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...

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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...

atopic dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis: Steroids vs. Atopica vs. Apoquel vs. Cytopoint

Jan 18, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

The arsenal of treatment options for dogs with atopic dermatitis is expanding. It includes corticosteroids, which have been around the longest, as well as Cytopoint, which gained FDA approval at the end of 2016. It is extremely important to note that not all drugs are created equal, and you should not use the same treatment...

ear canal tumor

Ear Canal Tumors

Jan 18, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Masses or tumors should always be a concern in dogs or cats with recurrent ear infections, especially when the infections are unilateral or the animal is middle-aged or older. A thorough examination of the ear canal should be performed after the infection has cleared. Advanced imaging may be needed if the tympanic membrane is not...

Faculty Spotlight: Amy Somrak, DVM, MBA

Jan 11, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Amy Somrak is a clinical assistant professor of dentistry and oral surgery. How long have you been at Illinois? About 10 years. After I completed my DVM here, I stayed on to do a rotating internship and dentistry residency. Then I took over the service when Dr. Sandy Manfra retired. I’m a lifer. It seems...

[veterinary feed directive - Jim Lowe]

What You Need to Know about the New Veterinary Feed Directive Rule

Jan 10, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule revising the regulation governing the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). These changes to the VFD are a key part of FDA’s strategy to ensure feed-grade antimicrobials are used judiciously and only when appropriate for specific animal health purposes. Essentially all livestock antibiotics will be...