As many of you are aware, Northern California has been facing extensive wildfires. Unfortunately, as a result, many animals became separated from their owners. This has left many animals injured and in need of medical attention. To address this need in our neighboring communities, the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team has provided care to rescued animals both at disaster sites and within our teaching hospital.
Our students, staff, and faculty have joined together in this time of need to support one another and the rescue efforts in incredible ways. Many areas of the hospital have been converted to burn units to support the continuous care, pain management, and bandaging required to nurse these animals back to health. Countless individuals have selflessly volunteered their time and energy to ensure that optimal care can be given to each animal. In addition to providing medical care, the veterinary school has been reuniting animals with their families, providing hope in a time of tragedy and hardship.
The roles of veterinarians are vast. I feel so fortunate to be a member of the UC Davis community during this time of need. It has been amazing to witness a communtiy band together to make a positive impact. Our field is such a unique component of society consisting of so many far-reaching means by which we can make a difference. Therefore, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the devotion that so many have shown by providing tireless service to animals and people in need. You are all an inspiration and make me proud to be a future veterinarian.