February 2019

Dr. Coretta Patterson and Dr. Christina Tran

This message will appear in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Bulletin. Today 33 U.S. institutions grant veterinary degrees. That number will rise to 34 this fall, when the first-ever veterinary college in Puerto Rico opens….
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Compassion Crafts Alumna’s In-Home Hospice Career

February 28, 2019 / Alumni News

Dr. Heidi Pulito (DVM ’11) has spent more than six years working in small animal clinics, written a book to help struggling veterinarians, shared tools and techniques at veterinary conferences, and started her own company….
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Plasticizer Impacts Reproductive Health

February 25, 2019 / In the News

Daily Illini (Feb. 25) – Professor Jodi Flaws and Katie Chiang, doctoral student in comparative biosciences, co-authored a study, have found that feeding mice doses of phthalates, found in plastics, decreases fertility in female mice…
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Allergies in Dogs and Cats

February 25, 2019 / In the News

News-Gazette (Feb. 24) – Dr. Clarissa Souza, a veterinarian in the dermatology service at the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, says pets with allergies come to the hospital every single day. “Allergies are definitely…
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[chimps copyright: Jane Goodall Inst.; Bill Wallauer

Illinois Part of Gombe Chimp Project

February 22, 2019 / In the News

Mongabay (Feb. 22) – The Gombe Ecosystem Health Project was born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. … [Organizers] were soon joined by disease ecologist Thomas Gillespie (now a professor at Emory University) who brought his…
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Winter Adaptations in Wildlife

February 19, 2019 / In the News

ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Feb. 13) – Dr. Samantha Sander was the guest from the Wildlife Medical Clinic, talking about how different species adapt to winter. https://www.wcia.com/ciliving/critters-uncaged-winter-hibernation/1779935781?fbclid=IwAR2ui-cXwhOMUuBnCRxklF8vOKElNo3gHFfSnc67n0QGnKvG0StWpryDIMQ

[Zeeshan Fazal]

Postdoc Part of Study on Little Satellite with Big Benefits

February 15, 2019 / Comparative Biosciences News

Antibiotic Resistance in Space Dr. Zeeshan Fazal, a postdoctoral research associate currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Spinella, comparative biosciences, received a commendation for work he participated in while at Stanford University. The…
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Anesthesia for Big Cats

February 12, 2019 / In the News

News-Gazette (Feb. 10) – When it’s time for dental care for the residents of the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Ind., anesthesia is provided by Dr. Stephanie Keating, a board-certified anesthesiologist at the…
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[Illinois veterinary students at 2018 Job Fair]

Becoming an Employer of Choice

February 11, 2019 / Message from the Dean

This message will appear in the April 2019 issue of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Epitome. Attend the September 18 Job Fair Whether or not you are currently seeking a new associate, you would…
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[Dr. Leyi Wang with whole-genome sequencers]

Whole-Genome Sequencing Expands Diagnostic Options

February 10, 2019 / Research News

Virologist Leyi Wang joined the faculty of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the summer of 2017. Within 18 months, he had brought two whole-genome sequencers—the lab’s first—on board. The combination of Dr. Wang’s expertise and…
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