On May 21 at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine, 137 students received their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees. In a barn a few hours away, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred horse unknowingly became a doctor also.

“Dr. Teddy” received an honorary degree from UC Davis for being a “Master Equine Educator” for the students, having helped them learn about equine health at more than two dozen appointments and a lengthy stay at the school’s teaching hospital over the past year.

During his time at UC Davis, Teddy was seen for routine treatments such as vaccinations and deworming, but also more complicated issues such as stem cell treatments and a neurologic disorder. Over the year, many veterinary students had the opportunity to learn from him.

“Teddy was the first patient I ever had on my clinical rotations,” said Class of 2016 DVM graduate Carin Stevens. “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.”

[image imageid="6057" includeTitle="false" includeSummary="false"]Teddy was seen for routine treatments such as vaccinations and deworming, but also more complicated issues such as stem cell treatments and a neurologic disorder. [/image]

Teddy’s patience helped students with minimal large animal experience become comfortable around horses. His inherent interest in human companionship makes him an ideal