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Registration Open for Fall Conference for Veterinarians

Jul 1, 2015 / General News

Visit: go.illinois.edu/FallConference Whether you’re coming for the camaraderie with faculty and classmates or for the cutting-edge knowledge, it’s hard to beat the value at Fall Conference for Veterinarians, the college’s annual continuing education event. This year the conference will be held September 17 and 18 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign, about one...

Faculty Spotlight: Stanley Rubin, DVM, DACVIM

Jun 24, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Stanley Rubin is a professor of veterinary clinical medicine and works in internal medicine at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. His research interests include nephrology/ urology, gastroenterology, metabolic disease, and electrolyte and acid-base disorders in cats and dogs. When did you join the College of Veterinary Medicine? I have been on the faculty at Illinois...

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The Scoop on Feline Diarrhea

Jun 24, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Many infectious and non-infectious disease processes cause diarrhea in cats. This article summarizes a talk given by Dr. Marcella Ridgway, small animal internal medicine specialist at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, to practitioners at the college’s Fall Conference. Diarrhea can be classified by duration, pathophysiology, affected location, or etiology. Each case of feline diarrhea should be...

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Causes of Weight Loss in Older Cats

Jun 24, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Weight loss in senior cats is a common finding that is often overlooked, but that is a poor prognostic sign for continued good health. Dr. David Williams, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues at Nestle-Purina, is investigating the underlying cause, useful diagnostic tests, and treatments that may help...

lab tech plates isolates, MALDI-TOF

Microbiology Adds Rapid Identification System: MALDI-TOF

Jun 23, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

MALDI-TOF, a.k.a. Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry Biotyper® (Bruker Daltronics, Inc.), enables the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to identify as many as 95 bacteria, yeast, or fungi within 90 minutes from isolated colonies. The current Biotyper® database includes over 5,000 organisms and is updated frequently to include new taxa. The significance...

Current Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 Outbreak

May 27, 2015 / Diagnostic Updates

In recent weeks, several horses in Illinois have developed clinical signs of fever and respiratory disease. Of the six such cases submitted to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, molecular analysis determined that equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV1) was the etiological agent in only two of the horses, both adults. Additional testing showed that...

Faculty Spotlight: Annette McCoy, DVM, PhD, DACVS

May 1, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Annette McCoy, an assistant professor of equine surgery, joined the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in January 2015. Her research focuses on genetic susceptibility and risk factors for orthopedic diseases in horses. What is your favorite thing about being a veterinary equine surgeon? I really enjoy the variety of different cases we see—both lameness/orthopedic and soft tissue...

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Update on Canine Influenza Outbreak

Apr 21, 2015 / General News

Illinois dog owners should minimize their dog’s exposure to other dogs, if at all possible. Update, May 26: Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine explored the question of whether the canine influenza vaccines available in the United States are protective against the newly emerged strain by comparing the two viral strains at the genetic...

Pamela Wilkins and Maureen McMichael with a horse, blood clotting researchers

Study Points to New Standards for Evaluating Blood Clotting in Horses

Apr 10, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Standards are needed for tests used to check for clotting ability in the blood of various species Two Illinois faculty members who are boarded in veterinary emergency and critical care recently published their findings showing that the blood of horses differs substantially from that of humans and dogs when a diagnostic tool called thromboelastometry is...

[Dr. Elizabeth Driskell and Clyde, a golden retriever, in an exam room]

Seeking a Faster Way to Catch the Kennel Cough Culprit

Apr 8, 2015 / Pathobiology

A cough, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. In dogs, these are classic signs of highly infectious upper respiratory problems that are lumped under the broad term “kennel cough.” The specific pathogen causing kennel cough may be viral, bacterial, or a combination of these. Because many different pathogens cause kennel cough, laboratory testing is required to...