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[Dr. Timothy Fan and Dr. Paul Hergenrother]

Human Trials of Cancer Drug Continue with New Investment

May 24, 2016 / Research News

Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million to help get the compound this far in the drug-approval pipeline. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration also granted PAC-1 orphan drug status for the treatment of glioblastoma...

Janet Sinn-Hanlon

Get to Know Janet Sinn-Hanlon

May 20, 2016 / Get to Know

Janet Sinn-Hanlon, a medical illustrator media specialist, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for four years. Using (roughly) 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is. I produce illustrations, animations, and 3D models for teaching, clinical, and research purposes. Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college? Before I went back...

Samantha and Ava

Second Opinion Saves Ava’s Life

May 19, 2016 / Patient Stories

Samantha Zindars was upset about her dog Ava’s diagnosis of osteosarcoma. Ava, a 7-year-old Belgian malinois-German shepherd mix, was lethargic and in pain for many months prior to her diagnosis. Osteosarcoma, a common bone tumor, was believed to be the presumptive diagnosis after bone destruction was shown in the x-rays. In many cases, dogs with the...

Malky with eagle

Illinois Student Shares Tales from Israeli Wildlife Hospital

May 13, 2016 / Student Blogs

Editor’s note: This report was written by fourth-year veterinary student Malky Spektor, who chose to spend her six-week professional development program working at Israeli Wildlife Hospital. Dr. Julia Whittington, clinical associate professor and director of the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, was her mentor. I have now completed five weeks here at the Israeli Wildlife Hospital. This week...

[brigitte mason, angela mitas, daniele miliaao]

Oh, the Places They’ll Go…

May 13, 2016 / General News

… and the species they’ll treat, the specialties they’ll pursue, and the difference they’ll make in the lives of people and animals everywhere. After four years engaged in one of the world’s most innovative veterinary curricula, the Illinois Class of 2016 will recite the Veterinarian’s Oath together on Friday, May 13, and disperse to parts...

Kelsie Dolezal

Get to Know Kelsie Dolezal

May 13, 2016 / Get to Know

Kelsie Dolezal is patient services coordinator at the Medical District Veterinary Clinic at Illinois and VSC at Illinois. She has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for seven years. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is. Practice manager for the Chicago services. Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the...

[Bear, a patient at the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital]

Abused Dog Recovering at Veterinary Hospital

May 10, 2016 / General News

Update on Tuesday, May 10 – Critical care specialists at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are delighted that Bear is healthy enough to be released to a new forever home. One the doctors shared: “His hypothyroidism is responding well to therapy.  The wound that was surgically addressed is healing well.  He is eating and drinking well.”...


Cardiologist Removes 33 Heartworms from Beagle Mix

May 9, 2016 / Patient Stories

Lexi Goldstein, a two-year-old beagle-rat terrier mix from Elk Grove Village, Ill., is believed to be a record holder at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. However, it’s a record no dog wants to break. In January 2016, Lexi had more than 30 heartworms removed through her jugular vein in a painstaking, 90-minute surgery...

Wildlife Epidemiology Lab

College Hosts Box Turtle Conservation Workshop

May 4, 2016 / General News

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Wildlife Epidemiology Laboratory is hosting a 2016 Box Turtle Conservation Workshop on May 19-21. The workshop will focus on box turtle epidemiology, with areas of interest including population trends, ecology, life history strategies, and systematics. Due to the declining populations of box turtles, the goal of the workshop is...