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[Rep. Kurt Schrader and Dr. Sarah Allison]

Allison Finds AAVMC Public Policy Fellowship ‘Life Changing’

Jun 25, 2015 / Alumni Profiles

When Dr. Sarah Allison talks about her recent veterinary public policy fellowship, she exudes excitement. “I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to participate in this fellowship,” said Dr. Allison, a clinical assistant professor and assistant director for the campus Division of Animal Resources. “It was life changing.” Dr. Allison was one of two inaugural...

[skinny orange cat]

Causes of Weight Loss in Older Cats

Jun 24, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Weight loss in senior cats is a common finding that is often overlooked, but that is a poor prognostic sign for continued good health. Dr. David Williams, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, in collaboration with colleagues at Nestle-Purina, is investigating the underlying cause, useful diagnostic tests, and treatments that may help...

A technician in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory adds matrix to the biotyper plate.

Veterinary Lab’s New Biotyper Speeds Clinical Microbiology Identification

Jun 23, 2015 / General News

An instrument recently acquired by the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is capable of matching microorganisms cultured from submissions against more than 5,600 distinct pathogens—bacteria, yeasts, and fungi —in the system’s database. And it takes only 90 minutes to identify up to 96 isolates. Diagnostic techniques previously used to identify pathogens, in comparison, took...

[hawk on road with U of I police car]

Recovered Red-tailed Hawk to Be Released

Jun 18, 2015 / General News

A red-tailed hawk that has been recuperating at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic since June 2 is now ready to return to the spot it was discovered. Volunteers from the clinic have scheduled the release for 2 pm on Friday, June 19, at Stadium Terrace and Oak Street, near Memorial Stadium. A good...

[Dr. Tim Fan with his dog]

Translational Cancer Research Benefits Dogs and People

Jun 16, 2015 / General News

Pet dogs may be humans’ best friends in a new arena of life: cancer treatment, said University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan. Physiological similarities between dogs and humans, and conserved genetics between some dog and human cancers, can allow pet dogs to serve as useful models for studying new cancer drugs, he...

[Fred Kummerow in his laboratory]

A Minute With… Fred Kummerow on the FDA’s Trans Fat Ban

Jun 5, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, now 100, first reported a link between dietary trans fats and heart disease in 1957. Trained in lipid biochemistry, Kummerow later determined the mechanisms by which trans fats contributed to atherosclerosis in patients with heart disease. In 2009, he petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban trans fats from...

[Veterinary Teaching Hospital staff wear superhero t-shirts]

Hospital Remembers Boy’s Super Spirit

Jun 1, 2015 / General News

    Shortly after Ian, the four-year-old son of a veterinary technician at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, passed away unexpectedly on June 3, 2014, many veterinarians, students, and staff at the hospital showed their love for Ian by wearing superhero garb to work. The gesture not only reflected Ian’s fascination with these...

[blue-gloved hands hold a frog and wipe its yellow belly with a swab]

Task Force Looks at Diseases in Amphibians, Reptiles

May 30, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), a North American conservation network devoted to amphibians and reptiles and their habitats, recently formed a task force to coordinate response to disease outbreaks impacting those species. Matt Allender, DVM, PhD, of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, along with Matt Gray, PhD, from the University...

[swimming dolphin]

Researchers Link Dolphin Deaths to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

May 20, 2015 / Research News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dolphins found stranded on Gulf of Mexico beaches following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were much more likely to have severe lung and adrenal gland damage “consistent with petroleum product exposure” than dolphins stranded elsewhere and prior to the spill, researchers report. One in five dolphins from the spill zone also...

[3D depiction of the production of steroid hormones]

Flaws’ BPA Research Inspires YouTube Video

May 12, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

A group of undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania recently created a video influenced by Dr. Jodi Flaws, professor of comparative biosciences at Illinois. Dr. Flaws specializes in research involving factors such as toxicants that can affect the female reproductive system. One of Dr. Flaws’ recent research projects looked at how bisphenol A (BPA),...