UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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The University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, is the largest veterinary school in the United States. Established in 1948, the school is the primary health resource for California's various animal populations. The school is ranked 2nd for veterinary schools in the country. It is located in the southwest corner of the main campus of the University of California, Davis. The current Dean of Veterinary Medicine is Michael Lairmore.


The school consists of six different academic departments:

UC Davis is trying a new DVM curriculum for the class of 2015. This curriculum has been in development for 5 years. In the new curriculum, 75% of the material is didactic curriculum core material and 25% is elective material. In the first year, students will gain a solid understanding of the normal structure, function and homeostasis of animals. Year two is focused on pathophysiology and mechanisms of disease of animals. The third year is aimed to teach the manifestations of animal diseases including history, diagnosis, therapeutic and prevention strategies. The fourth year is nothing but clinical work which is broken up into nine different tracks from which a student may choose. The tracks are Equine Track, Equine/Small Animal Track, Food Animal Track, Food/Small Animal Track, Large Animal Track, Mixed Animal Track, Small Animal Track, Zoological Track and Individual Track.[1]

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The School of Veterinary Medicine was on the forefront of research into the 2007 pet food recalls.[1]. Other areas of research include chronic progressive lymphedema in horses and H1N1 influenza.

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding with the California Department of Fish and Game, the school's Wildlife Health Center administers the Oiled Wildlife Care Network on behalf of the government of California. OWCN directly operates facilities for the cleaning and rehabilitation of oiled wildlife at Cordelia and San Pedro, and in emergencies can also draw upon the resources of 23 participating organizations.


  1. ^ "UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine." UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Web. 02 May 2012. <http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/.>.

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Coordinates: 38°32′19″N 121°45′42″W / 38.538703°N 121.761713°W / 38.538703; -121.761713