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[Pretzel, a brain cancer patient treated with PAC-1)

PAC-1 Trial in Humans with Brain Cancer Extended

Nov 28, 2017 / General News

Dogs with brain tumors responded well to PAC-1 drug combo A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. This phase Ib trial will determine if the...

horse in mud

Teamwork Saves Horse From Extremely Sticky Situation

Nov 20, 2017 / General News

“It was one of those times when you’re glad you’ve had training, but never expected it to be put to full use,” recalled Scott Hexum, of the eight-hour rescue mission that took place on the evening of September 22. Hexum, who is an anatomy instructor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, has long been active...

[William Helferich, Jodi Flaws, James Hartman]

Study: Genistein May Adversely Affect Female Fertility

Nov 15, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Genistein is found in dietary supplements Exposure to the phytoestrogen genistein prior to conception may adversely affect female fertility and pregnancy outcomes, depending on the dosage and duration of exposure, a new study in mice suggests. Chronic preconception exposure to genistein affected pregnancy rates in mice and was associated with prolonged labor, smaller litters and...

Laura Monaco Torelli

Teach Dogs to File Their Own Nails

Nov 10, 2017 / Behavior

Paw care doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Unfortunately for some, the very thought of trimming dog nails creates anxiety, and makes this important husbandry behavior last on our to-do list. So let’s arrange a few points of success that can help bring the fun back into nail trims! How? By pairing up with...

horse in 3T MRI

Taking a Look Inside: Different Diagnostic Imaging Modalities Available for Horses

Nov 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

The first radiograph (x-ray) was performed in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, the German scientist who discovered x-rays. Within months of Roentgen’s discovery, surgeons started to use the new technology to aid their diagnoses and treatments, including locating bullets in wounded soldiers. Over the past century, our ability to produce high-quality radiographs has improved tremendously....

Get to Know Heather Soder

Nov 10, 2017 / Get to Know

Heather Soder (wearing green in the photo), surgical vet tech II, has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine since 1996. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: Creating a supportive learning environment for the students during live animal neuter labs. What is your favorite part of your job?...

[13 fianlists in the Researach Live! 2017 competition]

Graduate Students Shine at Campus Competition

Nov 9, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Vet Med Steals the Show The College of Veterinary Medicine continued its excellent showing at the Research Live! competition sponsored by the University of Illinois Graduate College. The competition, now in its third year, has featured veterinary medicine graduate students every year. During the first year, Robin Holland, who is in the college’s combined DVM-PhD...

[Illinois veterinary alumni speak to students]

Alumni to Students: ‘Relax, Stay Open to Options’

Oct 31, 2017 / Alumni Profiles

As students, we are invited to many lunch lectures throughout the year. These lectures not only provide free food but also deliver information that prepares us to be better veterinarians. The knowledge we take away from those 50 minutes influences our future. Last week I attended a panel lecture hosting five successful alumni: Dennis Brooks,...

Dr. Erin Stein with dog

Alumna in Army Veterinary Corps Finds Ways to Say ‘Yes’

Oct 30, 2017 / Alumni Profiles

Illinois Alum Combines Military Career and Veterinary Medicine Dr. Erin Stein (DVM ’15, MPH ’16) acknowledges that veterinary medicine pushes the boundaries of one’s abilities. After all, there are extraordinary demands and limited supplies. Her own career path, however, illustrates that an openness to other points of view and creative solutions can be the key...

[Dr. Lynne White-Shim presents alumni awards 2017]

Illinois Alumni Recognized for Professional Achievements

Oct 26, 2017 / Alumni News

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association presented two awards on October 26 during the college’s annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians. In introducing the honorees, Dr. Lynne White-Shim, president of the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association (pictured above), remarked that the individuals selected for the awards “represent the very best of...