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BJ the cat

Unusual Surgery Helps BJ the Cat ‘Breathe Easy’

Dec 19, 2016 / Patient Stories

When Jan Jannusch noticed that her 13-year-old cat, BJ, was having trouble breathing, she took him to see a veterinarian. The cause of BJ’s problem turned out to be “idiopathic chylothorax,” a disease so rare that many veterinarians won’t encounter a single case of it in their entire career. That’s why BJ’s doctor recommended seeing...

Carrie Chandler-Harrison

Get to Know Carrie Chandler-Harrison

Dec 16, 2016 / Get to Know

Carrie Chandler-Harrison, a certified veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner, has worked at the College of Veterinary Medicine for a little over five years. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: One of the rehabilitation specialists in the rehabilitation department.  Have you held other titles or responsibilities at the college?...

canine influenza

Update for Veterinarians on Canine Influenza

Dec 15, 2016 / General News

Common questions referring veterinarians have asked University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital experts Approximately 10 percent of our nation’s population—32 million people—will be infected with a strain of Influenza A or B in the coming months. As human healthcare providers brace for impact, veterinarians are unsure what to expect this winter with respect to the...

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Veterinary Service Group Warms Hearts of Students, Community

Dec 14, 2016 / General News

Happiness is a warm puppy, according to the Peanuts comic strip, and the faces of the Clark-Lindsey residents enjoying pet visitation night confirm this truth. The pets and their owners who make pet visitations possible also seem happy to engage in an evening of furry fellowship. It’s just one of the many ways that veterinary...

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Illinois Zoo Pathology Graduate Looks into Mysterious Turtle Fungus

Dec 13, 2016 / General News

An emerging threat to freshwater turtles has become the focus of study for Dr. Daniel Woodburn. Dr. Woodburn was recently awarded a Morris Animal Foundation research fellowship to continue studies begun during his master’s project in the Zoological Pathology Program at Illinois. The first case of this previously unknown fungus, which appears on the shells...

dog neurology

Neurology through a First-Year’s Eyes

Dec 12, 2016 / Student Blogs

With it being my favorite rotation, I felt I had to talk about neurology. I was able to get a glimpse into the life of a veterinary neurologist’s 12-plus-hour days, complex cases, and spinal surgeries. These doctors complete four years of veterinary school and then do another four years or more to be board-certified in...

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Paper: Enzyme That Digests Vitamin A Also May Regulate Testosterone Levels

Dec 7, 2016 / Pathobiology

John Erdman Jr., Eric Bolton, and Matthew Wallig An enzyme that converts the dietary carotenoid beta carotene into vitamin A in the body may also regulate testosterone levels and growth of the prostate, a new study found. Scientists at the University of Illinois explored the impact of the enzyme Bco1 on testosterone levels and testosterone-sensitive...

cat

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Senior Pets Similar to Alzheimer’s

Dec 5, 2016 / Behavior

This is Part 2 of Behavior Changes in Senior Pets. (Read Part 1: Is Your Pet Just ‘Getting Old’?) In Part 1, we reviewed how physical illness can be mistaken for a dog or cat simply “getting old.” Now, what if you take your dog or cat for an evaluation and everything checks out fine but your...

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New Approach to Tackling Parasitic Disease Attracts Funding

Nov 29, 2016 / General News

As a young veterinarian in Zambia, Dr. William Witola wanted to know why the baby cows he saw were dying from a parasite resisting all treatment. Decades later, the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine researcher is designing small molecules to silence that same parasite’s gene expression, find potential drug targets and help end a disease...

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College Honors Employees’ Years of Service

Nov 21, 2016 / General News

On November 21, at the annual Thanksgiving celebration for College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff, and graduate students, Dean Peter Constable recognized five staff members marking service milestones in 2016. They are: Misty Oakley, 35 years of service Nikki Clarkson, 15 years of service Kristina Engelking, 15 years of service Jennifer Dittmar, 10 years of...