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Avoid Rabbit Fever

Aug 31, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 30) – A disease of wildlife called tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, has been reported in every state except Hawaii, according to Kelly Rockwell, a third-year student at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine who co-manages the student-run Wildlife Medical Clinic. “Tularemia has been around a long time,” Rockwell said. “It is...

Shelter Medicine Program in Hoopeston

Aug 20, 2015 / In the News

Hoopeston Chronicle (Aug. 19) – Trap/Neuter/Release works because University of Illinois veterinary students, utilizing a mobile clinic unit, are able to handle a large number of cats in a short period of time for a low cost.

Mysterious Fungus Killing Snakes in Nine States

Aug 9, 2015 / In the News

Chicago Tribune (Aug. 9) – In Illinois every year the disease infects about 15 percent of the population of about 300 of massasauga rattlesnakes, with a mortality rate of 80 percent to 90 percent, said Matt Allender, a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist at the University of Illinois who started noticing the fungus in 2011.

Poisonous Plant Garden Surprises

Aug 9, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 9) – “The [College of Veterinary Medicine Poisonous Plant Garden] allows veterinary students to become familiar with plants that might pose a threat to their future patients,” said Lynsee Melchi, a third-year veterinary student and the senior student curator of the garden. Also in: * ciLiving on WCIA-TV (Aug. 7)

Pet Owners Cover High Costs for Care

Aug 2, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 2) – Many pet owners are becoming increasingly creative these days about finding new ways to cover the cost of extensive veterinary care by using social media and crowd funding, said Dr. Maureen McMichael, a professor of veterinary emergency and critical care.

Tularemia Death in Champaign

Aug 1, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 1) – This year, there has been at least one confirmed animal case of tularemia in Champaign County, in a rabbit brought to the University of Illinois’ wildlife medical clinic this past May, according to Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, a professor of zoonotic diseases at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dog Flu Not Over in Chicago

Jul 30, 2015 / In the News

WGN-TV (July 30) – Several dog flu cases have been reported at city veterinary clinics, said Dr. Robert Armantano from the Veterinary Specialty Center at Illinois. To prevent spread  of the highly contagious virus, Armantano is encouraging pet parents to keep their pooches away from doggy parks, kennels,  and hotels.

Flea Allergies in Pets

Jul 26, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 26) – According to veterinary dermatologists at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, flea allergic dermatitis represents the most common cause of allergies in temperate climates.

Horse Recovers from Fractured Ankle

Jul 24, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 23) – The Bradfields brought Blondie to the University of Illinois veterinary hospital to have her checked out, and tests revealed bad news: Blondie’s left hind ankle had been splintered into five pieces. After surgery and months of rehab, the Bradfields credit Blondie’s improbable comeback to the skilled veterinary staff at the UI....

White Blood Cell Count in Pets

Jul 19, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 19) – “There are typically five types of white blood cells — neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils and basophils — that we look at in a leukon, which is a white blood cell profile,” said Dr. Anne Barger, a veterinary clinical pathologist at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.