Research Equipment Support

Research Equipment SupportResearch Equipment Support

The CCAH launched its Faculty Equipment Grants Program in 2014 after recognizing the ongoing need of the school’s faculty to purchase new equipment and pay for replacements or repairs. “It’s hard to repair or replace equipment needed for research because most grants exclude equipment,” says Director Dr. Michael Kent. “If a freezer or centrifuge breaks, it needs to get done right away.”

In the program’s six years of existence, nearly $1.7 million, has been used to finance 115 total requests for equipment. During the 2020 round of funding, the CCAH fulfilled 21 requests — totaling more than $166,000 — for the following items:

Sonoriste Veterinary Edge II Ultrasound System
Principal Investigator: Amandeep Chohan
Benefit to Companion Animals: The Edge II ultrasound is used to apply guided nerve block techniques for treating companion animals, a practice that is the standard of care in human medicine.

Electrochemotherapy Unit
Principal Investigator: Amandine Lejeune
Benefit to Companion Animals: Electrochemotherapy increases the absorbency of tumor cells, thereby intensifying the concentration of drugs delivered to targeted areas.

5810R Eppendorf Centrifuge
Principal Investigator: Amir Kol
Benefit to Companion Animals: The updated centrifuge is used for research on stem cell
cultures, including the study of infectious diseases.

Non-Coherent Light Source for Photodynamic Therapy
Principal Investigator: Bianca DaCosta Martins
Benefit to Companion Animals: Photodynamic therapy offers a minimally invasive and cost-effective alternative to laser therapy in the treatment of superficial tumors.

Anesthesia Machine
Principal Investigator: Bruno Pypendop
Benefit to Companion Animals: This new machine replaces old technology to improve research on the use of anesthesia on dogs and cats.

Reptile Caging System
Principal Investigator: David Guzman
Benefit to Companion Animals: The new cages allow for individualized heat and lighting which is critical for behavioral thermoregulation in reptiles.

Software for force plate system (Qualisys)
Principal Investigator: Denis Marcellin-Little
Benefit to Companion Animals: This 3D software system replaces old technology for improved kinetic and gait analyses in dogs.

Replacement refrigerator, cell viability counter, and homogenizer
Principal Investigator: Jin Zhang
Benefit to Companion Animals: The cell viability counter and homogenizer is used for state-of-the-art technologies including single-cell sequencing in multiple species.

FLIR E96 - Advanced Thermal Camera
Principal Investigator: Joanne Paul-Murphy
Benefit to Companion Animals: The increased resolution of this FLIR E96 hand-held camera allows for better assessment and treatment of inflammation and thermal abnormalities in small species.

Odyssey 30 Holmium Laser System
Principal Investigator: Jodi Westropp
Benefit to Companion Animals: A wide-range of minimally invasive therapeutic procedures can be achieved on multiple species with this updated laser system.

Compact Touch Ultrasound Biomicroscope
Principal Investigator: Kathryn Koehler
Benefit to Companion Animals: Ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) system will allow us to study the accuracy in pre-operatively assessing depth of corneal lesions, report the invasiveness of different ocular neoplasms, and evaluate the anterior segment in eyes with corneal disease severe enough to inhibit intraocular examination.

Repair of ProteinSimple FluorChem E Digital Darkroom Imager
Principal Investigator: Kevin Woolard
Benefit to Companion Animals: Repair of imager used to routinely visualize western blots, nucleic acid gels, and perform bacterial or cell colony counts.

Q125 Sonicator, vortex mixer with multi-sample attachment, pipette controller, Multichannel pipettor (10-100 uL), Multichannel pipettor (20-100 uL)
Principal Investigator: Luke Wittenburg
Benefit to Companion Animals:  The Q125 Sonicator is used for multiple purposes including research projects requiring western blot, RNA immunoprecipitation or chromatin immunoprecipitation.  Applications include standard cell disruption, DNA/RNA shearing and homogenization. The Vortex Mixer with multi-sample holder is used for sample preparation for pharmacokinetic studies where drug extraction requires vortex mixing of multiple samples at a time for extended periods. The stripettor/pipette controller is used for liquid handling in tissue culture and benchtop laboratory procedures.

VikingQuest Electrodiagnostic Machine
Principal Investigator: Marguerite Knipe
Benefit to Companion Animals: An EMG machine records and analyzes the electrical activity in muscles. It is used to learn more about the functioning of nerves in the limbs of pets.

Nitrogen Storage Vessel and Accessories; Dry Ice Chest
Principal Investigator: Michelle Giuffrida
Benefit to Companion Animals: The nitrogen storage vessel and dry ice chest provide the ultra-low temperature equipment required to properly store and ship biological samples collected as part of clinical trials research at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The research studies are aimed at evaluating new therapies and vaccines to combat cancer and other diseases in companion animals.

Portable handheld ultrasound machine (C3 HD Vet - Convex Scanner)
Principal Investigator: Munashe Chigerwe
Benefit to Companion Animals: The portable, hand-held, ultrasound machine is used to diagnose common disease conditions, monitor, and perform clinical research, and improves patient welfare by allowing ultrasonographic imaging without needing to disconnect medications such as intravenous fluids and reduce stress associated with transporting animals to examination rooms.

Water bath, refrigerated centrifuge, vortexes, pipettes
Principal Investigator: Robert Rebhun
Benefit to Companion Animals: This grant replaces existing shared equipment in the core oncology laboratory, and the VMTH VCCT trials coordinators for processing and storage of clinical trials samples.  This equipment is also used for routine banking of tumor and correlative tissues.  

Air Science Purair RX USP 800 Compliant Ductless Fume Hood
Principal Investigator: Steven Epstein
Benefit to Companion Animals: This equipment complies with new laws related to the modification of drugs for use in research. It also serves to increase safety for the individuals developing the research drugs.

Pressure measurement system for joints and surgical implant fragment fixation (Tekscan K-Scan System)
Principal Investigator: Susan Stover
Benefit to Companion Animals: This equipment is used to improve the standard of care and research in fracture healing.

Repair of Mettler Toledo- New Classic ME Analytical Balance
Principal Investigator: Valerie Wiebe
Benefit to Companion Animals: This machine is used to develop compound pharmaceutical capsules and weigh product accurately for various species.

Flex Dex
Principal Investigator:  William Culp
Benefit to Companion Animals: The Flex Dex is an articulated, minimally invasive instrument allowing the user to perform robotic-like surgery leading to decreased pain and shorter recovery for companion animals.