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Herrmann Wins Teaching Award at UI-Chicago

Apr 29, 2016 / Center for One Health Illinois

Since 1966, the Silver Circle Award has been presented to some of the best teachers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Winners, who are honored at their college commencements, receive $500 and their names join a long list of distinguished colleagues. But what makes the award especially meaningful is its selection committee: the graduating...

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

Abused Dog Recovering at Veterinary Hospital

Apr 27, 2016 / General News

Bear, the chocolate Lab that was found suspended off the side of a bridge in Ford County, was showing positive signs of recovery on Wednesday, April 27, according to Dr. Maureen McMichael, who heads the small animal emergency and critical care service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “He wasn’t eating until this morning....

[Kristopher Kilian, graduate student Junmin Lee and Timothy Fan]

Shape of Tumor May Affect Whether Cells Can Metastasize

Apr 27, 2016 / Research News

Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study. Using engineered tissue environments in various shapes...

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Get the Word Out Fast: Baby Bunnies Best Left in Nest

Apr 27, 2016 / 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. This spring the Illinois clinic has been inundated with baby bunnies, so many that clinic volunteers are having trouble caring...

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Summer Course Engages High Schoolers in Real-life Outbreak Scenario

Apr 22, 2016 / General News

Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker will take local high school students on a free global science adventure, without leaving the Illinois campus. “Outbreak!” is an advanced four-week summer course that uses the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa to immerse rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors in the basic principles of public health and infectious disease...

Bryan Jones Jr

Get to Know Bryan Jones Jr.

Apr 21, 2016 / Get to Know

Bryan Jones Jr. is assistant facilities manager and has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for three years. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is. Facilities maintenance and inventory management. Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college? I started as a distribution clerk in 2013. It was...

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Early Eye Care Lasts a Lifetime for Poodle

Apr 21, 2016 / Patient Stories

For RussT, a toy poodle in Galva, Ill., the eyes have it. In fact, amazingly, since he was in serious jeopardy of going blind as a puppy, his eyes have had the miracle of sight for more than a decade. RussT—named for his owner Krisann Smith’s late father, Russell T. Kelly—is believed to be the...

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Zoos Offer Students Exotic Animal Experience

Apr 13, 2016 / General News

Exotic animals in central Illinois are hard to come by, but thanks to nearby zoos, veterinary students at the University of Illinois can gain incredible field experience. The College of Veterinary Medicine curriculum offers an exotic animal rotation through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s zoological medicine service. With Dr. Kenneth Welle and Dr. Matt Allender, students...

Payton in tank in 2015

Water Therapy Restores Payton’s Pace

Apr 13, 2016 / Patient Stories

Wednesdays at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital are affectionately known as “Golden Wednesdays.” “We have three to four golden retrievers that come in for therapy that day,” explains Kim Knap, a certified veterinary technician (CVT) and canine rehabilitation specialist at the hospital. “That’s their day. We see a lot of gray-faced goldens on Wednesdays, which we...

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Study Links Fetal and Newborn Dolphin Deaths to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Apr 12, 2016 / Research News

Scientists have finalized a five-year study of newborn and fetal dolphins found stranded on beaches in the northern Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2013. Their study, reported in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, identified substantial differences between fetal and newborn dolphins found stranded inside and outside the areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater...