The inspiration for a first-of-its-kind treatment by UC Davis veterinarians came from abroad, so now it's only natural a procedure to use tilapia skins for burn recovery in animals has gone international.
Jamie Peyton, chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, earlier this year used fish skins as a temporary bandage on the burned paws of a mountain lion and two bears injured in the Thomas Fire in Southern California. It was the first time the procedure — which was first used on humans in Brazil — had been attempted on animals. It was intended to provide pain relief and protect the wounds while they healed, Peyton said.
Last week she took her new technique to England. Peyton traveled there to apply fish skin to an 8-month-old pony who veterinarians think was deliberately splashed with acid and abandoned in Chesterfield, about 150 miles north of London.
She explained the procedure to the UK's ITV in the above video clip.
Women's water polo wins another national championship
The UC Davis women's water polo sport club has repeated as national champions. The team even faced the same opponents in the championship as last year — Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — and were again victorious.
The No. 1-ranked Aggies edged out the No. 2-ranked Mustangs Sunday (May 6), 5-4. Read more about the game on the Collegiate Water Polo Association website.