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Feline Face Shape: A Health and Wellness Study

Jun 12, 2019 / General News

Calling All Cat Owners! To thank owners for completing the survey, they will be given an opportunity to submit a photo of their cats to be featured on the website and social media channels of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. (Visit the Facebook photo album to see all the photos we’ve received!)...

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Peter Constable Named Distinguished Alumnus of Ohio State University

May 6, 2019 / General News

On Saturday, May 4, Dean Peter Constable received a Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine “for his extensive contributions to the improvement of veterinary education, animal health, and public awareness of veterinary medicine’s contribution to human health.” The recognition occurred during the college’s oath and hooding ceremony. In the...

[Student volunteers prepare feral cats for sterilization surgery]

College Receives Grant to Spay/Neuter 500 Feral Cats

Sep 6, 2018 / General News

On Saturday, September 8, the University of Illinois shelter medicine program will sterilize, vaccinate, and microchip over 100 feral cats from east central Illinois. The goal is to reduce the overpopulation of cats and improve the health of these unowned animals. The first in a series of “Community Cat Days,” this all-day marathon surgical session...

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Snake Fungal Disease Alters Skin Microbiome in Eastern Massasaugas

Aug 14, 2018 / Research News

Findings May Improve Conservation Efforts In the first study of its kind, researchers characterized the skin microbiome of a population of free-ranging snakes to begin to understand how the animals’ environmental microbial community may promote disease resistance as well as how it may be disrupted by infection. The study, which was recently published in Scientific...

[Drs. Aditi Das and Timothy Fan]

Possible Anti-Cancer Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Metabolism

Jul 15, 2018 / Comparative Biosciences News

Endocannabinoids May Inhibit Cancer A class of molecules formed when the body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids could inhibit cancer’s growth and spread, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study in mice. The molecules, called endocannabinoids, are made naturally by the body and have similar properties to cannabinoids found in marijuana – but without...

[Dr. Pamela Wilkins]

Dr. Pamela Wilkins Receives International Applied Research Award

May 29, 2018 / General News

Dr. Pamela Wilkins, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine since 2008, was honored at the 15th World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Congress, held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China in April 2018. She received the Boehringer-Ingelheim WEVA Applied Research Award. The award includes the opportunity to present an invited lecture....

{Dr. Krista Keller]

Dr. Krista Keller Wins Ross University’s Inaugural Rising Star Award

May 21, 2018 / General News

At the 2018 commencement ceremony at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), Dr. Krista Keller, assistant professor at the Illinois veterinary college, received the Ross school’s first-ever Rising Star Award. This award recognizes a recent alum who has experienced an accelerated career progression with a nationally recognized organization and exhibited excellence in their practice...

[Dennis French]

Dennis French Focuses on Service as Department Head

May 3, 2018 / General News

‘He’s done a fantastic job of recruiting’ When you ask Dr. Dennis French to explain his role as department head, he can do it in five words: “Helping good people become famous.” Having achieved the rank of full professor and served as president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, he now turns his career...

[Pretzel, a brain cancer patient treated with PAC-1)

PAC-1 Trial in Humans with Brain Cancer Extended

Nov 28, 2017 / General News

Dogs with brain tumors responded well to PAC-1 drug combo A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. This phase Ib trial will determine if the...