canine influenza

Update for Veterinarians on Canine Influenza

Dec 15, 2016 / General News

Common questions referring veterinarians have asked University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital experts Approximately 10 percent of our nation’s population—32 million people—will be infected with a strain of Influenza A or B in the coming months. As human healthcare providers brace for impact, veterinarians are unsure what to expect this winter with respect to the...

Dr. Bianca Martins and Dr. Katie Fleming

Recent Developments in the Ophthalmology Service

Dec 15, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

The year 2016 has been a very busy one for the ophthalmology service. Here is a short recap of what has happened! In March, Dr. Bianca Martins, assistant professor of ophthalmology, established the equine and canine corneal bank, cryopreserving the healthy corneal tissue of donor animals. This has allowed the service to offer corneal grafting...

corneal ulcer

Refractory Corneal Ulcer Management in Dogs

Dec 15, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Putting an End to Your Frustration Corneal ulceration, or a break in the corneal epithelium, can occur for a variety of reasons. Common etiologies include trauma, entropion, ocular foreign bodies, and dry eye disease. Most corneal ulcers are superficial and non-infected; with appropriate therapy they typically heal in 3 to 5 days, depending on their...

Faculty Spotlight: Katie Fleming, DVM, PhD

Dec 7, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Katie Fleming is an assistant professor of ophthalmology. Tell us about your background and hobbies. I’m originally from Plainfield, Ill., which is about two hours north of Champaign. Growing up, we had dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and even a hamster and a guinea pig. I was introduced to veterinary medicine through experiencing all of the...


Recent Neuro Developments

Nov 16, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Over the past few months, the neurology and neurosurgery service has been busy! June 2016 At the ACVIM Forum in Denver, Colo., we presented three abstracts along with former veterinary students and interns: Levitin H*, Hague DW, Ballantyne K, Selmic L. Preictal, postictal, and interictal behavior changes in dogs with genetic epilepsy compared to control...


Neurologic Manifestations of Endocrine Diseases

Nov 16, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Endocrine diseases are commonly encountered in veterinary medicine and have a varied presentation, which may include neurologic signs. Endocrine diseases can affect either the central or peripheral nervous system, and these may be the first signs of illness. Therefore, it is important to be able to recognize these sequelae as signs of concurrent metabolic disease....

Faculty Spotlight: Kari Foss, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

Nov 16, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Kari Foss is an assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery. Tell us about your background and hobbies. I grew up in Morris, Ill., a small town about two hours north of Champaign. Most of my childhood was spent helping out on the family pig farm. Growing up on a farm is what truly cemented my...

animal training

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...

hidden cancers in veterinary patients

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,...

grief and children

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...