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[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...

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...