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Department Head Educates Thousands Through TED Ed Video

Oct 12, 2014 / Comparative Biosciences News

Dr. Duncan Ferguson, head of comparative biosciences, and Dr. Margarethe Hoenig, veterinary clinical medicine, recently worked with a TED Ed team to create an educational video entitled “What did dogs teach humans about diabetes?” TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. The description of the video...

[Drs. Mellencamp, Fan, and Constable]

Veterinary College Honors Staff with 2014 Excellence Awards

Sep 26, 2014 / General News

Faculty, staff, and graduate students of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary school in Illinois, were honored for service excellence in a ceremony held September 23. Twelve people received excellence awards in various categories. The winners and awards were: Sandy Grable, veterinary technician in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, received the...

Annual ‘Howl’ Drive-In Movie Fundraiser Helps Wildlife Clinic

Sep 13, 2014 / General News

Looking for wholesome fun at the drive-in for kids, dogs and the whole family? Then join the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic on Saturday, October 4, at the Harvest Moon Drive-in Theater, located at 1123 S. Sangamon Avenue, Gibson City, for a special screening of Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Kids are encouraged to...

[award winners with dean and alumni president]

Six Garner 2014 Veterinary Alumni and Special Service Awards

Sep 10, 2014 / Alumni News

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association recently announced the recipients to be honored at their annual awards program. Four Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards and a Special Service Award will be presented in Champaign, Ill., on September 11 during the college’s annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians. The 2014...

Faculty Spotlight: Kenneth Welle, DVM, ABVP (Avian)

Sep 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Kenneth Welle, who for many years had lectured and supervised students while a local practitioner, joined the clinical faculty full time in 2011. What is your favorite thing about being an exotic animal veterinarian? The existing literature and knowledge base in exotic animal practice is so much smaller than in dogs and cats, and...

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Non-Obstructive Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders of Rabbits

Sep 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Julia Whittington, DVM Because of the unique anatomical and physiological characteristics of rabbits’ digestive process, a high-fiber diet is essential for their normal motility and GI health. It’s important for owners to provide grass hay ad libitum and to watch for signs of GI disorders (decreased appetite, diarrhea, decreased stool production, lethargy, abnormal stance, and...

[three white domestic rabbits in a pen under six UV lights]

Shining Some (UV) Light on Rabbit Husbandry

Sep 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Mark A. Mitchell DVM, MS, PhD, DECZM (Herpetology)  Rabbits are popular pets, with 3.2 million in U.S. households, according to a 2012 AVMA survey. Veterinarians should be prepared to help educate their clients about best practices for rabbit husbandry. Rabbits’ lighting needs have not been explored in depth. Rabbits evolved to be crepuscular (active...

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...