Horse Receives Honorary Degree from UC Davis

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No one wants to see their horse spend a long time confined at a veterinary hospital. But for Teddy, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, his lengthy stay at the UC Davis Center for Equine Health resulted in an unusual but well deserved honor.

Teddy was recognized with an honorary degree from UC Davis for being a “Master Equine Educator.” You can call him Dr. Teddy.

Aspiring veterinarians at UC Davis got to know Teddy well during his time at the center. Students administered his routine treatments, such as vaccinations and deworming. Teddy was also a patient for more specialized treatments for a neurological disorder as well as stem cell therapy.

Many veterinary students come into their education without extensive large-animal experience. Teddy’s kind nature and evident enjoyment of human companionship made him an ideal patient for students still learning how to interact with horses.

“He would greet us with ears pricked forward, eyes bright,” said Dr. Claudia Sonder, director of the UC Davis Center for Equine Health. “I stood with my team in front of him on numerous occasions to discuss his progress, evaluate his comfort level and remark upon his cheerful nature despite months of confinement. It was clear to us that he trusted us and enjoyed our companionship.”

Congratulations to Teddy, and all of this year’s vet school graduates!

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