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[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...

[Rep. Kurt Schrader standing in front of a barn]

Schrader’s Veterinary Background Informs U.S. House Role

Jun 15, 2014 / Alumni Profiles

“Veterinary practice was great training for Congress,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) in a recent interview. “Animals don’t talk, so you have to learn body language. ” A year after earning his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 1977, Dr. Schrader opened the Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic in Oregon. In addition to owning...

A Minute with … Jodi Flaws on bisphenol A

Jun 12, 2014 / Comparative Biosciences News

Researchers have conducted hundreds of studies of the potential health effects of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound found in some plastic food containers, cash-register receipts and resin coatings in food-storage cans. Because it is a hormone mimic, a key concern is that exposure to BPA disrupts normal reproductive function. University of Illinois...