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Surgery To Give Bald Eagle Shot at Flying Again

May 3, 2016 / General News

Promising prognosis merits pricey surgery An injured bald eagle from southern Illinois is awaiting a complex surgery at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital that will determine whether she can be returned to the ...

[Bear, a patient at the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital]

Abused Dog Recovering at Veterinary Hospital

Apr 27, 2016 / General News

Update on Tuesday, May 3 – According to Dr. Maureen McMichael, “The decision was made not to surgically repair Bear’s jaw because he is eating very well and has normal occlusion, meaning his top and bottom jaws line up ...

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