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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Senior Pets Similar to Alzheimer’s

Dec 5, 2016 / Behavior

This is Part 2 of Behavior Changes in Senior Pets. (Read Part 1: Is Your Pet Just ‘Getting Old’?) In Part 1, we reviewed how physical illness can be mistaken for a dog or cat simply “getting old.” Now, what if you take your dog or cat for an evaluation and everything checks out fine but your...

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New Approach to Tackling Parasitic Disease Attracts Funding

Nov 29, 2016 / General News

As a young veterinarian in Zambia, Dr. William Witola wanted to know why the baby cows he saw were dying from a parasite resisting all treatment. Decades later, the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine researcher is designing small molecules to silence that same parasite’s gene expression, find potential drug targets and help end a disease...

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College Honors Employees’ Years of Service

Nov 21, 2016 / General News

On November 21, at the annual Thanksgiving celebration for College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff, and graduate students, Dean Peter Constable recognized five staff members marking service milestones in 2016. They are: Misty Oakley, 35 years of service Nikki Clarkson, 15 years of service Kristina Engelking, 15 years of service Jennifer Dittmar, 10 years of...

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Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Nov 12, 2016 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Great Blue Heron The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic—a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals—will feature a different patient each week on the Critter Cam. Caption and video don’t match? Well, situations can change pretty fast in the Wildlife Medical Clinic, so we can’t always keep...


Get to Know Bahaa Fadl-Alla

Nov 11, 2016 / Get to Know

Bahaa A. Fadl-Alla, lab instructor/research specialist, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for close to 17 years.  Using roughly 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is. Getting involved in many of the pioneer research projects in oncology and pathobiology. What is your favorite part of your job? Teaching and interacting with the...

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Student Goes on Her First Clinical Rotation: Surgical Skills

Nov 8, 2016 / Student Blogs

“Rotation vacation” is the sole phrase I heard upon starting my veterinary school education. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is unique because its curriculum provides students with clinical rotations in the first year whereas most others start rotations in the fourth year. This allows students to better grasp basic skills and concepts to...

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Is Your Pet Just ‘Getting Old’?

Nov 1, 2016 / Behavior

This is Part 1 of 2 of Behavior Changes in Senior Pets. Is your pet’s lack of interest in play or slowness to get up just a symptom of “getting old”? Think again. While animals are more prone to various diseases as they age, aging in and of itself is not a disease. My own dog...

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Get to Know Heather Clay

Oct 28, 2016 / Get to Know

Heather Clay, Assistant Dean for Advancement, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for about four months.  Using roughly 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is. I lead the fundraising and alumni relations team at the college. What is your favorite part of your job? I have been in fundraising for more than 20...

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Family Ties Sustain Ozzie Through Broken Neck

Oct 25, 2016 / Patient Stories

This story about my dog Ozzie starts when I inherited my father’s boat, which was about five years before Ozzie was even born. My father’s boat and I were made in the same year: 1963. For sentimental reasons, my family wanted to keep the old boat even though the motor it had was not really...