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Putting a Humpty-Dumpty Turtle Back Together

Nov 17, 2015 / Student Blogs

Late this summer, the Wildlife Medical Clinic admitted a box turtle with a badly broken shell. The cause of the injury was some type of crushing injury and nearly half of the upper shell (the carapace) was compressed down into the animal’s body cavity. The finder had kept the animal for several days before deciding...

peregrine falcon

Peregrine Falcon Requires Change in Treatment

Nov 4, 2015 / Student Blogs

The Wildlife Medical Clinic is currently caring for a very uncommon patient—an adult peregrine falcon. This bird was admitted with fractured major and minor metacarpal bones, sometimes called the carpometacarpus. These bones are equivalent to the long bones in your hand, but birds only have two instead of five. Luckily, the fractures were far from...

Normandy, France, CIRALE, August 2015

Oct 3, 2015 / Student Blogs

This summer I had the honor to spend one month at one of Europe’s most renowned equine lameness clinics, located in Normandy France. It was a complete immersion into the French culture, language and their point of view on veterinary medicine. During my time at the clinic I was able to work with 4 different...

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Convention-a-rama: 4 Good Reasons to Go

Sep 30, 2015 / Student Blogs

I have a confession to make. I’m a stone-cold convention junkie. Convention, symposium, conference, meeting…no matter the name, I am there! Since I started at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, I have been to at least eight or so meetings and before 2015 rolls into 2016 I will have added a few more...

green heron

Green Heron Treated, Released, and Reunited

Sep 25, 2015 / Student Blogs

Because the Wildlife Medical Clinic is a hospital but not a long-term rehabilitation facility, the student volunteers rarely get to see the final results of their hard work and dedication (the release of animals back into the wild). Last week was a rare occasion when they did. An adult green heron was brought in after...

Katharine Kancer Honduras

Student Helps Animals in Honduras Externship

Sep 16, 2015 / Student Blogs

Having the opportunity to combine two personal passions is a rarity for many people, but this past summer I was lucky enough to do so. Not only was I able to travel, but I also used the veterinary training I have received to help animals in rural Honduras. I spent two weeks in Honduras on...

Turtle Fractures

Turtle Fractures Mended with Carpentry

Sep 8, 2015 / Student Blogs

Summertime is turtle time at the Wildlife Medical Clinic. All kinds of turtles are out and about when the weather gets nice—looking for food, mates, and nesting sites. Along the way, these animals often have dangerous encounters with everything from cars to dogs to lawnmowers. Luckily, turtles are pretty hardy animals, and they can withstand remarkable...

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Ring-Billed Gull Treated for Spinal Abnormality

Sep 3, 2015 / Student Blogs

The Wildlife Medical Clinic admitted a rare visitor to central Illinois a few weeks ago—a ring-billed gull! During his initial assessment, the student volunteers noted that the bird was generally healthy but unable to walk or even stand. When an animal has weak or paralyzed limbs, a neurologic exam is performed in order to localize...

Paul Pion, VIN network president, and Matt Holland

Q/A with Veterinary Information Network President

Sep 3, 2015 / Student Blogs

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed below do not necessarily represent those of the college. “The VIN mission is to inspire and facilitate excellence within the worldwide veterinary community.” The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is the largest (53,000+) global community of those seeking personal insight regarding all things veterinary medicine. A few weeks ago, I had...

Illinois State Fair

Vet Student Gains Smorgasbord of Insights at State Fair

Aug 26, 2015 / Student Blogs

Funnel cakes, carnival rides, and demolition derbies may be on the minds of most people headed for any summertime fair, but few people think about the role of the veterinarian who is strolling up and down the aisles of show animals, nibbling her/his food-of-choice-on-a-stick. However, where there is an animal, you can expect to find...