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[Nana the Chihuahua from Thailand cavorts in Illini garb]

Dog from Thailand Gets Heart Repair at University of Illinois

Sep 6, 2017 / General News

    More Patients, Students Will Benefit from Ongoing Exchange Nana is a very lucky three-year-old Chihuahua. This dog from Thailand had a congenital heart defect called a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), which typically leads to heart failure within the first year of life, so she is lucky to have lived to age three. She’s...

[bats spread rabies]

Rabies FAQs for Pet Owners

Sep 5, 2017 / General News

Rabies is deadly for pets and people. Vaccinate! Is rabies still a concern in the United States? Yes! Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that they receive over 5,000 confirmed cases of rabies in animals. More than 90 percent of these are from wildlife. Skunks, bats, and raccoons are the...

horse exam

Who Are All of These People Working on My Horse?

Sep 5, 2017 / Student Blogs

As a second-year veterinary student walking through the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Illinois, I often will see a horse being examined, and what seems to be dozens of people all watching intently. I used to wonder exactly who are all these people, and what role do they all play? As I’ve spent...

Student take a photo in front of a waterfall in Brazil.

Immersive Education in Brazil

Sep 5, 2017 / Student Blogs

From the moment I set foot in Brazil, I knew I was in for an adventure. Just the flight into the country proved how beautiful the locations would be. We even had our hosts waiting for us with University of Illinois signs in the airport! My Brazilian adventure was slightly different from that of the...

African elephant

The African Adventure Every Veterinary Student Hopes For

Sep 5, 2017 / Student Blogs

Visiting Africa to work with wildlife has been a lifelong dream, and certainly one that I never thought I would accomplish. This summer, I was finally able to realize that dream by spending three weeks in Hoedspruit, South Africa, with the Selati Wildlife Experience program, and it surpassed all of my expectations. I began my...

Attend Vet Med Open House on October 1

Sep 1, 2017 / Alumni News

On Sunday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., more than 350 veterinary students will host a behind-the-scenes look at the state’s only veterinary college. From prospective veterinarians to passionate animal lovers, everyone will find their interest piqued at the University of Illinois veterinary college Open House. The event offers more than 40 fun...

Odin hawk

Get to Know Odin

Aug 30, 2017 / Get to Know

Odin, a red-tailed hawk at the Wildlife Medical Clinic, has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine for 20 years. Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: Public relations ambassador. What is your favorite part of your job? Getting treats from the veterinary students. Complete this sentence: My most memorable day...

Student Reports on Two-Week Program in South Africa

Aug 19, 2017 / Student Blogs

Program geared toward pre-veterinary students As my first international experience, this program really offers its members an inexpensive way to see South Africa. The house was a 10-minute walk from the beach, and the program offers transportation to all weekend activities hosted by the local businesses and game reserves (Inkwenkwezi and Areena), as well as...

[Peter D. Constable and a calf]

Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calves

Aug 18, 2017 / Research News

Findings have implications for human patients Clinical signs such as gastrointestinal problems or septic arthritis may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, a new study suggests. The research also may finally resolve a century-old debate among scientists about the blood pH levels needed...

[Student Rachel Hallman gets a kiss from a dolphin]

MARVET Trip Fulfills Student’s Dream of Dolphin Interactions

Aug 18, 2017 / Student Blogs

‘I had to sneak in a picture kissing the dolphin!’ Ever since I was a young girl, I have been infatuated with dolphins. This summer, I was fortunate enough to go on a two-week trip called MARVET in Mexico, where a 20-year-long dream of working with dolphins was fulfilled. During this trip, there were lessons...