Faculty Spotlight: Kenneth Welle, DVM, ABVP (Avian)

Sep 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Kenneth Welle, who for many years had lectured and supervised students while a local practitioner, joined the clinical faculty full time in 2011. What is your favorite thing about being an exotic animal veterinarian? The existing literature and knowledge base in exotic animal practice is so much smaller than in dogs and cats, and...

[bunnies in a box]

Non-Obstructive Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders of Rabbits

Sep 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Julia Whittington, DVM Because of the unique anatomical and physiological characteristics of rabbits’ digestive process, a high-fiber diet is essential for their normal motility and GI health. It’s important for owners to provide grass hay ad libitum and to watch for signs of GI disorders (decreased appetite, diarrhea, decreased stool production, lethargy, abnormal stance, and...

[three white domestic rabbits in a pen under six UV lights]

Shining Some (UV) Light on Rabbit Husbandry

Sep 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Mark A. Mitchell DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herpetology)  Rabbits are popular pets, with 3.2 million in U.S. households, according to a 2012 AVMA survey. Veterinarians should be prepared to help educate their clients about best practices for rabbit husbandry. Rabbits’ lighting needs have not been explored in depth. Rabbits evolved to be crepuscular (active...

Faculty Spotlight: Jackie Wypij, DVM, DACVIM

Jul 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Jackie Wypij completed an internship and residency at Illinois and joined the oncology faculty five years ago. What have you lectured or published about recently? I gave presentations on “Contraindications in Oncology” and “Drug repositioning: Evidence for anti-cancer effect of non-cancer drugs” at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Nashville in...

[Tim Fan with a canine patient and vet tech Rebecca Kamerer.]

Illinois Cancer Team Investigates New Treatment Approach for Osteosarcoma

Jul 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Tim Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM The oncology service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital combines researchers and clinicians focused on discovering and implementing new approaches to treating cancer in animals, especially canine osteosarcoma (OS), the most common primary bone tumor in dogs. The majority of dogs with OS eventually develop metastatic disease. While conventional therapies...

[Kim Knap talks with a client]

Client Communication: A Procedure You Can Master

Jul 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Laura Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)  Studies have documented many ways the practitioner’s communication skills benefit the patient, the client, and the practice. Communication improves history taking, which leads to better diagnoses. Human medical studies show that good communication improves understanding of and adherence to recommendations, improves loyalty and satisfaction (which improves clinical outcomes), and decreases malpractice risk....

Foreman Elected to International Equine Exercise Physiology Committee

Jun 21, 2014 / General News

Dr. Jonathan Foreman, professor of equine medicine and associate dean for academic and student affairs, was elected to serve a 12-year term on the committee that oversees the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP). His position on the committee was announced in June 2014  at the 9th ICEEP, which was held in Chester, England. The ICEEP meeting...

[Students assist Dr. Bob Weedon at a cat spay-neuter clinic]

Weedon Leads Shelter Medicine Program, Wins Grant from PetSmart Charities

Jun 19, 2014 / General News

In early 2014 the AVMA Executive Board voted unanimously to give provisional recognition to shelter medicine as a unique veterinary specialty concentrated on improving the health and well-being of animals that live in shelter environments.That’s good news for Dr. Bob Weedon, a faculty member in veterinary clinical medicine who divides his time between leading the college’s...

Faculty Spotlight: Karanvir S. Aulakh, BVSc and AH, MS, DACVS-SA

May 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

A member of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital faculty since fall 2013, Dr. Karanvir S. Aulakh is a board-certified small animal surgeon specializing in orthopedics. He also holds a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology. Dr. Aulakh’s research focuses on canine knee kinematics. What is your favorite thing about being a veterinary surgeon? My favorite...