Consider Trainers to Teach Clients Basic Procedures

Oct 17, 2016 / Behavior

Veterinary professionals work hard to provide exceptional care for their human and animal clients. When medication is prescribed, added support may be needed to ensure that the required dosage is successfully administered by your client. Perhaps your client is nervous about applying eye ointment, or apprehensive about the very concept of having to reach into...

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Hidden Cancers?

Oct 7, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Although a suspicious lump is often the first sign of cancer in veterinary patients, many patients present with more non-specific clinical concerns. According to the AVMA, the top 10 common signs of cancer include: Abnormal swellings that persist/grow Non-healing sores Weight loss Poor appetite Bleeding/discharge Offensive odor Difficulty eating Exercise intolerance Lameness/stiffness Difficulty breathing, urinating,...

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Children’s Developmental Grief Responses

Oct 7, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Veterinary medicine is increasingly recognizing the importance of the human-animal bond and communication skills. When dealing with both acute/emergency and terminally ill patients, the veterinary team is often called upon to provide bereavement counseling services to the client. Death and grief are often taboo topics in American culture, and understanding the needs and beliefs of...

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Surgical Treatment of Idiopathic Chylothorax in Geriatric Cat

Sep 14, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

BJ is a 13-year-old male castrated domestic shorthair that presented in March 2016 with a diagnosis of possible chylothorax. The owner had noticed the cat’s labored breathing one morning and took him to his primary veterinarian. Chest radiographs showed significant pleural effusion. A thoracocentesis was performed and 60 mL of fluid was removed. Upon fluid...

Staff Spotlight: Michelle Jaeger, BS, CVT, VTS (Surgery)

Sep 14, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Michelle Jaeger, BS, CVT, VTS (Surgery), is the veterinary technician and clinical coordinator for the small animal soft tissue surgery department. She obtained her BS in biology from the University of Illinois. After several years in the financial industry where she obtained her Series 7 license, Michelle went to Parkland Community College, where she obtained...

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Kim Knap Named Hero Vet Tech

Sep 12, 2016 / General News

Kim Knap, a veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was named the 2016  American Hero Veterinary Technician at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles on September 10. The ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton will be broadcast nationally October 28 on Hallmark Channel. According to...

Faculty Spotlight: Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Aug 12, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Fries is a clinical assistant professor of cardiology. Are there any new procedures or treatment options you’re now using to treat patients? Cardiology continues to refine the equipment we use for our procedures as technology for cardiology is rapidly growing. Our catheters are smaller and more affordable for our patients, as well as new...

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Cardiology Brings Interventional Treatment to State of Illinois

Aug 12, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Main advantage of interventional approach is avoiding pain and long post-operative recovery The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital is home to the only interventional cardiovascular service in the state of Illinois. Under the leadership of Drs. Ryan Fries and Jordan Vitt, small and large animal patients that require correction of many cardiovascular disorders now have...

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Illinois Launches Certificate Program for Beef Veterinarians

Aug 12, 2016 / General News

Things you don’t learn in veterinary school EVP, long a premier credential for elite swine practitioners, will soon be available for beef veterinarians. The inaugural “EVP in Beef Health Management” unites the expertise of the University of Illinois in post-graduate education with the expertise at Kansas State University in beef cattle production and health management....