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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Learn about Wildlife Babies on April 15

Apr 3, 2017 / General News

Spring means the arrival of many new mouths to feed at the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic. Each year, dozens of wildlife baby orphans are delivered to the clinic needing care and nurturing, prompting the organization to host an annual Wildlife Baby Shower to stock up on the supplies needed during its busiest season...

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Mayzie Bounds Back after Microchip Mishap

Apr 1, 2017 / Patient Stories

‘Teaching Moment’ Has Happy Ending Most experts agree that implanting a microchip in your dog is one of the safest and most responsible decisions a pet owner can make, ensuring you can be found if your best friend is lost. However, when a one-in-a-million mishap caused David and Sharon Shafer’s puppy, Mayzie, to nearly become...

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Owl Expert to Speak at Veterinary College

Mar 17, 2017 / General News

Meet Denver Holt. He’s been named a “Champion of Owls” by a jury of international owl experts and been named Montana’s “Wildlife Biologist of the Year.” On Tuesday, March 28, at 7 pm, Holt will present an hour of facts, anecdotes, breath-taking photos, and amazing owl calls at the Large Animal Clinic Auditorium at the...

Diego Almeida

Get to Know Diego Almeida

Mar 17, 2017 / Get to Know

Diego Almeida is a farrier instructor at Midwest Horseshoeing School, which was acquired by the college in February.  Using roughly 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: Provide farrier training to aspiring horseshoers and farrier service to horse owners. What is your favorite part of your job? I love to shoe horses,...