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Health Dangers of Microplastics

Aug 14, 2019 / In the News

Consumer Reports (Aug. 13) – Because research into microplastics is so new, there’s not yet enough data to say exactly how they’re affecting human health, says Jodi Flaws, Ph.D., a professor of comparative biosciences and associate director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program at the University of Illinois. Flaws says the particles can accumulate PCBs,...

Algal Bloom on Waterway Harmful to Pets, People

Aug 14, 2019 / In the News

Peoria Journal-Star (Aug. 13) – “These organisms are microscopic. They are not like normal algae … and they are very, very potent,” said Dr. Michael Biehl, clinical professor of toxicology at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. “If dogs get exposed to very much it is usually fatal.” https://www.pjstar.com/news/20190813/dog-killing-algae-can-bloom-in-illinois Also in: * Fox...

Veterinary Pathologist Comments on Stingray Deaths

Aug 14, 2019 / In the News

Chicago Tribune (Aug. 9) – Karen Terio, chief of the University of Illinois program, said her lab tested the samples and “there was no evidence of anything infectious, contagious or inflammatory.” https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-shedd-stingray-deaths-20190809-k6wda5kifffqpmk3hvztk7pm2q-story.html

Avoid Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Aug 14, 2019 / In the News

ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Aug. 9) – Dr. Rebecca Smith, veterinarian and epidemiologist who oversees the I-TICK study, shares details on the disease-carrying ticks that could affect pets and people in Illinois. https://www.wcia.com/ciliving/what-to-know-about-ticks-when-it-comes-to-your-pets/ What to know about ticks when it comes to your pets

New Shell-Eating Fungus Identified in Turtles

Aug 5, 2019 / In the News

The Wildlife Society (Aug. 1) – “By causing damage to the shell, it essentially could be a portal by which bacteria could enter and make an animal sick,” said Karen Terio, a clinical professor and chief of the Zoological Pathology Program at the University of Illinois and co-author of a study published recently in the...

Pet Fish Sees the Vet

Aug 5, 2019 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 4) – A veterinary visit for a fish follows many of the same steps as for a dog, horse or other mammal. “Prior to a physical examination, a full husbandry review is performed,” Dr. Krista Keller said, “where we ask questions about the fish’s environment, food sources and water quality.” https://www.news-gazette.com/living/pet-talk-even-fish-need-to-see-the-vet/article_e9972990-d226-5d83-bff8-e2a0bcbd4304.html

New on Campus: Ruby, the Wildlife Medical Clinic Ambassador

Jul 29, 2019 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 29) – The newest “wildlife ambassador” at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Medical Clinic is RUBY, the red-tailed hawk. Found in Shelbyville walking up to people and asking for food (her story remains a mystery), she was deemed too friendly to return to the wild. She’ll take part in educational visits to...

Wildlife Clinic Cares for Injured Snapping Turtle

Jul 22, 2019 / In the News

WAND-TV (July 22) – Clinical volunteers say that because these species are rare, it’s often difficult to determine what the best medicines are for each animal. “There’s very little research done on these species. A lot of it has to do with that they’re uncommon species and there’s not a lot of money going into...

Freshwater Turtle Fungus Studied

Jul 19, 2019 / In the News

Veterinary Practice News (July 17) – “Classifying the fungus is an important first step, and it allows us to answer some pretty big questions, like how it spreads and what role it plays in the disease,” says Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, chief of the university’s zoological pathology program. “The better we understand this...

Snake Fungal Disease in Wisconsin

Jul 19, 2019 / In the News

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (July 18) – Dr. Matt Allender, a veterinarian, epidemiologist and director of the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab within the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, is helping the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources monitor snake fungal disease. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2019/07/18/wisconsin-dnr-looking-infected-snakes-and-wants-your-help/1683264001/