IN BRIEF: VERT Tends to 100s of Animals

Woman uses stethoscope to listen to horse.
Doctor of veterinary medicine student Morgan Geller examines one of three horses rescued from a property that burned in the North Complex Fire. The horses were brought to campus for treatment. (UC Davis)


UC Davis’ Veterinary Emergency Response Team, or VERT, treated nearly 600 animals in the field in three days at the North Complex Fire near Oroville. Eleven animals from this fire, and one from another fire, wound up at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

The veterinarian-and-technician-and-student crews assisted with the triage of animals during search and rescue operations in Butte County. From six to 13 people responded each day.

Here are the daily reports, excerpted from the School of Veterinary Medicine’s North Complex wildfire response page:

  • Saturday (Sept. 12) — VERT personnel rescued, evaluated, triaged and/or treated 110 animals, including chickens, pigs, turkeys and ducks, and arranged for two horses and two goats to go to the veterinary hospital.
  • Sunday (Sept. 13) — 154 animals, including 14 koi. The UC Davis Aquatic Animal Health Unit coordinated with VERT to have the fish taken to a koi rescue facility in Paradise.
  • Monday (Sept. 14) — 315 animals (124 dogs, 111 cats, 29 birds, 26 rabbits, 11 pigs, seven chickens, four ducks, two goats and one sheep). The veterinary hospital took in seven animals (three goats, two chickens and two ducks). The hospital also received a tortoise that had been injured in a fire in Calaveras County.

The UC Davis Fire Department still has four firefighters assigned to the blaze.

Socially distanced Moove-In

Students wait in line outside The Green apartment complex.

Moove-In began today (Sept. 15) at The Green at West Village, a new apartment complex that will house about 600 transfer students for fall quarter. They lined up 6 feet apart, awaiting their appointment times. And, instead of having multiple family members and friends to help, students could have only one guest. The apartments with space for 1,000 students comprise Phase 1 of The Green. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

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Healthy UC Davis invites tobacco users in the university community to join the EX Program aimed at changing their status to ex-tobacco users. The evidence-informed, digital approach to quitting, is available free of charge to employees and students.

The time has never been better, said Keavagh Clift, co-lead of UC Davis Smoke and Tobacco Free, noting that smoking and vaping can increase people’s risk for severe COVID-19 illness should they become infected.

“Quitting tobacco makes the world look, taste, smell and feel better,” she said. “This summer, take charge of your health and well-being and get free help to quit tobacco through the EX Program.”

The program, according to its website, combines digital solutions from the Truth Initiative, which describes itself as the nation’s “largest nonprofit public health organization committed to making tobacco use a thing of the past,” with a proven treatment model from the Mayo Clinic.

Healthy UC Davis has a limited number of EX Program licenses for UC Davis affiliates. The program includes:

  • Customized quit plan
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  • Easy access to expert coaches via live chat
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  • An active, supportive online community of current and former tobacco users

UC Davis participants are eligible for gift cards and other gifts along the way.

Learn more here — and look for the sign-up link on that page.

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