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[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...

Campbell Coauthors Definitive Small Animal Dermatology Text

May 1, 2014 / General News

“For many years Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology (aka ‘the bible’) has been our standard text,” wrote Dr. Tim Nuttall, a senior lecturer in dermatology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Veterinary Studies, who reviewed the new seventh edition of the book in the September 2013 issue of The Veterinary Journal. The reviewer...

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Illinois Experts Investigate Markers for Drug Allergy

May 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Sidonie Lavergne , DVM, IPSAV, PhD, and Karen L. Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVD Very little is known about immune-mediated idiosyncratic adverse drug reactions in veterinary patients, though its incidence is thought to be 1 percent or less, similar to that observed in human patients. Most delayed drug hypersensitivity reactions (i.e., reactions that occur >5...

A Minute with … Jim Lowe on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

Apr 29, 2014 / General News

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has killed at least 4 million young pigs since being identified in the U.S. one year ago. A research team led by University of Illinois veterinarian James Lowe recently concluded and published a study investigating how the devastating virus is being spread. Lowe is a clinical instructor in the...

[Rabbits under UVB lamps]

Rabbits Kept Indoors Could Be Vitamin D Deficient

Apr 9, 2014 / Research News

Rabbits that remain indoors may suffer from a lack of vitamin D, researchers report in a new study. In rabbits kept as pets or used in laboratory studies, the deficiency could lead to dental problems, undermine their cardiovascular health, weaken their immune systems and skew scientific findings. The study found that regular exposure to artificial...

Faculty Spotlight: Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

Apr 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

A member of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital faculty since fall 2012, Dr. Heidi Phillips is a board-certified small animal surgeon with a passion for treating canine and feline surgical diseases. She is trained in transplantation, microvascular surgery and microsurgery. Her training in special cases of urinary tract surgery allows her to offer a wide...