Snake Fungal Disease Affects Skin Microbiome

Aug 15, 2018 / In the News

Health Medicine Network (Aug. 14) – Dr. Matt Allender, a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and other Illinois researchers determined that infection with snake fungal disease altered the bacterial and fungal diversity of the snakes studied.

Comfort for Grieving Pet Owners

Aug 12, 2018 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 15) – Grieving the death of a pet can leave people feeling overwhelmed and alone. The Companion Animal Related Emotions (CARE) Pet Loss Helpline ( was established to provide help coping with those emotions. Gail Wallis Hague, a counseling psychologist with close to 40 years of experience, works as the grief counselor at...

Flat-faced Cats and Airway Problems

Aug 10, 2018 / In the News

ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Aug. 10) – Dr. Heidi Phillips, small animal surgeon and associate professor, and Dr. Hadley Gleason, veterinarian completing a residency in small animal surgery, describe the breathing problems sometimes affecting flat-faced cats and dogs and a new study designed to help these cats.

Cats Speak with Their Tails

Aug 10, 2018 / In the News

Catster (Aug. 9) – “Since cats are such different animals from us, understanding how they communicate isn’t something that comes naturally to humans,” says Kelly C. Ballantyne, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.B., clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana-Champaign. “It is important that all cat owners take the time to learn...

Questions about Tularemia Answered

Aug 10, 2018 / In the News

News-Gazette (Aug. 9) – Cats are more likely to be out hunting out of the sight of their owners and coming into contact with sickly or dead wild animals, while dogs are more likely to pull baby rabbits out of healthy nests, according to DR. SARAH REICH, a veterinarian with the University of Illinois Wildlife...

Equine First Aid

Aug 9, 2018 / In the News

Ohio Ag Connection (Aug. 9) – Dr. Annette McCoy, an equine surgeon at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, offers information that will help you be prepared so you can stay calm and act quickly when dealing with wounds in horses.

Research into Western Pond Turtle Disease

Jul 31, 2018 / In the News

Mongabay (July 30) – Researchers at the University of Illinois’s Zoological Pathology Program are trying to understand what causes a mysterious shell disease of freshwater turtles and how it spreads. “We are now working to fully characterize the fungus and discover its role in the development of shell lesions,” said Daniel B. Woodburn, a pathologist...

Tularemia in Champaign County

Jul 30, 2018 / In the News

News-Gazette (July 28) – A dead rabbit found in Urbana tested positive for the bacterial disease tularemia at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine this month, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Also in: * WAND-TV News (Aug. 3)

Impact of Changes to Migratory Bird Legislation

Jul 24, 2018 / In the News

Effingham Daily News (July 24) – Dr. Sara Reich, veterinarian at the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, said the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been credited as the driving force for saving numerous species from extinction over the last 100 years.

Derivative of Omega 3 Fatty Acids May Inhibit Cancer

Jul 21, 2018 / In the News

NDTV (New Delhi, July 16) – In a study conducted in mice, researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine found that molecules called endocannabinoids, which are made naturally in the body when one consumes omega-3 fatty acids, may have anticancer effects. Also in: * WSIU-FM (Carbondale, Ill.; July 17) * American Veterinarian (July...