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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...

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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...

Surgeons fix congenital abnormality in a puppy; surgical correction

Surgical Correction of Congenital Vessel Abnormalities

Apr 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Laura Selmic, BVetMed (Hons), MRCVS, DACVS-SA, ACVS Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology A 13-week-old, mixed-breed puppy named Kim recently presented to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital with the main complaint of persistent regurgitation after eating. Radiographs showed Kim had dilation of her esophagus to the level of the heart...

John Herrmann Earns AAVMC Melcher Public Policy Award

Feb 17, 2014 / General News

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced today that Dr. John A. Herrmann, from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, is the recipient of the 2014 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Herrmann directs the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Master of Public Health...

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ralph Hamor

Feb 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

Last summer marked the 20-year milestone for Dr. Ralph Hamor’s faculty role at the Illinois veterinary college. He has taught nearly 2,000 veterinary students about eyes, professionalism, and kindness. Through referrals, consultations, publications, and presentations, he has helped to educate thousands of practitioners. What is your favorite thing about being a veterinary ophthalmologist? Variety. I...

Veterinary ophthalmologist Ralph Hamor examines the eye of a black dog for glaucoma.

Clinical Considerations with Glaucoma

Feb 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Ralph Hamor, DVM, MS, DACVO Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in middle-aged dogs. For this reason, glaucoma should be on your list of differentials for any animal with red or watery eyes, especially for breeds that are predisposed to glaucoma, such as basset hounds, chow chows, cocker spaniels, fox terriers, Jack Russell...