Faculty Spotlight: Julia Whittington, DVM

Apr 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Julia Whittington is a clinical associate professor, head of the companion exotic animal medicine service, and director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Are there any new procedures you’re using to treat exotic animals? The field of zoological medicine is constantly evolving, with new advances and applications of tried and true technologies to new species. Hormone...

On-Farm Dynamic Endoscopy Available

Feb 29, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Endoscopic detection of upper respiratory pathologies is typically performed with the horse at rest. However, endoscopy while the horse is exercising is necessary to diagnose most functional disorders of the upper respiratory tract, such as: dynamic collapse of the left arytenoid cartilage in horses with laryngeal recurrent neuropathy that appears mild at rest intermittent dorsal...

Dr. McCoy with horse

Shockwave Therapy Offered at Illinois

Feb 29, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

The Equine Surgery group is excited to offer extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) as part of our comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services. ESWT is a noninvasive treatment modality that uses focused, high-pressure sound waves to stimulate healing of wounds and musculoskeletal injuries. The specific mechanism of action in ESWT is unknown, although research suggests that upregulation...

Faculty Spotlight: Fabio Lima, DVM, MSc, PhD

Feb 29, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Fabio Lima is an assistant professor of theriogenology. How long have you been practicing bovine theriogenology? I have been working with bovine theriogenology for 11 years since I received my veterinary degree at São Paulo State University in December 2004. During the last year of my veterinary training, I spent six months at University of...

Faculty Spotlight: Stephanie Keating, DVSc, DVM, DACVAA

Feb 5, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Stephanie Keating is a new clinical assistant professor at Illinois. Can you tell us about your training? I completed my DVM degree not far from home at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada and subsequently went into small animal private practice for a year. During that time I completed a certificate in laboratory animal medicine...

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Updates on ‘Skinny Old Cats’

Feb 5, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

The following is excerpted from a presentation by Dr. David Williams at the Purina® Pro Plan® Veterinary Symposium, held in conjunction with both the 2016 North American Veterinary Conference and the 2016 Western Veterinary Conference. This article reviews what is known about common age-related changes [in weight and digestion] and what may be done to...

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The Nuts and Bolts on Total Hip Replacement in Dogs

Feb 4, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a common condition, especially in larger breeds, and is characterized by the femoral head having a poor fit in the acetabulum. This poor fit is a result of looseness or laxity in the hip, which leads to pain, osteoarthritis, and decreased limb function. Many things can contribute to the development...

Julia Whittington

Avian Influenza Review and Update

Dec 21, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Influenza viruses can be classified as type A, B, or C. Influenza A viruses, the type responsible for most influenza outbreaks, are further classified by subtypes based on their surface proteins, hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). There are 16 types of hemagglutinin and 9 types of neuraminidase. Most influenza viruses are highly adapted to a...

Pharmacist Dianna Black

Regulatory Updates from the Pharmacist

Dec 21, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Hydrocodone On the tail of tramadol being rescheduled to CIV by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), hydrocodone combination products have been rescheduled to CII. If you have hydrocodone products on your shelf that are not labeled with the new schedule, you may continue to dispense them but must follow the more stringent guidelines of the...