Department News and Updates! June 1, 2018


  • Students, staff and faculty participated in the Bishop Mule Days Celebration, competing in the Interscholastic Packing Competition, representing UCD at a department informational booth and showing Protégé and the yearling mule in several classes.
  • The Animal Biology Graduate Group intramural volleyball team won the league championship. Congratulations!


  • Matthias Hess co-authored “Microbial functional responses to long-term anthropogenic impact in mangrove soils”, published in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. [Link]
  • Amy McLean published “Can Scientists Influence Donkey Welfare? Historical Perspective and a Contemporary View” in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. [Link]


  • Alison Van Eenennaam presented “Understanding CRISPR Technology” to the California Seed Industry Conference; “Cattle Breeding and Sustainability” to the AGR Partners Food and Ag Forum; gave a Webinar on “Agricultural Scientific Communications: What PR People Need To Know” to the Agricultural Relations Council; and spoke on “Food Evolution – Getting the Correct Information About GMOs to the Consumer” at the CA/AZ Cattle Feeder Meeting; “The interdependence of sustainability, innovation, and science communication” at Canada Aquaculture; “The potential and pitfalls of gene editing in food animals” at the CRISPR & NBT AgBio Congress; and “Gene editing in food animals” at the World Meat Congress.
  • Cassandra Tucker presented “Current update on welfare programs for food animals in the US and beyond” and PhD student, Sarah Adcock, presented “The effect of disbudding age on healing and pain sensitivity in dairy calves” at the 2018 Dairy Cattle Welfare Symposium in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • UC Davis Young Cattlemen Members, Kim Carlson, Savanna Fee, Sarah Klopatek and Hannah Bill, attend the California Cattle Feeders meeting in San Diego, CA.