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Smith and Wilson

‘Cast Away’ Horse Finds New Home

Jun 21, 2016 / Patient Stories

In late April, a Standardbred race horse was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital showing signs of lameness. A couple of x-rays revealed a simple incomplete fracture of a bone just above the hoof on the left hind leg. Treatment options included surgery or conservative treatment, where the leg would be placed into...

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Baby Beaver Gets Soothing Care from Clinic

Jun 20, 2016 / Student Blogs

When most people think of central Illinois, they don’t think water. And they certainly don’t think aquatic animals. But between the vast corn and soy fields, there are some pretty beautiful lakes, rivers, and ponds, and early this season, one the most charismatic residents of these ecosystems was in need of help—an American beaver kit....

Brian Woller

Get to Know Brian Woller

Jun 9, 2016 / Get to Know

Brian Woller, a lab animal caretaker tech 1, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for 24 years. Using (roughly) 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is.   Supervise the large animal caretakers and daily care of the animals. Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college?   I was a...

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How We Got Our Eagle

Jun 8, 2016 / Student Blogs

On March 15, 2015, some Peoria citizens noticed something odd—a bald eagle swimming in the Illinois River. Upon closer inspection, the onlookers realized that the bird wasn’t swimming—she was actually struggling to stay afloat. With some help and a little bit of ingenuity, these heroes were able to retrieve the eagle from the water and...

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Wildlife Clinic Invites Help Naming, Housing Newest Resident

Jun 8, 2016 / General News

Bald Eagle Requires Larger Flight Cage Finding just the right name for the bald eagle that is the newest resident teaching animal at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic is an important undertaking, and so the student board is seeking ideas from the public. The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Julia Whittington, made the announcement...


Long-Term Patient Gets Going-Away Party

Jun 7, 2016 / Patient Stories

Clay Johnson says of his 14-year-old Siberian Husky, Ayden, “With his life story, you could write a book on this dog.” It would be a tale of survival. Ayden was “rescued” by the Johnsons at eight weeks from a family whose previous three Huskies were hit by cars. He fell off a two-story roof and...


Help Your Noise-Averse Dogs through Thunder and Fireworks Season

Jun 2, 2016 / Behavior

Millions of dogs all over the world are terrified by the sound of fireworks. In fact, the town of Collecchio, Italy, recently introduced legislation requiring the use of silent fireworks to reduce the stress caused to pets. But even if everyone in the world used silent fireworks, there are plenty of other loud noises that...

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Rapid Prototyping Lends a Hand in Eagle Surgery

May 27, 2016 / General News

A complicated orthopedic surgery performed recently at the College of Veterinary Medicine received assistance from the College of Engineering at the opposite end of the University of Illinois campus. On May 5, a young bald eagle in the care of the Wildlife Medical Clinic underwent a three-hour procedure to repair its left humerus, which had...

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2nd Annual Superhero Day Honors Ian on June 3

May 27, 2016 / General News

Building on the success of the 2015 Superhero Day hosted at the college’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, organizers are extending the celebration throughout the college, and even encouraging area veterinary clinics and campus colleagues to participate. On Friday, June 3, 2016, the Second Annual Superhero Day will again offer an opportunity to recognize the unique talents...

[recovered bobcat released in Indiana]

Update: Recovered Bobcat Released in Indiana

May 25, 2016 / General News

Update on bobcat, posted at 9 am, May 25 The bobcat that was treated for a fractured pelvis last fall has been released back to the wild in her native Indiana! Read the story of her rehabilitation and release on the Facebook page of WildCare Inc. The story of the bobcat’s injury and recovery has...