Day of Service 2018: Make Your Own Pet Toys

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day this year, the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs hosted a Day of Service.

Registrants signed up for a variety of service projects taking place the afternoon of January 15 at the Illini Union. Members of the Wildlife Medical Clinic were asked to help run the “Animal Toys” project. Naturally, several Residents made appearances with our WMC Wildlife Ambassadors. Continue reading

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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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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