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[dog skulls with each bone painted a color]

A Horse Skull of a Different Color Aids Anatomy Students

Feb 8, 2016 / General News

Students benefit from painted skulls In a classic “lemons into lemonade” story, an instructor in the anatomy laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine has turned one student’s frustrated defacement of a skull into a teaching tool that enhances learning for other students. “The skull anatomy section is intense,” admits Ashley Lynch, one of the...

Debi and Dave Stoppkotte

Honoring 16 Years of Service with a Smile

Feb 2, 2016 / General News

The College of Veterinary Medicine says goodbye and congratulations to Dave Stoppkotte on his retirement as an instrument and measurement technician. He has been a trusted and valued resource in the college for the past 16 years. His smile and positive attitude always managed to improve everyone’s day. Dave began his career serving as a...

Amy Fink with Callie

Callie’s Castle: Cat Gets Royal Treatment during Cancer Care

Jan 29, 2016 / Patient Stories

They say a man’s home is his castle, but for one patient at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a castle became her home away from home. Callie, an 8-year-old cat, was brought to the hospital because she was having difficulty breathing. Fourth-year veterinary student Caroline Fallon was assigned to Callie’s case. “I could...

Dr. Megan Watson and sea otter in Alaska

Vet Resident Assists in Alaskan Sea Otter Rescue

Jan 21, 2016 / Student Blogs

In October, Shedd Aquarium provided an amazing opportunity to travel to Homer, Alaska, through their rescue and rehabilitation efforts. This was in response to a request for veterinary support from the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC). The ASLC is part of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which helps respond to calls of stranded (beached)...

Epidemiologist Comments on Bird Flu in Indiana

Jan 21, 2016 / In the News

State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.; Jan. 21) – Much like human flu, the avian influenza virus tends to be a fall-winter disease that mutates season to season, according to Yvette Johnson-Walker, a clinical epidemiologist with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The latest outbreak is a different strain from the virus that devastated flocks...

[this bobcat needs orthopedic surgery to repair its pelvic fractures]

Bobcat Gets OK to Return to Indiana

Jan 21, 2016 / General News

Update on bobcat, posted at 4 pm, January 26 The bobcat that was transferred to WildCare Inc., in Indiana, is doing well in her new enclosure, according to information that Amanda Wrigley, who serves on the WildCare Inc. board, sent to Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic: “The female is...

Emerging Fungal Infections Impact Wildlife

Jan 20, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

Yale Environment 360 (Jan. 19) – “It’s having a pretty significant impact on some populations,” Matthew Allender, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s veterinary school and the lead author on a recent paper on the etiology of SFD [snake fungal disease], said. For snakes infected with SFD, Allender noted, mortality rates can...

[horses and round barn]

Equine Researchers Receive Morris Animal Foundation Grants

Jan 20, 2016 / General News

Illinois equine researchers garnered two of the 16 equine grants approved by the Morris Animal Foundation for the 2016 funding cycle. Dr. Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro received funding to evaluate the effectiveness of a new surgical suture technique to repair upper airway obstruction in horses with a common upper respiratory disease called recurrent laryngeal neuropathy. Dr. Annette...

Shelter Medicine Program Helps Feral Cats

Jan 15, 2016 / In the News

Alley Cat Allies News (Jan. 11) – Bob Weedon, DVM, MPH, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is spearheading a new shelter medicine program… The program prepares veterinary students for a career caring for those animals who have long gone without sufficient care—including community cats. http://news.alleycat.org/2016/01/11/shelter-medicine-program-saves-lives-and-sets-a-precedent/

[Dr. Gutierrez examines a horse]

Daylong Clinic Covers Horse Health, from Head to Hoof

Jan 13, 2016 / General News

Horse owners from across Illinois will gather in Urbana on February 6 to learn about the care and keeping of their hooved animal companions at the annual Horseman’s Clinic, offered by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The $40 per person registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, a facilities tour, and lectures covering hoof...