In Clinic


At the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, animals of all shapes, sorts and sizes receive state-of-the-art care ranging from blood transfusions and orthopedic surgery to chemo and radiation. Innovation and education happen here, where vet students team with board-certified faculty veterinarians and other practitioners to learn the latest treatment techniques, run clinical trials and study animal care at the specialty level. Best of all, the facility is open to the public.

Canines, felines, equines, avians, reptiles and other nonhumans are welcomed. Approximately 51,000 animal patients receive treatment each year at UC Davis’ veterinary teaching hospital, the second largest animal hospital in the country, based on caseload. Furthermore, it’s the largest veterinary teaching facility in the country, with hundreds of veterinarians and technicians on staff, working with students in various services including dentistry and oral surgery, integrative medicine (think acupuncture or physical therapy or pain control), cardiology, oncology, neurology, even fertility and reproduction. Our photographer got permission to step in back and document the inner workings of the hospital.

Animal health technicians and anesthesiologists prep a horse for surgery on a broken leg. Horses have come from as far as the Middle East to be treated at UC Davis.; Hundreds of tests are performed every day in the hospital’s Clinical Laboratory Service. The lab’s services include diagnostics, regenerative medicine and transfusion medicine.; Students and residents read the radiographs of Lola, a 10-year-old Chihuahua.; A specialist from the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service examines Brownie the rabbit following treatment for a broken leg and joint damage. 

Animal health technicians, students and anesthesiologists prep Ellie the basset hound and Surf the cat for surgery.; A resident veterinarian, training in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service, performs a periodontal examination on Rylee, a Jack Russell terrier.

Bella, an English bulldog, rides to her appointment with the Integrative Medicine Service. 

Clinton, a Boston terrier rescued by Front Street Shelter, is given rehabilitation treatments in the Integrative Medicine Service.