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Susan Szuch

Student Wins National Award for Story on Vet Med Research

Aug 28, 2015 / General News

Susan Szuch, a sophomore in journalism at the University of Illinois College of Media, has won a Michael E. DeBakey Award for Journalism and Media Excellence from the Foundation for Biomedical Research for a story she wrote in the Daily Illini. The story showcased research by Timothy Fan, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, and...

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...

Matt Holland at FSIS

Intern Gains USDA Food Production Insight

Aug 25, 2015 / Student Blogs

I spent most of my time this summer completing an internship with the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS). My duty station was Worthington, Minn., which is in the southwestern corner of the state, about an hour east of South Dakota and 15 minutes north of Iowa, with approximately 13,000 people. The plant is...

hawk wing xray

Healing a Hawk’s Humerus

Aug 24, 2015 / Student Blogs

This beautiful red-tailed hawk was brought to the Wildlife Medical Clinic by one of the rehabilitation centers we work with (The Illinois Raptor Center) with an open fracture of the left humerus (the bone between the shoulder and the elbow). The term “open fracture” indicates that there is a break in the skin over the...

killdeer

Killdeer Caught in Sticky Situation

Aug 18, 2015 / Student Blogs

The fact that the Wildlife Medical Clinic is in central Illinois and surrounded by corn means that we don’t get many water-loving animals, including shorebirds. Except for killdeer. Killdeer are shorebirds that have adapted to life away from the water. They’ll make do with a golf course, a field, or even a parking lot. If...

[baby dove recovering in Wildlife Medical Clinic]

Help Curb Killer Cats

Aug 12, 2015 / Student Blogs

The Wildlife Medical Clinic is currently caring for several animals that have been attacked by cats, including a baby mourning dove and a juvenile song sparrow. The dove is recovering from wounds over his wings and a large laceration over his crop (an outpouching of the esophagus of some birds, used to store food), and...

coyote pup

Coyote Pup Has Host of Issues

Aug 6, 2015 / Student Blogs

This little coyote pup was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital ER overnight after a kind stranger picked him up out of a drainage ditch. He was very thin, dehydrated, and so weak that instead of walking when prompted, he could only army crawl to try and get away. As part of...

softshell turtle

Softshell Turtle Takes the Bait

Aug 4, 2015 / Student Blogs

Last week, a concerned fisherman brought this gorgeous softshell turtle to the Wildlife Medical Clinic. When he found her, she had a fish hook caught in her mouth, but by the time she reached our hospital, the hook was nowhere in sight. We weren’t sure if the turtle had swallowed the hook or somehow managed...

coopershawk

Treating a Cooper’s Hawk with an Enlarged Spleen

Jul 29, 2015 / Student Blogs

Recently, a Cooper’s hawk (pictured above, being appropriately restrained for treatment) was brought to the Wildlife Medical Clinic by someone who found her on the ground, unable to fly. On observation, the bird was quiet and not very reactive. Now that may mean little or nothing to the inexperienced observer, but those familiar with this...

SAVMA Summer 2015

SAVMA President-Elect Shares Highlights of AVMA Convention

Jul 24, 2015 / Student Blogs

I recently returned from eight days in Boston, host city for the 2015 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention. Half of my time was spent as an ambassador to SAVMA for Illinois students, and half of my time was spent as an ambassador to AVMA for all students. All of my time was spent feeling...