The University of California’s Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has this month had a rather different graduate than usual—Dr Teddy the thoroughbred. The 19-year-old now-doctor received his honorary degree for being a ‘Master Equine Educator’ to UC’s veterinary students.
Dr Teddy has been an invaluable instructor to UC’s students, spending the past year at their clinic in the school’s teaching hospital and being available for over two dozen appointments.
“Teddy was the first patient I ever had on my clinical rotations,” said Carin Stevens a member of Teddy’s graduating class. “Signing up for your first patient is quite a nerve racking experience as you try to figure out how to go through the motions of being a fourth-year student and integrating all of the medicine you have learned up to that point. Teddy was the perfect patient.”
Dr Teddy is known on campus for his love of human interaction, which helped students with little large animal experience relax.
“He would greet us with ears pricked forward, eyes bright, and an unspoken inquiry of what the day would hold,” said Dr Claudia Sonder, Director at 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.”
“Teddy provided an exceptional educational experience for staff, students, residents and faculty from many hospital services,” said Dr Larry Galuppo, chief of the Equine Surgery and Lameness Service. “His care truly touched so many.”
“The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is number one in the world due to its remarkable faculty, their cutting edge research and inspirational teaching, and its students, each of whom is exceptional in their own right,” said Teddy’s owners Bob and Colleen Haas. “For Teddy to be the first equine to ‘graduate’ from UC Davis as a Master Equine Educator is beyond comprehension. We’re so grateful to everyone at UC Davis for Teddy’s care.”