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Team Studies Immune Response of Asian Elephants Infected with a Human Disease

Jul 16, 2014 / Research News

Findings suggest a faster and more reliable way to diagnose TB in captive elephants Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis in humans, also afflicts Asian (and occasionally other) elephants. Diagnosing and treating elephants with TB is a challenge, however, as little is known about how their immune systems respond to the infection. A new...

[Matt Allender in his lab with a snake]

Scientists Gear up to Fight Deadly Snake Fungal Disease

Jul 15, 2014 / Comparative Biosciences News

Now we can identify the infections earlier, we can intervene earlier and we can potentially increase our success of treatment or therapy. Researchers have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows...

Faculty Spotlight: Jackie Wypij, DVM, DACVIM

Jul 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Jackie Wypij completed an internship and residency at Illinois and joined the oncology faculty five years ago. What have you lectured or published about recently? I gave presentations on “Contraindications in Oncology” and “Drug repositioning: Evidence for anti-cancer effect of non-cancer drugs” at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Nashville in...

[Tim Fan with a canine patient and vet tech Rebecca Kamerer.]

Illinois Cancer Team Investigates New Treatment Approach for Osteosarcoma

Jul 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Tim Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM The oncology service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital combines researchers and clinicians focused on discovering and implementing new approaches to treating cancer in animals, especially canine osteosarcoma (OS), the most common primary bone tumor in dogs. The majority of dogs with OS eventually develop metastatic disease. While conventional therapies...

[Kim Knap talks with a client]

Client Communication: A Procedure You Can Master

Jul 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Laura Garrett, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)  Studies have documented many ways the practitioner’s communication skills benefit the patient, the client, and the practice. Communication improves history taking, which leads to better diagnoses. Human medical studies show that good communication improves understanding of and adherence to recommendations, improves loyalty and satisfaction (which improves clinical outcomes), and decreases malpractice risk....

Foreman Elected to International Equine Exercise Physiology Committee

Jun 21, 2014 / General News

Dr. Jonathan Foreman, professor of equine medicine and associate dean for academic and student affairs, was elected to serve a 12-year term on the committee that oversees the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP). His position on the committee was announced in June 2014  at the 9th ICEEP, which was held in Chester, England. The ICEEP meeting...

[Students assist Dr. Bob Weedon at a cat spay-neuter clinic]

Weedon Leads Shelter Medicine Program, Wins Grant from PetSmart Charities

Jun 19, 2014 / General News

In early 2014 the AVMA Executive Board voted unanimously to give provisional recognition to shelter medicine as a unique veterinary specialty concentrated on improving the health and well-being of animals that live in shelter environments.That’s good news for Dr. Bob Weedon, a faculty member in veterinary clinical medicine who divides his time between leading the college’s...

[C.L.Davis Path Course participants at Illinois]

Pathobiology Hosts National Review Course

Jun 18, 2014 / Pathobiology

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine was selected to host the Charles Louis Davis DVM Foundation’s annual descriptive course for pathology residents in 2014. Drs. Elizabeth Driskell, Stephane Lezmi, and Matt Wallig, all of the Department of Pathobiology, were the local course organizers. In June more than sixty participants came to the Urbana...

[Kate Varela outside Sen. Richard Durbin's office in Washington, D.C.]

Varela Sees DVMs’ Impact in D.C.

Jun 15, 2014 / Alumni Profiles

“As a kid I wanted to be a small animal veterinarian. I like diagnosing and treating patients and interacting with pet owners,” said Dr. Kate Varela, who completed her Illinois DVM in 2012. But Dr. Varela came to want her veterinary career to have a broader impact. After earning a bachelor’s degree in the Program...

[Dr. Tim Sullivan and his two beagles]

Still Crazy About Being Mundelein Vet After All These Years

Jun 15, 2014 / Alumni Profiles

Dr. Tim Sullivan has been practicing veterinary medicine since the age of ten. As a kid, he would often get up in the middle of the night to help his older brother, Edwin, with surgeries at the Libertyville Animal Hospital and later at the Mundelein Animal Hospital opened by Edwin, an Illinois graduate in the...