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[Peter D. Constable and a calf]

Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calves

Aug 18, 2017 / Research News

Findings have implications for human patients Clinical signs such as gastrointestinal problems or septic arthritis may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, a new study suggests. The research also may finally resolve a century-old debate among scientists about the blood pH levels needed...

[Student Rachel Hallman gets a kiss from a dolphin]

MARVET Trip Fulfills Student’s Dream of Dolphin Interactions

Aug 18, 2017 / Student Blogs

‘I had to sneak in a picture kissing the dolphin!’ Ever since I was a young girl, I have been infatuated with dolphins. This summer, I was fortunate enough to go on a two-week trip called MARVET in Mexico, where a 20-year-long dream of working with dolphins was fulfilled. During this trip, there were lessons...

[members of the Illinois team on the Tanzania 2017 study abroad trip]

Study Abroad in Tanzania 2017

Aug 7, 2017 / Student Blogs

Spay/neuter/infectious disease control program A note from the program organizer, Dr. Margarethe Hoenig: This program would not have been possible without the collaboration with Professors Muhairwa and Werema at the Sokoine Agricultural University Department of Veterinary Medicine in Morogoro, who were instrumental in the day-to-day organization. We thank Anthony Mhando and Dr. Nickson Ng’umbi and...

Feather Picking in Parrots

Aug 1, 2017 / Behavior

[Return to Veterinary Behavior at Illinois] FAQs What is it? Grooming, also known as preening, is a normal behavior of parrots and can occupy a good portion of a bird’s day. However, normal preening should not cause any damage to skin or the feathers. Preening that causes damage to the feathers and/or skin is indicative...

red-tailed hawk

Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Jul 27, 2017 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Red-Tailed Hawk 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 our...

Sarah Wright AQUAVET

Student Solidifies Passion for Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Jul 24, 2017 / Student Blogs

I spent the first month of my summer on the East Coast participating in the AQUAVET® I: Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine course. The AQUAVET I course is run through Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and is held at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. When I first arrived at Roger Williams University,...

Cristian De Peralta

Get to Know Cristian De Peralta

Jul 21, 2017 / Get to Know

Cristian De Peralta, a client care representative at the Medical District Veterinary Clinic at Illinois, has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine since May 2017. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: Providing professional, efficient, and exceptional customer service at all times. What is your favorite part of your...

Study: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Inflammation via Cannabinoids

Jul 19, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions...

View 3D Heart

Jul 18, 2017 / Science With Heart

To see the beating heart come alive, download our free Illinois 3DVM app from Google Play (for Android) onto your device. Install and open the app, accept the terms of use, then just point your device’s camera at the image on the computer screen (or your Veterinary Medicine at Illinois “Science with Heart” T-shirt, or referral directory cover),...

[Nana from Thailand with student and Thai doctors]

Dog from Thailand Gets Heart Repair at University of Illinois

Jul 17, 2017 / General News

More Patients, Students Will Benefit from Ongoing Exchange Nana is a very lucky three-year-old Chihuahua. This dog from Thailand had a congenital heart defect called a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which typically leads to heart failure within the first year of life, so she is lucky to have lived to age three. She’s also very...