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COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices

Nov 10, 2020 / COVID-19

Best Practices for Vet Practices This list of recommendations was compiled in March of 2020 by Dr. Ashley Mitek from information provided by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Jim Lowe of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine; it was last...

College Services and Resources During COVID-19 Measures

Oct 26, 2020 / COVID-19

  This page provides handy links to information about information for animal owners, veterinarians, and the college community regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Last updated July 12. College/Campus Resources For animal owners: Coronavirus and Pets: FAQs for Owners; Zoonotic Disease and the Coronavirus (podcast); Coronavirus: Is It Safe to Leave the House? (podcast) For veterinarians: COVID-19:...

Veterinary Epidemiologist Urges ‘Fast, Frequent Testing’ for COVID-19

Aug 4, 2020 / COVID-19

Science (Aug. 3) – In an article calling for a “radical shift in testing strategy” to adequately contain the coronavirus pandemic, Rebecca Smith, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says, “we need fast, frequent testing,” which could mean faster versions of existing RNA tests or new kinds of tests aimed at detecting...

[malayan tiger]

Illinois Veterinary Experts Help ID Coronavirus in Bronx Zoo Tiger

Apr 5, 2020 / COVID-19

Infection Presumed Passed to Tiger from Person Even when there is no global pandemic, veterinarians are on the front lines in protecting human health, especially when it comes to zoonotic diseases, that is, infections that can cross between people and animals. The expertise of faculty at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine positioned...

Coronavirus Threatens Ag Community, Not Livestock Health

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

Brownfield Ag News (March 26) – Dr. Jim Lowe, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois, says while the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t pose a threat to animal health, it does create concerns for agriculture. “We’re not worried about a direct impact of infecting the critters we work with and live with...

Diagnostic Lab Helps Speed Local Coronavirus Tests

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

News-Gazette (March 28) – The Carle health system started Friday to process those tests locally, cutting the wait time for results from as long as 10 days to about 24 hours. … That’s with some help from the University of Illinois, which has lent Carle some lab equipment. Some volunteers from the UI veterinary diagnostic...

COVID-19 Impact on Agriculture: Webinar

Mar 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Farmdoc, University of Illinois Extension (March 24) – Dr. Jim Lowe, College of Veterinary Medicine, was a guest on a webinar for the agricultural community to share his perspectives on African Swine Fever and Coronavirus. The webinar can be watched online. Also covered in: * Bovine Veterinarian (March 27) * Illinois Agrinews (March...

[surgeons in OR with face masks]

COVID-19: Surgical Mask Shortages Impact Veterinarians

Mar 15, 2020 / COVID-19

FAQs for veterinary practitioners See also: FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies (link to Anesthesiology News) COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices (from University of Illinois)   My practice can no longer obtain surgical masks.  Are they necessary in the operating room (OR)? It is recommended that all personnel wear a surgical mask in the...

[Drs. Ashley Mitek and Jim Lowe]

Veterinary Infectious Disease Expert Weighs in on Coronavirus Threat

Mar 9, 2020 / COVID-19

Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to quickly mutate, infect widely and spread around the world. In a new podcast, a veterinarian and expert in zoonotic diseases offers insights into the special characteristics of the...

[Dr. Leyi Wang]

What Is the Coronavirus Spreading Across the Globe?

Jan 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Editor’s note: The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia and other symptoms, was first reported in Wuhan, China, where hundreds have been sickened and at least 18 have died. Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of veterinary medicine at...