Jane Sykes has been named chief medical officer at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis.
She has led the veterinary hospital for the past year as its interim chief medical officer.
“I am so thrilled to support our team of talented and caring clinicians, staff and students to bring cutting-edge veterinary care to animal owners throughout California and beyond,” said Sykes in a prepared statement. “As our new Veterinary Medical Center becomes a reality, I have no doubt that we will be able to accelerate the rate we make medical breakthroughs and dramatically improve the health and well-being of animals.”
The university expects to complete a new veterinary hospital by 2026. Currently, it has both a small and large animal clinic and sees more than 50,000 patients a year. It also trains future veterinarians in 34 specialties.
Sykes is a board-certified veterinarian with a research focus on infectious diseases of small animals. She had been a faculty member at UC Davis since 2002 and had served as chief of the internal medicine service, an infectious disease control officer and director of the small animal clinic.
Sykes, who is from Melbourne, Australia, completed a residency at the University of Minnesota, where she was a clinical faculty member. She also is the author of the textbook “Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases.”