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UC DAVIS UPDATE

UC Davis Takes a One Health
Approach to New Clinical Discoveries
Rob Warren, UC Davis VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer

T

he One Health theme-recognizing the connection between the health of animals, people,
and the environment-encompasses much
of what the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) accomplishes. And it is always exciting
for veterinarians and physicians alike when those
initiatives are achieved at the school's veterinary hospital. Many examples of veterinarians and physicians
learning from and working with each other to benefit both veterinary and human medicine have taken
place over the past few years.
Just recently, two cardiologists from the UC Davis School
of Medicine (SOM) joined the veterinary hospital's Cardiology Service to treat a dog with a patent ductus arteriosis - a
life-threatening heart defect. Standard veterinary treatments
had failed, but with this partnership, the dog received a new
approach taken from human medicine. While it is still early
in the dog's recovery, the surgery appears to have been a success. Hopefully, this exciting collaboration has given the veterinary team-and the residents they train-a new treatment
approach.
The Ophthalmology Service has an ongoing, mutually
beneficial connection with the SOM to advance eye health
through shared research and clinical care. Their monthly joint
rounds and research projects have paved the way for groundbreaking new treatments in veterinary medicine like corneal
surgical techniques routinely performed on humans that will
advance vision restoration in animals.
Examples of veterinarians and physicians working together
to advance both human and animal health have also occurred
within the veterinary hospital's surgical teams, both small and
large animal. Clinical trials of drugs and treatments that cross
species are making strides to improve both human and animal
health, like a current evaluation of a new class of anti-inflammatory drugs in horses for treatment of joint disease. This collaboration may lead to techniques that will be applicable for
future use in humans.
Even hospital clients are helping to facilitate collaborations. At a recent equine examination, radiographs and a CT
scan revealed a mass encroaching on a horse's eye socket and
blocking the right nasal cavity and numerous sinuses, including the frontal sinus, directly in front of the brain. Normally,
removal of that tumor is achieved by making a large incision
in the area in order to burr (with rotary power tool) and chisel
the rock-hard tumor away. Unfortunately, there is no way for
surgeons to determine how close they are getting to critical
areas such the eye or the brain. The horse's owner discussed

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UC Davis veterinary and human medicine cardiologists collaborate on a surgery
to correct a heart defect in a dog.

the case with her close friend, an otolaryngologist specializing in human sinus surgery, who suggested a technique used
in human medicine that has made extensive sinus cases safe.
Utilizing an image-guided navigation system, equine surgeons could operate on the tumor while identifying the precise position of their surgical instruments on a CT scan at
every moment, avoiding inadvertent entry into the brain and
eye socket. The otolaryngologist joined the equine surgeons
for a successful procedure.
Perhaps the most collaborative aspect of medicine between
veterinarians and physicians at UC Davis is through the
Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). Recently, SOM
oncologist Dr. Robert Canter and SVM oncologist Dr.
Michael Kent launched a clinical trial to keep cancers in
canines from metastasizing or spreading. Because of collaborations such as this, the CCC has received the first National
Cancer Institute grant in the country to fund a comparative
oncology training program.
" Comparative oncology represents the best of both medical worlds, " said Dr. Canter, commenting on UC Davis' One
Health approach to solving medical problems. " It is crucial
to advancing the understanding of tumor biology, speeding development of therapies, and giving hope to patients -
whether they are people or pets. " P

The Ophthalmology Service has an
ongoing, mutually beneficial connection
with the SOM to advance eye health
through shared research and clinical care.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - April 2021

Pulse - April 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Optimizing Veterinary Practice Staff Increases Efficiency and Retains Clients
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - April 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
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Pulse - April 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - April 2021 - Practical Pathology
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Pulse - April 2021 - UC Davis Update
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