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Get to Know Sandy Collins

Jun 28, 2016 / Get to Know

Sandy Collins, account technician II in the Business Services Center, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for nine years. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is.  Travel reimbursements and T-Card reconciliations. Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college? Yes, when I started at the...

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With Online Games, High School Students Learn How to Rein in Disease Outbreaks

Jun 27, 2016 / Center for One Health Illinois

High school students investigate Ebola-like outbreaks and administer vaccines through Outbreak!, a new summer course at Illinois that uses online games to encourage critical thinking about fighting infectious diseases. Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker, an epidemiologist and a clinical instructor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, leads the four-week course with her colleague Dr. Maung San...

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Blondie Beats the Odds after Shattering Ankle

Jun 27, 2016 / Patient Stories

Is it true blondes have more fun? For Miss Clairol—better known by her pet name, “Blondie”—an 11-year-old Palomino show horse that recovered from a devastating leg injury to compete again at a championship level thanks to surgeons at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, every day is a playful celebration of life. “Ninety-five times...

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‘Cast Away’ Horse Finds New Home

Jun 21, 2016 / Patient Stories

In late April, a Standardbred race horse was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital showing signs of lameness. A couple of x-rays revealed a simple incomplete fracture of a bone just above the hoof on the left hind leg. Treatment options included surgery or conservative treatment, where the leg would be placed into...

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Baby Beaver Gets Soothing Care from Clinic

Jun 20, 2016 / Student Blogs

When most people think of central Illinois, they don’t think water. And they certainly don’t think aquatic animals. But between the vast corn and soy fields, there are some pretty beautiful lakes, rivers, and ponds, and early this season, one the most charismatic residents of these ecosystems was in need of help—an American beaver kit....

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Get to Know Brian Woller

Jun 9, 2016 / Get to Know

Brian Woller, a lab animal caretaker tech 1, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for 24 years. Using (roughly) 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is.   Supervise the large animal caretakers and daily care of the animals. Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college?   I was a...

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How We Got Our Eagle

Jun 8, 2016 / Student Blogs

On March 15, 2015, some Peoria citizens noticed something odd—a bald eagle swimming in the Illinois River. Upon closer inspection, the onlookers realized that the bird wasn’t swimming—she was actually struggling to stay afloat. With some help and a little bit of ingenuity, these heroes were able to retrieve the eagle from the water and...

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Wildlife Clinic Invites Help Naming, Housing Newest Resident

Jun 8, 2016 / General News

Bald Eagle Requires Larger Flight Cage Finding just the right name for the bald eagle that is the newest resident teaching animal at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic is an important undertaking, and so the student board is seeking ideas from the public. The clinic’s medical director, Dr. Julia Whittington, made the announcement...


Long-Term Patient Gets Going-Away Party

Jun 7, 2016 / Patient Stories

Clay Johnson says of his 14-year-old Siberian Husky, Ayden, “With his life story, you could write a book on this dog.” It would be a tale of survival. Ayden was “rescued” by the Johnsons at eight weeks from a family whose previous three Huskies were hit by cars. He fell off a two-story roof and...


Help Your Noise-Averse Dogs through Thunder and Fireworks Season

Jun 2, 2016 / Behavior

Millions of dogs all over the world are terrified by the sound of fireworks. In fact, the town of Collecchio, Italy, recently introduced legislation requiring the use of silent fireworks to reduce the stress caused to pets. But even if everyone in the world used silent fireworks, there are plenty of other loud noises that...