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[Kim Knap talks with a client]

Client Communication: A Procedure You Can Master

Jul 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Laura Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)  Studies have documented many ways the practitioner’s communication skills benefit the patient, the client, and the practice. Communication improves history taking, which leads to better diagnoses. Human medical studies show that good communication improves understanding of and adherence to recommendations, improves loyalty and satisfaction (which improves clinical outcomes), and decreases malpractice risk....

Faculty Spotlight: Karanvir S. Aulakh, BVSc and AH, MS, DACVS-SA

May 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

A member of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital faculty since fall 2013, Dr. Karanvir S. Aulakh is a board-certified small animal surgeon specializing in orthopedics. He also holds a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology. Dr. Aulakh’s research focuses on canine knee kinematics. What is your favorite thing about being a veterinary surgeon? My favorite...

Campbell Coauthors Definitive Small Animal Dermatology Text

May 1, 2014 / General News

“For many years Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology (aka ‘the bible’) has been our standard text,” wrote Dr. Tim Nuttall, a senior lecturer in dermatology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Veterinary Studies, who reviewed the new seventh edition of the book in the September 2013 issue of The Veterinary Journal. The reviewer...

[scruffy dog chained alone on concrete alleyway]

Illinois Experts Investigate Markers for Drug Allergy

May 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Sidonie Lavergne , DVM, IPSAV, PhD, and Karen L. Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVD Very little is known about immune-mediated idiosyncratic adverse drug reactions in veterinary patients, though its incidence is thought to be 1 percent or less, similar to that observed in human patients. Most delayed drug hypersensitivity reactions (i.e., reactions that occur >5...

Faculty Spotlight: Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

Apr 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

A member of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital faculty since fall 2012, Dr. Heidi Phillips is a board-certified small animal surgeon with a passion for treating canine and feline surgical diseases. She is trained in transplantation, microvascular surgery and microsurgery. Her training in special cases of urinary tract surgery allows her to offer a wide...

[Surgeons fix congenital abnormality in a puppy]

Surgical Correction of Congenital Vessel Abnormalities

Apr 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Laura Selmic, BVetMed (Hons), MRCVS, DACVS-SA, ACVS Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology A 13-week-old, mixed-breed puppy named Kim recently presented to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital with the main complaint of persistent regurgitation after eating. Radiographs showed Kim had dilation of her esophagus to the level of the heart...

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ralph Hamor

Feb 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

Last summer marked the 20-year milestone for Dr. Ralph Hamor’s faculty role at the Illinois veterinary college. He has taught nearly 2,000 veterinary students about eyes, professionalism, and kindness. Through referrals, consultations, publications, and presentations, he has helped to educate thousands of practitioners. What is your favorite thing about being a veterinary ophthalmologist? Variety. I...

[Veterinary ophthalmologist Ralph Hamor examines the eye of a black dog.]

Clinical Considerations with Glaucoma

Feb 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Ralph Hamor, DVM, MS, DACVO Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in middle-aged dogs. For this reason, glaucoma should be on your list of differentials for any animal with red or watery eyes, especially for breeds that are predisposed to glaucoma, such as basset hounds, chow chows, cocker spaniels, fox terriers, Jack Russell...