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10 Lessons from Down on the Farm

Dec 8, 2015 / Student Blogs

For the last year I have been employed as a caregiver at the University’s Veterinary Medicine Research Farm (VMRF). I took this job because I wanted to learn more about pigs and practicing good biosecurity while making a little extra money on the side. The VMRF has an ever-rotating stock of just about any farm...

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Leatherback Sea Turtles Choose Nest Sites Carefully, Study Finds

Nov 24, 2015 / Research News

The enormous, solitary leatherback sea turtle spends most of its long life at sea. After hatching and dispersing across the world’s oceans, only the female leatherbacks return to their natal beaches to lay clutches of eggs in the sand. A new study offers fresh insights into their nesting choices and will help efforts to prevent...

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Give a Gift that Gives Twice and Supports Animals

Nov 23, 2015 / General News

Have you looked everywhere for the perfect holiday gift for the animal lovers on your list? How about investing in a healthier future for animals in their honor? This holiday season, why not choose a gift that makes a difference to a cause your loved ones care about? When you make tax-deductible donations to the College of Veterinary Medicine in honor of loved ones, your special someones will...


Putting a Humpty-Dumpty Turtle Back Together

Nov 17, 2015 / Student Blogs

Late this summer, the Wildlife Medical Clinic admitted a box turtle with a badly broken shell. The cause of the injury was some type of crushing injury and nearly half of the upper shell (the carapace) was compressed down into the animal’s body cavity. The finder had kept the animal for several days before deciding...

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Vet Tech Takes Bandages to Artistic Level

Nov 10, 2015 / Patient Stories

When a dog, who previously had two of his toes removed, came in for a bandage change just before Halloween, veterinary technician Michelle Jaeger knew exactly what she wanted to design on the bandage around his paw. He would sport a skeletal bone—reflecting his missing digits—with an orange wrap. This extra touch of care lightens the...

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Peregrine Falcon Requires Change in Treatment

Nov 4, 2015 / Student Blogs

The Wildlife Medical Clinic is currently caring for a very uncommon patient—an adult peregrine falcon. This bird was admitted with fractured major and minor metacarpal bones, sometimes called the carpometacarpus. These bones are equivalent to the long bones in your hand, but birds only have two instead of five. Luckily, the fractures were far from...

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Design Team Builds Virtual 3-D Model to Teach Cow Anatomy

Nov 3, 2015 / General News

Point your phone or tablet at the poster with a cow image and a small 3-D cow appears before you – Desktop Bessie, with her skeleton, circulatory, digestive and nervous systems, and various organs visible as you move around her. If you’re a veterinary student, the augmented reality cow is a great way to learn...

College and Alumni Association Honor Five

Oct 15, 2015 / Alumni News

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association presented four Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards and a Special Service Award on September 17 during the college’s annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians. The awardees are Dr. Wayne Anderson, Dr. Maureen Birmingham, Dr. Clyde Dunphy, and Dr. Gail Golab, recipients of the...

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Dentistry Service Makes Pets More Adoptable

Oct 15, 2015 / General News

Like many shelter animals, a 10-year-old terrier named Milo was waiting patiently to be adopted. Luckily for him, that happy day came sooner with the help of a partnership between the Champaign County Humane Society and the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital dentistry service. Some of Milo’s teeth had been fractured at some point in...

Normandy, France, CIRALE, August 2015

Oct 3, 2015 / Student Blogs

This summer I had the honor to spend one month at one of Europe’s most renowned equine lameness clinics, located in Normandy France. It was a complete immersion into the French culture, language and their point of view on veterinary medicine. During my time at the clinic I was able to work with 4 different...