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[Steve Juriga]

Veterinarians Collaborate on Website for K9 Handlers

Dec 5, 2018 / Alumni News

Alumnus Contributes Dental Health Information The opioid epidemic isn’t only impacting humans but is now killing working dogs, vulnerable to ultra-potent opioids entering the illegal drug trade. Drs. Maureen McMichael, professor of ...

[Reilee Juhl and Sarah Wright]

Networking Leads to Clownfish Research Project

Dec 2, 2018 / Research News

I Plan to Present and Publish My Data Last fall at the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Gregory Lewbart of North Carolina State University, who offered to provide support for a ...

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Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Nov 27, 2018 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Eastern Box Turtle The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic—a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals—will feature a different patient each week ...

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