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[Loki before and after his illness]

Mischievous Loki Makes Miraculous Recovery

Apr 28, 2017 / General News

Loki Before the Illness, During Recovery Imagine you bring home a mixed-breed terrier puppy and his boundless energy immediately captures your heart. “He was very healthy, very active,” Miranda Karban says of the family pet, Loki. “Probably the most happy, excited dog you’ve ever seen.” In fact, says Miranda, he earned his name—after the trickster...

Get to Know Joe (Huanyu) Qiao

Apr 27, 2017 / Get to Know

Joe (Huanyu) Qiao, an assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences, has been at the College of Veterinary Medicine for a little more than three months. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: I do research and teaching at the college. (View the Qiao lab website.) What is your favorite...

Get to Know Michael Spinella

Apr 21, 2017 / Get to Know

Michael Spinella, an associate professor of comparative biosciences, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for a little under a year. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: To maintain a research lab, train students, and teach pharmacology. Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college? I am on...

[critter cam - red fox kit]

Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Apr 19, 2017 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Juvenile Red Fox 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...

[four baby bunnies]

Spread the Word: Baby Bunnies Best Left in Nest

Apr 18, 2017 / General News

Adorable? Yes. Helpless? Orphaned? In need of human intervention? Probably not. That’s the message Dr. Julia Whittington, medical director of the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, is hoping to spread far and wide—and fast. Once again this spring the Illinois clinic has been inundated with baby bunnies, so many that clinic volunteers are having...

[petri dish used to grow fungus]

First-Year Vet Student Racks up First Scholarly Publication

Apr 12, 2017 / General News

What Kills the Fungus that Kills the Snakes? Having a journal article published during veterinary school is definitely a notable accomplishment—especially if it has already been cited several times since its publication in February 2016. Marta Rzadkowska, a first-year veterinary student at Illinois, is one of the co-authors of a publication titled, “Evaluation of Common...

Illini at SAVMA

SAVMA Symposium Offers ‘Best Four Days’ So Far for First-Year Student

Apr 12, 2017 / Student Blogs

Last month, I attended the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium at Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I left Urbana on a snowy March day and headed to sunny College Station, Texas, for four days of lectures, day trips, and wet labs with veterinary students from all around...

[snake with fungal disease]

Illinois Team Tackles Mysterious Disease Afflicting Wild and Captive Snakes

Apr 12, 2017 / General News

Biologists and veterinarians across the central and eastern United States are calling on researchers at the University of Illinois to help them identify, understand and potentially treat snake fungal disease, a baffling affliction affecting more than a dozen species of wild and captive snakes in at least 15 states. The Illinois team, led by veterinary...

[shadow erickson at the hospital in March]

Heeler Heals with Help from Lots of Illinois Doctors

Apr 5, 2017 / Patient Stories

Betty and Bob Erickson got their first blue heeler because they raised cattle. Now it’s been 10 years since they last had any milk cows, but they haven’t given up on the blue heelers. Shadow—at 8 years the oldest of the three dogs that comprise the Ericksons’ current herd—has brought the family to the University...

[john thurmon]

Remembering Dr. John C. Thurmon, Veterinary Anesthesiologist

Apr 4, 2017 / Alumni News

The following narrative is excerpted from an obituary written by Dr. Thurmon’s daughter, Nancy Schmitt, of Highland Park, Texas. Professional Life In 1971 Dr. Thurmon was selected by his peers in the American Society of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, a society with open membership, to chair an ad hoc committee assigned to investigate formation of a veterinary...