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[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...

[Dr. Sara Connolly]

Sara Connolly Named Assistant Dean for Student Success

Mar 31, 2020 / General News

Making Connections for Student Success March 23 was the first day on the job for Dr. Sara Connolly in the newly created position of assistant dean for student success. Although she’s currently forced to work in isolation imposed by the “work from home” mandate, Dr. Connolly sees her new role as one that facilitates connections:...

[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...

[scene from food animal disease outbreak training]

Grant to Help Illinois Prepare for Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak

Mar 6, 2020 / General News

$430K Grant Funds Four-Pronged Training As infectious disease threats arise on new fronts seemingly every day, experts at the University of Illinois are launching programs to train stakeholders in Illinois animal agriculture to respond quickly and efficiently in the event that a foreign animal disease (FAD) breaks in the state. Preparation and coordination are vital...

[students and pigs]

Swine-Focused Students Stand Out

Feb 10, 2020 / General News

Research, Swine Meetings Key to Success When it comes to pork production, Illinois may lag behind a few other states—Iowa, North Carolina, and Minnesota, to be exact. But when it comes to preparing veterinary students to enter the swine industry, the University of Illinois is hard to beat. One indicator of our success is 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...

[cow with calf]

2nd EVP Opens Enrollment for Cow-Calf Practitioners

Jan 24, 2020 / Alumni News

EVP Beef Starts in July 2020 The University of Illinois, in collaboration with Iowa State University, is accepting registrations for the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) in Beef Cattle Health Management. The early registration deadline is April 5 for the course that starts in July 2020 and concludes in September 2021. For nearly 30 years, EVP...

[Dr. Borje Gustafsson and Dr. Howard Whitmore]

In Memoriam: Dr. Borje Gustafsson, Leader in Academia and Theriogenology

Jan 6, 2020 / Alumni News

He Promoted International Collaborations We are saddened to share the news of the death last night of Dr. Borje K. Gustafsson, a former department head at our college and an international leader in veterinary education and theriogenology. He was 89 years old. We will share details regarding services when they are made known to us....

[K.T. Wright, Joe Connor, Peter Constable]

Swine Medicine ‘Giant’ Honored by College, Peers

Dec 9, 2019 / Alumni News

EVP room named for K.T. Wright On December 5, Dr. Kenneth “K.T.” Wright thought he was attending an event at which his long-time business partner and friend Dr. Joe Connor would receive an award from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Instead, he himself was the surprise guest of honor at a celebration...