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Mitek, Ashley Elaine

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia
Teaching Assistant Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Companion Animal Extension Veterinarian, Office of Public Engagement

Address and Contact Information

University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, iLearning Center
Urbana, IL  61802


BS, Cornell University, 2007

DVM, University of Illinois, 2011

MS, Veterinary Clinical Medicine (Anesthesia), 2018

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia, 2019

Internship, Small Animal Emergency Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 2012-2013

Residency, Anesthesiology & Pain Management, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 2013-2016

Current Projects

Enhancing the Medical Care of Law Enforcement K9s

  • Development of protocols to enhance the medical care of K9s
  • Training of K9 Handlers in emergenct care of K9s in the field
  • Opioid Overdose training and protocol development for K9s and Handlers

K9 Officer Down: Medical Training for Law Enforcement K9 Handlers

Big Ten Network Segment

PBS Segment

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Development of National Protocols for the Treatment & Transport of Working K9s


National Educational Campaign for Opioid Overdose in Working K9s

Training Videos Used by Law Enforcement Agencies Across the USA

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Creation of the K9 Officer Down Fund

  • Making elite veterinary care accessible to all working dogs

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Online Learning in Veterinary Medical Education

Safe Opioid Prescribing in Veterinary Medical Education

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Development & Implementation of an Online Diagnostic Imaging Course for Veterinary Students

Development & Implementatino of an Online Safe Handling Course for Veterinary Students


Research Interests

  • Online education
    • Development and integration into veterinary curricula 
  • Care of Law Enforcement K9s
    • Handler K9 medical training
    • Opioid overdose training
  • The role of veterinary education in combating the Opioid Epidemic

Honors and Awards

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, 2017

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, 2016

Courses Taught

VM 601 Clinical Practice I: Small Animal Physical Examination, Imaging & Anatomy Rotation (1st Year Veterinary Students)

  • The greatest tool a veterinarian can develop is their physical examination skills. First year veterinary students explore the components of a thorough physical examination, and hone their techniques in our world-renowned Clinical Skills Learning Center. Students are also challenged to evaluate cutting edge technology and apply novel scientific literature to their clinical practice. Environmental design, low stress handling and other progressive ways to facilitate physical examination are discussed.

VM 601 Clinical Practice I: An Introduction to Anesthesia Equipment & Clinical Techniques (1st Year Veterinary Students)

  • Employing case-based and team-based learning, veterinary students use critical thinking skills to grow their understanding of basic anesthesia equipment
  • By the end of the course, students will demonstrate how to safely use a basic anesthesia machine, and ACVAA recommended monitoring equipment.
  • Virtual Anesthesia Machine (co-created with the Design Group @ Vet Med):

VCM 524 The Effective Biomedical Teacher (Veterinary Graduate Students/Residents)

  • What does it take to be an effective teacher in a biomedical curriculum? It's easy to teach, but are your students actually learning? The world of medical education is changing and this course explores the aspects of cutting-edge teaching including principles of active learning, the creation of learning objectives, online learning, Bloom's taxonomy, and case-based learning. Guest speakers from many different units within the University of Illinois participate in this course to give students a holistic view of progressive teaching on our campus.   

VM 606 Clinical Practice II: Clinical Anesthesia Techniques & Equipment Review (2nd Year Veterinary Students)

  • This course builds on VM 601, and prepares students for anesthetizing their first small animal patient


  • VM 606 Colloquium: Ethical Pain Management Considerations (2nd year veterinary students)
  • VCM 673 Companion Animal Rehabilitation Therapy: Pain Management for the Rehab Patient (3rd year veterinary students)
  • VCM 555: Mechanisms of Analgesia (Veterinary Graduate Students/Residents)

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