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[Student volunteers prepare feral cats for sterilization surgery]

College Receives Grant to Spay/Neuter 500 Feral Cats

Sep 6, 2018 / General News

“Faculty, veterinary interns, veterinary technicians, and students from the College of Veterinary Medicine will be volunteering their time for this,” says Dr. Loukia Agapis, who leads the shelter medicine program. “The grant will cover the costs for the supplies to perform the surgeries, vaccinations, and other procedures.” To deliver this large volume of services in...

[Eastern massauga - photo by Michael Dreslik]

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...

Equine Practice Offers Continuum of Care through Illinois Veterinary College

May 30, 2018 / General News

Monfort Practice Becomes ‘Midwest Equine’ Dr. Tom Monfort, a legend in Illinois equine veterinary practice, has announced his retirement this summer. The practice he has owned for decades at 20844 Cumberland Road, six miles southwest of Farmer City, Ill., will continue to serve horse owners under a new name, Midwest Equine. Midwest Equine will continue...

[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...

[13 fianlists in the Researach Live! 2017 competition]

Graduate Students Shine at Campus Competition

Nov 9, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Vet Med Steals the Show The College of Veterinary Medicine continued its excellent showing at the Research Live! competition sponsored by the University of Illinois Graduate College. The competition, now in its third year, has featured veterinary medicine graduate students every year. During the first year, Robin Holland, who is in the college’s combined DVM-PhD...

[Dr. Anne Barger and Dean Peter Constable with their recent textbooks]

Illinois Has Impact Through Authoritative Texts

Oct 17, 2017 / General News

They Wrote the Book on It Since its founding, the College of Veterinary Medicine has been the academic home of faculty recognized for compiling the definitive body of knowledge in their fields. Extending this long line of experts, Dr. Anne Barger and Dean Peter Constable have both recently published textbooks. “Substantial changes were made for...