The School of Veterinary Medicine has honored a dairying family with the 2010 El Blanco Award.

The purpose of this award is to recognize the significant contributions that animal owners and other benefactors have made to clinical veterinary medicine through presentation of their afflicted animals for clinical studies, by offering hypotheses and evaluations of therapy, and by providing support for clinicians at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to pursue novel diagnostic or therapeutic methods.

The Rancho Teresita Dairy Receives the 2010 El Blanco Award from UC Davis. Long-time clients of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (VMTRC), Cornell and Teri Kasbergen of Rancho Teresita dairy, have received the 2010 El Blanco Award from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for ongoing contributions to the school's teaching mission and for their role in promoting important advances in animal health and well-being.

The Kasbergens were nominated for the award by Terry Lehenbauer, DVM, associate director of the Tulare center, who notes, "Rancho Teresita is valued as one of the most significant dairy herd clients and research collaborators of the VMTRC." The Kasbergens are one of about ten dairy producers in the region who receive clinical services from Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center faculty and provide teaching opportunities to School of Veterinary Medicine students and others.

Twice-weekly scheduled herd examinations have provided outstanding opportunities for fourth-year veterinary students to learn clinical skills and gain the knowledge in reproductive and transition cow health management that veterinary graduates must demonstrate. Veterinary residents based in Tulare also benefit from proximity to Rancho Teresita, where they receive advanced training, research opportunities and specialized experience in dairy production medicine.

Among the most progressive large-scale dairies in the United States since 1989, the Rancho Teresita dairy has also participated with the center's faculty in a multitude of research projects and clinical investigations, including the following examples: 

    * Role of colostrum in calf health and colostrum replacer research

    * Efficacy of feed additives

    * Evaluation of new pregnancy diagnostic techniques and timed reproductive protocols

    * Transition cow health

    * Conductive cooling technology for dairy cow heat stress

    * Dry cow mastitis prevention therapy