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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...

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...

[ Student American Veterinary Medical Association logo]

Preparing to Lead the Student AVMA

Jul 10, 2015 / Student Blogs

Why am I interested in servant leadership? Why am I thrilled to pile on an already full to-do list? My first career, sports journalism, spanned more than a decade and exposed me to thousands of people. My second, after only a short time, is exposing me to thousands of extraordinary people. I believe that the...

[Past-president, president, and president elect of SAVMA]

SAVMA President-Elect to Blog from Front Lines

Jul 2, 2015 / Student Blogs

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a series of student blogs. Hello! I am very excited to share the view from my window into the world of veterinary medicine. I recently completed my second year of veterinary school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I expect to complete the Doctorate of Veterinary...

[Scene from Fall Conference 2014]

Registration Open for Fall Conference for Veterinarians

Jul 1, 2015 / General News

Visit: go.illinois.edu/FallConference Whether you’re coming for the camaraderie with faculty and classmates or for the cutting-edge knowledge, it’s hard to beat the value at Fall Conference for Veterinarians, the college’s annual continuing education event. This year the conference will be held September 17 and 18 at the iHotel and Conference Center in Champaign, about one...

[two goats in a pen]

College Teams Up With Ag Department For 2015 Illinois State Fair

Jul 1, 2015 / General News

Veterinary Students Partner with the Office of the State Veterinarian for Hands-on Opportunities SPRINGFIELD, IL—Students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine will work alongside veterinarians from the college and from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) to provide veterinary care for all animals on the grounds during the 2015 Illinois...

[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...