Road Race for Animals!

Omega Tau Sigma, the professional veterinary student fraternity, is proud to host the 24th annual 5K Road Race for Animals. The run/walk serves to promote the health of our community and to celebrate the human-animal bond. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Medical Clinic, a non-profit veterinary student run clinic that accepts ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife. This year, we are also benefiting the Midwest Animal Rescue Service of Illinois, a no-kill shelter that rescues animals from hazardous situations including neglect, puppy mills, and natural disasters. Currently MARS is helping animals affected by hurricane Harvey.
This charity race is open to the public and welcomes runners and their canine exercise companions. Register here!
This charity race is open to the public and welcomes runners and their canine exercise companions. Register here!  See the Facebook Event Page here.

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New Golf Cart!

New cage setup for a Turkey Vulture

Dr. Reich, foreground L, investigates a Turkey Vulture’s external fixator. Kara, background, unpacks and organizes supplies during the move.

If you’ve been keeping up with our social media this summer, you’ve noticed that we’ve relocated to a new (temporary) location! While this new space is much larger, and it’s already feeling like home, it is also further away from our intake area.

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10 Days of Odin

If you haven’t already heard, it’s Odin’s twentieth “clinic birthday”! Help him help our patients by donating for his 20th Birthday Bash at our online fundraising site.

On August 15, 1997, an emaciated juvenile red-tailed hawk made its way to the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Emergency fluid administration via an intraosseous catheter saved his life, and he came to be called “Odin”. With careful attention and diligent husbandry, Odin spent the following months healing and gaining weight and muscle.

However, as with any procedure, the catheterization that saved his life had its risks. An intra-osseous catheter is placed at the joint and goes into the bone marrow – in our most critical patients, this method is the fastest and most efficient method for pumping life-saving fluids into the body. However, if infected, joint problems are permanent and potentially fatal. In Odin’s case, his joint infection was caught early and was treated promptly, but resulted in lasting arthritis in the wing joint that permanently inhibited natural mobility. As hawks, like most bird species, require full range-of-motion in their wings for proper flight and, especially, swift hunting, Odin would never survive in the wild.

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