to animal welfare and food safety, we’re proud of the success the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has realized in its short history. And we’re excited about the new frontiers that we have yet to explore. As we look ahead, we are committed to sustaining and strengthening the school’s excellence by respecting tradition and embracing innovation. We are pursuing our vision along five parallel paths: Supporting the next generation of veterinarians UC Davis recruits the best and brightest students with a deep

We are committed to sustaining and strengthening the school’s excellence by respecting tradition and embracing innovation.

commitment to animal health and well-being. While the school’s rigorous education program itself is challenging, the biggest hurdle many students face is an enormous financial burden. Declining government funding contributes to fee hikes and poses a barrier to a veterinary education for many people. Upon graduation, many graduates face a student loan debt of more than $100,000.

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PA S S I O N AT E

A B OUT

“One Health” “From the microscopic to the macroscopic, if it has something to do with animal health, more than likely UC Davis is involved. Because I believe there is an incredible crossover between human and animal health, I’m particularly excited about the collaborative ‘One Health’ research between UC Davis veterinarians and human doctors. The school serves as an important information source on animal and human health issues ranging from infectious disease to food safety. Every day, in my own small way, I feel I am making the world a little better for animals and the people who love them. I give to the school because I am thankful for my education and training, and because I hope that, by helping the school, it can continue to make the world a lot better for animals and the people

Dr. Grace Bransford

around them.” ALUMNA AND DONOR

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Looking

Ahead

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numerous benefactors, the

Recruiting and retaining faculty

school has been able to provide

An exceptional university is

financial assistance to many

distinguished by its faculty.

students in need. By growing

The school seeks to add to its

our scholarship endowment,

cadre of talent by recruiting

we can continue to attract

additional faculty from diverse

outstanding students and lessen

disciplines. One crucial edge

the financial burden they carry

in recruitment is endowed

when they embark on their

chairs and professorships—

careers.

the hallmarks of academic

Thanks to the generosity of

excellence for both their

Thanks to the generosity

holders and the university.

of numerous benefactors,

Faculty who hold these distinctions often pioneer advanced

the school has been able to

initiatives and attract high

provide financial assistance

caliber colleagues and students to their programs.

to many students in need.

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Looking

Ahead

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Creating a contemporar y educational and research environment

porary facilities have addressed

animals and sometimes even

accreditation issues and brought

extended to human health.

students and faculty together in

Support for general medicine

The School of Veterinary

a highly collaborative setting.

and surgery research has led to

Medicine is in the home

Continued focus on facilities,

new techniques and protocols

stretch of a decade-long capital

particularly of the school’s

that minimize trauma and

initiative that, along with state

Veterinary Medical Teaching

accelerate recovery.

and campus support, helped

Hospital, will underscore our

to fund five new buildings in

commitment to excellence in

UC Davis’ burgeoning Health

education, teaching and clinical

Ser ving local and global communities

Sciences District. These contem-

care, as well as enhance and

The school is committed to

improve the care we provide.

service of the highest level— service that enhances the quality

Bolstering research to save animal lives

of life for animals, people and

Researchers at the school depend

invaluable programs and services

on philanthropic support for

require charitable support to

much of their work. More than

survive. Private funds support

$60 million in charitable gifts

a range of critical services, such

over the past decade has funded

as advising animal shelters and

studies in genetics, orthopedics

removing abandoned fishing

and cancer, among other areas,

gear from the ocean.

the environment. Many of our

with results that have benefited

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WI L D AB O U T T H E SCHOOL’S SC I E N CE - B A S E D APPROACH TO

wildlife and equine health “As long-time advocates of wildlife and domestic animals, we are impressed by the School of Veterinary Medicine’s work to protect their health and their ecosystems through science and education. UC Davis is the ‘go to’ organization for government agencies such as the Fish & Wildlife Service when they need science-based analysis of wildlife issues. We are also impressed with the school’s efforts to advance the care and performance of horses since Judy is an avid equestrian. We give to the school because we know our money will be well spent and will help provide outstanding services to animals and the people who love them. While we’re not

Chuck and Judy Wheatley

alumni of UC Davis, we so believe in the School of Veterinary Medicine that we support it equally with our alma maters. That should say it all!”

DONORS


The Power of

Philanthropy

Whether ensuring a safe food supply or analyzing animal DNA to solve crimes, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is a critical resource both regionally and globally. As support from state and federal sources continues to decline, charitable giving becomes even more critical to our ability to conduct cutting-edge research, construct and renovate contemporary facilities, and attract top faculty and students who will forge new paths in veterinary medicine. We are grateful for our many alumni, friends, grateful clients,

Charitable giving remains

businesses and foundations who generously contribute to the school through philanthropic gifts. Each shares our commitment to expert,

critical to our ability

humane and compassionate care for all animals—a promise that will

to conduct cutting-edge

remain our guiding principle for the future.

research, construct and Now is an extraordinary time to join our efforts. We invite you to partner with us as we continue to define and transform the future of

renovate contemporary

veterinary medicine.

facilities, and attract top faculty and students.

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Rachel Kaplan

“I feel so lucky to have a UC Davis education. I have the good fortune to be taught by experts in every area of the field.

CLASS OF 2010

My teachers and mentors are truly on the cutting edge of science and medicine. I can move forward with confidence in my future endeavors because I know that my education is second to none.�


Dean’s Office – Development One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616 (530) 752-7024 www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu


UC Davis School of Vet Med Case Statement