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May 1 Symposium Examines Health Impacts of Algal Blooms

Mar 9, 2015 / General News

Register today for a mini-symposium that will address contemporary issues related to harmful cyanobacterial algal blooms and their impacts on human, animal, and environmental health. The symposium will begin with four speakers, followed by a panel discussion featuring additional experts in the field, and concluding with a roundtable discussion focused on identifying research directions as...

[Therese Eggett and Lucienne Burrus]

Diagnostic Lab Staff Wins $4K Recycling Grant

Feb 27, 2015 / General News

“In a typical week our unit disposes of 12 pounds of clean plastics,” noted Lucienne Burrus, a research technician in the Molecular Section of the college’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, in a proposal she and her colleague Therese Eggett submitted to the campus Student Sustainability Committee. But this year, with the $4,040 Sustain Award their proposal...

[Hergenrother and Fan]

Cancer Drug First Tested in Pet Dogs Begins Human Trials

Feb 26, 2015 / Research News

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma. “The compound was discovered and is...

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Shelter Medicine Gains Mobile Surgical Unit

Feb 6, 2015 / General News

In January 2015, the college’s shelter medicine program hit the road in style with a new mobile surgical unit funded through a grant from PetSmart Charities. The $323,000 grant, received on October 23, 2013, also covers expenses for supplies and funds an intern veterinarian and a veterinary technician. In the first year with this funding,...

[Adam Ahlers and Mark Mitchell]

Muskrats and Minks Harbor Toxoplasmosis, a Cat Disease

Jan 29, 2015 / Research News

A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways. Researchers found antibodies for Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, in 18 of 30 muskrats and 20 of 26 minks tested for the disease in central...

[Multidisciplinary team studies endometriosis]

New Drug Compounds Show Promise against Endometriosis

Jan 21, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Two new drug compounds – one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis – appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine. The researchers hope to eventually use the new compounds and others like...

[Dr. Joseph Dorner ]

Professor Emeritus Joseph Dorner Dies

Jan 16, 2015 / Alumni News

Dr. Joseph L. Dorner, a faculty member and administrator at the college for more than 25 years, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958, Dr. Dorner obtained four degrees from the University of Illinois: a BS in 1962, a DVM in 1964, a MS in 1965, and...

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Putting the ‘Moo’ in MOOC: Thousands to Learn from Online Course

Jan 14, 2015 / General News

Problem-solving skills needed in sustainable food production take center stage in a massive, open online course (MOOC) offered by two faculty members in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Drs. Brian Aldridge and Jim Lowe, starting January 26. The six-week course covers questions such as “How does livestock disease impact the affordability and sustainability of food...

Study Abroad in Tanzania

Jan 12, 2015 / Student Blogs

This program would not have been possible without the collaboration with Professor Amandus Muhairwa at the Sokoine Agricultural University Department of Veterinary Medicine in Morogoro, who was instrumental in the day-to-day organization. We thank Anthony Mhando and Dr. Nickson Ng’umbi and the local veterinary officers for their daily assistance. We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of...

Nine Students Study in Nicaragua

Jan 12, 2015 / Student Blogs

Nine veterinary students describe a day in the life of a study abroad student. These students traveled to Nicaragua for their study abroad program Fatima Kazmi, Leon, Nicaragua, May 2014 Our first clinic day of the trip! There was a mix of emotions going through my mind while we drove to the clinic. I was excited...