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[skinny orange cat]

Causes of Weight Loss in Older Cats

Jun 24, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Weight loss in senior cats is a common finding that is often overlooked, but that is a poor prognostic sign for continued good health. Dr. David Williams, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues at Nestle-Purina, is investigating the underlying cause, useful diagnostic tests, and treatments that may help...

[Dr. Tim Fan with his dog]

Translational Cancer Research Benefits Dogs and People

Jun 16, 2015 / General News

Pet dogs may be humans’ best friends in a new arena of life: cancer treatment, said University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan. Physiological similarities between dogs and humans, and conserved genetics between some dog and human cancers, can allow pet dogs to serve as useful models for studying new cancer drugs, he...

[Chicago dog outdoors]

Update on Canine Influenza Outbreak

Apr 21, 2015 / General News

Illinois dog owners should minimize their dog’s exposure to other dogs, if at all possible. Update, May 26: Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine explored the question of whether the canine influenza vaccines available in the United States are protective against the newly emerged strain by comparing the two viral strains at the genetic...

Pamela Wilkins and Maureen McMichael with a horse, blood clotting researchers

Study Points to New Standards for Evaluating Blood Clotting in Horses

Apr 10, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Standards are needed for tests used to check for clotting ability in the blood of various species Two Illinois faculty members who are boarded in veterinary emergency and critical care recently published their findings showing that the blood of horses differs substantially from that of humans and dogs when a diagnostic tool called thromboelastometry is...

[Hergenrother and Fan]

Cancer Drug First Tested in Pet Dogs Begins Human Trials

Feb 26, 2015 / Research News

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma. “The compound was discovered and is...

[Adam Ahlers and Mark Mitchell]

Muskrats and Minks Harbor Toxoplasmosis, a Cat Disease

Jan 29, 2015 / Research News

A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways. Researchers found antibodies for Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, in 18 of 30 muskrats and 20 of 26 minks tested for the disease in central...

[Sustainable Food Production} MOOC

Putting the ‘Moo’ in MOOC: Thousands to Learn from Online Course

Jan 14, 2015 / General News

Problem-solving skills needed in sustainable food production take center stage in a massive, open online course (MOOC) offered by two faculty members in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Drs. Brian Aldridge and Jim Lowe, starting January 26. The six-week course covers questions such as “How does livestock disease impact the affordability and sustainability of food...

Missouri veterinary dean Neil Olson and Dr. Karen Campbell

Campbell Named Missouri Veterinary Alumna of the Year

Nov 23, 2014 / General News

Dr. Karen Campbell, head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, was named 2014 Alumna of the Year at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in September. The award, which was presented by the dean of the Missouri college, Dean Neil C. Olson, recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and contributions to the enhancement...

Dr. Tomes and Dr. O'Brien and award from International Veterinary Ultrasound Society

Illinois Faculty Honored by International Veterinary Ultrasound Society

Oct 24, 2014 / General News

Drs. Robert O’Brien and Jodi Matheson, both with the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, received awards at the 2014 annual conference of the  International Veterinary Ultrasound Society, on September 16,  in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. O’Brien received the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He was founder and served as executive director of the society for 15 years. He...