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- ZOO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING
- The Conversation (Nov. 17) - For the past four years, a team of experts from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, the US Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Care and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums has been running preparedness exercises at large and small zoological institutions in urban, rural and suburban locations.
* Also in Phys. Org (Isle of Man, Nov. 17)
- ALUMNA LEADS IN PUBLIC HEALTH ROLES
- News-Gazette (Nov. 16) - Describing herself as a "fortunate victim of a lot of fortunate opportunities," Dr. Maureen Birmingham, who earned her veterinary degree at Illinois in 1983, has been all around the world helping to prevent and resolve disease — in both people and animals.
- SNAKE FUNGAL DISEASE
- Live Science (Nov. 12) - At first, researchers found lethal fungal infections only in rattlesnakes and other vipers, "which is not good because those snakes tend to be the most endangered already," said Matthew Allender, a clinical assistant professor of zoo and wildlife medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. But now the disease has also surfaced in nonvenomous snakes, including snakes that are both solitary and social, which suggests the animals can catch the disease from each other as well as from fungus in the soil.
- SQUIRRELS AND WINTER
- ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Nov.12) - Dr. Julia Whittington talks about a squirrel that is being treated at the Wildlife Medical Clinic, and explains how this species prepares for winter.
- EBOLA TEACH-INS
- News-Gazette (Nov. 8) - As a panelist at two upcoming Ebola "teach-ins" on campus, Gay Miller, professor of pathobiology, will address epidemiology and disease transmission.
* Daily Illini (Nov. 11)
- DOG'S SKULL TUMOR
- News-Gazette (Nov. 9) - A young dog named Otter was referred to the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where a one-pound skull tumor was removed by Laura Selmic, one of a small number of veterinarians who have earned the credential Fellow of Surgical Oncology.
* Kankakee Daily Journal (Nov. 15)
- PET RABBIT CARE TIPS
- News-Gazette (Nov. 2) - Dr. Kenneth Welle, a veterinarian at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, recommends choosing a pet rabbit with clear eyes and no nasal discharge or swelling around the face.
* Also in The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.; Nov. 8)
- 3D PRINTING AND CORRECTIVE ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
- News-Gazette (Oct. 26) - "3D printing is a new technology that is very exciting for our hospital," said Dr. Karanvir Aulakh, who is board certified in small animal surgery. Aulakh recently used this technology to restore mobility to a young Labrador born with a condition in which the bones of the back legs did not grow properly.
Also on ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Nov. 7)
- OTS ROAD RACE FOR ANIMALS
- News-Gazette (Oct. 25) - One of our favorite 5Ks — which features runners and their dogs — is the 5K Road Race for Animals, the proceeds of which benefit the student-run Wildlife Medical Clinic and A Pet's Place.
- PROBIOTICS FOR PETS
- FastCompany.com (Oct. 20) - "I think that they have incredible potential that is almost untapped in veterinary medicine," says Maureen McMichael, a vet and associate professor at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Illinois.
- STATE FUNDS CLINIC RENOVATION
- News-Gazette (Oct. 17) - Construction is expected to start next month on the renovation of the large animal clinic at the University of Illinois. Associate Dean in the College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Jonathan Foreman said this week's gift of $2.1 million from the state will cover nearly all of the expenses for the project.
* Also in:
WDWS-AM News Talk 1400
Daily Illini (Oct. 29)
- VET MED OPEN HOUSE
- ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Oct. 3) - Open House student leaders Catherine Foreman and Briana Grymonprez talked about the event that allows the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at the state's only veterinary college.
* News-Gazette (Oct. 6)
- EQUINE SPORTS MEDICINE
- Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.; Oct. 4) - "Physical therapy and rehabilitation play an important role in performance enhancement, injury prevention, and restoration of full function during recovery from injury," said Dr. Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro, an equine surgeon at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana.
* TheHorse.com (Oct. 7)
* News-Gazette (Oct. 12)
* FarmandDairy.com (Oct. 16)
- COLLEGE ALUMNI AWARDS
- Veterinary Practice News (Oct. 2) - The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine recently honored six as part of the college’s annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians, held in Champaign, Ill., on Sept. 11.
- WILDLIFE FUNDRAISER AT DRIVE-IN
- ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Oct. 1) - Dr. Julia Whittington talks about a Virginia opossum that is being treated at the Wildlife Medical Clinic, and plugs the upcoming Howl at the Harvest Moon and OTS Road Race events.
- FRED KUMMEROW PROFILE AT 100
- News-Gazette (Sept. 25) - Fred Kummerow, an emeritus professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois, officially retired more than a quarter-century ago, at age 71. But he's kept up his lab and is still sending out grant proposals. "My research has been on heart disease, but I've finished that. I've found the answer," he says. "Now I'm working on problems in the brain."
* Illinois Pioneers (WILL-TV; Sept. 26)
* Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill., Sept. 25)
* niwtimes.com (Sept. 27)
* Chicago Tribune (Sept. 28)- Just days away from his 100th birthday, University of Illinois adjunct professor Fred Kummerow continues to wage war on trans fats — personally from his kitchen table and professionally through a proliferation of research papers he is still writing and getting published.
* Tri-Valley Dispatch (Oct. 1)
- SUSAN SCHANTZ PROFILE
- Beckman Institute Annual Report (Fall 2014) - Susan Schantz talks about the rapid advances in neurodevelopmental toxicology in the past 25 years. Note: Schantz's profile appears on pages 2 and 3, and her Illinois Children's Environmental Health Research Center is described on page 39.)
- FACTS ABOUT RABIES
- News-Gazette (Sept. 21) - Dr. Gail Scherba, a veterinary virologist at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, says "Rabies is a zoonotic virus, meaning it can be spread from animals to people. It is most often spread by a bite wound. Once saliva from the infected animal enters the body, the virus begins to invade nerve endings and then spreads to the central nervous system."
- INTERESTING WORK EXPERIENCES
- News-Gazette (Sept. 7 & 14) - Five Vet Med faculty members—Berit Fischer, Amber Labelle, Jaime Landolfi, Matt Wallig, and Karen Terio—answered the question: What is the most interesting corner of the world where your work has taken you?
- TURTLE VIRUS STUDY IN INDIANA
- The Exponent (Purdue U; Sept. 3) - Matt Allender, a wildlife veterinarian and instructor at the University of Illinois, said “Box turtles are very good sentinels of environmental health, so we’re constantly expanding to look at other things that affect environmental health – things like toxicology, antibiotic resistance, liver function, infections, and new infections.”
- NUISANCE GEESE
- News-Gazette (Sept. 2) - Canada geese have been flocking around Champaign-Urbana and other Illinois cities in gradually growing numbers, thanks in part to new development creating open sources of water for them, experts say. "We have created a beautiful habitat for geese," said Dr. Julia Whittington, director of the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic.
* WICD News Channel 15 (Sept. 3)