Jackson Honored with UC Davis Distinguished Service Award

Ellen Jackson of Victory Rose Thoroughbreds received a University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine 2013 Distinguished Service Award at a faculty reception on Oct 30 for her outstanding service in support of numerous equine performance-related research studies, her critical contributions to improving equine neonatal foal care, and her support of UC Davis' educational training programs for veterinary students.

Jackson has granted UC Davis faculty and students access to her facilities and horses, making possible significant discoveries that have improved the health and well-being of horses and advanced the veterinary profession.

She has allowed her horses to be brought into the school’s Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory and provided access to her horses at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, Calif.; Pleasanton Racetrack in Pleasanton, Calif.; and Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky. By loaning healthy Thoroughbred racehorses in training/racing condition at no cost, our faculty have advanced research on cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology studies on treadmills, racehorse kinetics and kinematics on different racing surfaces, and pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic studies.

At her Victory Rose facility in Vacaville, Calif., Jackson has provided financial support and coordinated her employees to assist with racehorse management directly related to research studies and teaching efforts. She has substantially contributed to improving equine neonatal foal care by allowing our faculty to observe birth processes on her facility and conduct trials of new procedures to humanely restrain foals for administering medications and collecting blood samples. Over the past decade, thousands of tissue and blood samples have been obtained from horses at her farm for research and diagnostic teaching.

Hers is the only private horse farm in the vicinity that will allow students hands-on reproductive experience thereby supporting student learning at a level that exceeds other veterinary institutions.

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