[Illinois releases working dog opioid reversal video]

Training Video Targets Overdose in Working Dogs

Mar 14, 2017 / General News

Drs. Mitek, McMichael, and Schlosser pose on the Illinois quadrangle with Officer Beasley and Arco Educational video shows how to give narcan to dogs Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and it’s not just killing people. Dogs that work with police and other agencies are being exposed to...

3T MRI Horse

3T MRI Brings Clarity to Equine Lameness Diagnoses

Mar 8, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Injuries of the distal extremities are common causes of forelimb and hindlimb lameness in horses used for pleasure-riding and performance competitions. Structures prone to injury include the navicular apparatus, the deep digital flexor tendon, the distal interphalangeal joint and the metacarpophalangeal joint, to name just a few. During a standard lameness evaluation, veterinarians rely on...

behavior dogs

Behavior Case Triage

Mar 8, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Guidelines to help practitioners assist clients with behavioral concerns Behavioral problems in dogs and cats are a common cause of damage to the human-animal bond and pet relinquishment (1). While behavioral problems rarely develop overnight, pet owners may be reluctant to discuss their concerns with veterinary staff; when concerns are mentioned, owners may do so in...

Faculty Spotlight: Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB

Mar 3, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Kelly Ballantyne is an instructor of veterinary clinical medicine. She practices in Chicago at Veterinary Behavior at Illinois. Tell us about your background, hobbies, and where you’re from. I grew up in Glenview, a suburb north of Chicago. I attended the University of Illinois for both undergrad and veterinary school, then moved up to...

3T MRI Horse

New MRI Opens Door to Innovative Veterinary Research and Care

Feb 2, 2017 / General News

Advances in magnetic resonance imaging have transformed medicine over the last several decades. Unfortunately, this technology is rarely available to veterinarians. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is now one of a few veterinary research and clinical care schools in the U.S. with a state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI facility. The recently installed technology can...


Diagnosis and Treatment of Patent Urachus in the Neonatal Foal

Feb 1, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Excerpted from a presentation given at the 2016 AAEP meeting by Dr. Pamela A. Wilkins, MS, PhD, DACVIM, DACVECC. Patent urachus is a relatively common problem identified in foals during the neonatal period. The urachus is the extension of the urinary bladder of the fetus to the allantoic cavity, contained retroperitoneally within the umbilical cord between...

[farrier service at Illinois]

College Adds Farrier Services to Benefit Equine Patients, Students

Feb 1, 2017 / General News

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine recently announced that it is in the process of acquiring both Middlefork Forge, a farrier practice formerly located in Collison, Ill., and the Midwest Horseshoeing School, located in Divernon, Ill. Four Farriers Join College Staff The farrier practice will begin shoeing horses as part of the College...

x-ray laminitis

Laminitis Has Variety of Etiologies

Feb 1, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Different Diagnostic, Therapeutic Approaches Needed There is a tendency to think of laminitis as a single disease entity, when in fact it is more accurately a common endpoint with a variety of etiologies. Increasingly, research suggests that the mechanisms by which laminitis develops differs among these situations and that, therefore, there is a need to...

Faculty Spotlight: Kara Lascola, MS, DVM, DACVIM

Feb 1, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Kara Lascola is an assistant professor in the equine service. How long have you been a faculty member at Illinois? A little over eight years. Where are you from and where did you train? I did most of my training (veterinary school, internship, residency, and post-doc) at Tufts University. My undergraduate degree and master’s were...