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Pet Owners Cover High Costs for Care

Aug 2, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 2) – Many pet owners are becoming increasingly creative these days about finding new ways to cover the cost of extensive veterinary care by using social media and crowd funding, said Dr. Maureen McMichael, a professor of veterinary emergency and critical care.

Tularemia Death in Champaign

Aug 1, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 1) – This year, there has been at least one confirmed animal case of tularemia in Champaign County, in a rabbit brought to the University of Illinois’ wildlife medical clinic this past May, according to Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, a professor of zoonotic diseases at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.

Faculty Spotlight: Jason Pieper, DVM

Jul 30, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

  Dr. Jason Pieper is a new faculty member in dermatology as of July 2015 after completing his residency here at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He has had an interesting path towards veterinary dermatology, including six years in the U.S. Navy as a chef. While in the Navy, he served as Presidential Food Service Security...

Dog Flu Not Over in Chicago

Jul 30, 2015 / In the News

WGN-TV (July 30) – Several dog flu cases have been reported at city veterinary clinics, said Dr. Robert Armantano from the Veterinary Specialty Center at Illinois. To prevent spread  of the highly contagious virus, Armantano is encouraging pet parents to keep their pooches away from doggy parks, kennels,  and hotels.


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...

Flea Allergies in Pets

Jul 26, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 26) – According to veterinary dermatologists at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, flea allergic dermatitis represents the most common cause of allergies in temperate climates.

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...

Horse Recovers from Fractured Ankle

Jul 24, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 23) – The Bradfields brought Blondie to the University of Illinois veterinary hospital to have her checked out, and tests revealed bad news: Blondie’s left hind ankle had been splintered into five pieces. After surgery and months of rehab, the Bradfields credit Blondie’s improbable comeback to the skilled veterinary staff at the UI....

Snapping turtle

Meet New Blogger Dr. Nicki Rosenhagen

Jul 22, 2015 / Student Blogs

I am a wildlife vet. I fix fractures, I treat infections, and I ease pain. I feed orphaned babies, I talk to little old ladies about ducks, and I spend a lot of time thinking about poop. Those of us who dedicate our lives to caring for wildlife—the veterinarians, the rehabilitators, the technicians—don’t do it...

White Blood Cell Count in Pets

Jul 19, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 19) – “There are typically five types of white blood cells — neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils and basophils — that we look at in a leukon, which is a white blood cell profile,” said Dr. Anne Barger, a veterinary clinical pathologist at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine.