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...

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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...