Horse x-ray with street nail

Street Nails: An Equine Emergency

Mar 28, 2018 / Student Blogs

Imagine your horse coming in from the field toe-touching lame, just hours after you turned him out, perfectly sound. You do not see any wounds on the limb, but there is a mild amount of heat and swelling present from the hoof to fetlock region. You lift the hoof to inspect for an abscess, and...

VBMA Conference

Students Organize Conference on Veterinary Business Management

Mar 14, 2018 / Student Blogs

The first-ever Illinois VBMA Conference, organized by the Illinois student chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), took place this past weekend. It was such a great learning experience for those of us on the executive board. We are just starting out as a board with a few new members right now, and it...

career fair

Students Organize First Vet Med Career Fair

Mar 13, 2018 / Student Blogs

This past weekend was the inaugural University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Career Fair. Rachel Berger (second-year veterinary student), Dr. Jeffrey Mills (Central Illinois Medical Director for Banfield Pet Hospital), and I recognized a need for an event to give students face-time to connect with hiring practices. Therefore, in September 2017, Rachel and I...

Student Participates in Internal Medicine Rotation in New Zealand

Mar 1, 2018 / Student Blogs

This January, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Veterinary School at Massey University in New Zealand for an externship rotation in Internal Medicine. It was an incredible experience and also my first visit to a veterinary institution outside of North America. After three surprisingly comfortable plane rides (Air New Zealand is a great...

Sarah Wright at Shedd Aquarium

Aquatics Club Gets Shedd Aquarium Tour with Illinois Alum

Feb 27, 2018 / Student Blogs

Last weekend, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Aquatics Club visited the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The “Shedd Trip,” as it’s commonly known, is the coveted reward for the Aquatics Club members who help with the husbandry of the freshwater and saltwater tanks at the college. We arrived early on Sunday...

river otter

Hands-On Rotation Helps Classroom Material Stick

Feb 7, 2018 / Student Blogs

As a second-year veterinary student, it is a nice change to be back on rotations. After many quarters spent in the classroom, the learning style in the clinics helps to break up the material. This week, I was on wildlife and exotic animal medicine and surgery (WEAMS) rotation. I really enjoyed this rotation because I...

horse in winter

Four Ways to Decrease Your Horse’s Risk of Impaction Colic

Feb 7, 2018 / Student Blogs

The winter season can be a magical time, but that may not hold true in the life of a horse. As the season transitions into winter, horses may be at an increased risk of developing impaction colic. This article will take you through why impaction colic occurs, and ways to decrease your horse’s risk in...

horse in 3T MRI

Taking a Look Inside: Different Diagnostic Imaging Modalities Available for Horses

Nov 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

The first radiograph (x-ray) was performed in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, the German scientist who discovered x-rays. Within months of Roentgen’s discovery, surgeons started to use the new technology to aid their diagnoses and treatments, including locating bullets in wounded soldiers. Over the past century, our ability to produce high-quality radiographs has improved tremendously....

AAZV Conference

Student Dissects and Connects at Zoo Vet Conference

Oct 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

After midterms last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Dallas, Texas, to attend the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) conference. The conference was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Frisco, Texas. The conference was also held concurrently with the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV), the Association of...

Dr. Johnson and horse

Equine Health: Let’s Talk about Worms

Oct 4, 2017 / Student Blogs

You may ask yourself, “How do I keep my horse from being negatively impacted by worms?” Recent research and new strategies have determined that the timing of treatment with an effective anthelmintic (dewormer) is the most effective way to keep your horse from the ill effects of worms. The traditional practice of frequent anthelmintic treatments...