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Reflections from a Class of 2017 Graduate

May 24, 2017 / Student Blogs

“It’s hard to remember your primary objective was to drain the swamp when you’re ass-deep in alligators.” —Dad The above phrase, while not an original quote from dad, is one he is quite fond of saying. In the parlance of the times, I suppose the kids would call this a “dad-ism” or “dad joke.” But...

[At the 2016 AVMA Fly-in, the Illinois delegation]

2017 Graduate Selected for AVMA Fellowship in Washington, DC

May 24, 2017 / Alumni News

Dr. Matt Holland, who earned an Illinois veterinary degree this month, is one of three veterinarians recently selected to serve as full-time advisors to congressional staff through a one-year fellowship sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA fellows will advise on science and technology policy issues such as food safety, public health,...

Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

May 22, 2017 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Juvenile 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...

Lynsee Melchi and Dr. Heather Venkat

Students Interview Dr. Heather Venkat

May 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

Fourth-year student bloggers Lynsee Melchi and Matt Holland interviewed alumna Heather Venkat, DVM ’13, MPH ’14, Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They met her during the CDC’s annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference in Atlanta in April. (Pictured above is Lynsee at left with Dr. Venkat.)     Tell us a little bit...

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Five Veterinary Faculty Among Medical College Inaugural 100

May 8, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Five faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine are among the 100 prominent researchers, administrators, and medical professionals named to the faculty of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. The medical college is a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System,...

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Trainer Demonstrates Low-Stress Ways to Introduce New Stimuli

May 4, 2017 / Behavior

First impressions do matter Don’t underestimate that anytime an animal meets a new person, that person becomes part of the animal’s training. When there is a lack of communication and appropriate foundation training, sudden exposure to stimuli—whether a stranger’s quick reach to the pet’s head or unfamiliar, unleashed dogs rushing into the pet’s space—can create...

Get to Know Alex Evilevitch

May 4, 2017 / Get to Know

Alex Evilevitch, an associate professor of pathobiology, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for four months. Using roughly 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: Do cutting-edge research in virus biophysics, train graduate students, and teach a new course in physical virology. What is your favorite part of your job?...

[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...