Virtual Open House Challenges Stereotypes

Sep 29, 2020 / In the News

Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon, Ill.; Sept. 29) – “We’re super excited about the chance to reach even more people this year by hosting our information about animals on the internet,” said Julie Klein, a third-year Illinois veterinary student on the open house leadership committee.

COVID Models Did Not Anticipate Students Breaking Quarantine

Sep 28, 2020 / In the News

MarketWatch (Sept. 25) – The scientists anticipated an initial spike in positive cases after students returned to campus, said Rebecca Lee Smith, an associate professor of pathobiology at U of I who is part of the team that developed the school’s testing and other protocols. Though the school’s scientists had built into their model the...

Can COVID Spread Between Pets and People?

Sep 25, 2020 / In the News

Paw Report (WEIU-TV; Sept. 21) – Dr. Will Sander discusses the importance of addressing the intersections of the health of people, animals, and the environment, and more specifically updates listeners on the risks of spreading coronavirus from animals to people and people to our pets.

Veterinary Contributions to Illinois COVID Testing

Sep 23, 2020 / In the News

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Sept. 23) – The I-COVID test was a universitywide effort, but the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory played a major role in making the approval happen. Dr. Tim Fan, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the veterinary college, said veterinarians...

College Reproduction Experts Aid Rare Donkey Breed

Sep 22, 2020 / In the News

WAND-TV (Sept. 21) – Dr. Giogia Podico has been working with five Poitou donkeys owned by Bari Fisher, a woman from northern Vermont. Fisher wants to help conserve this rare breed, so she brought them donkeys to Illinois veterinary experts to breed them. Dr. Podico, a veterinarian specializing in fertilization, said these donkeys have one...

Great Ape Heart Project Recognized with AZA Award

Sep 20, 2020 / In the News

Albany (Ga.) Herald (Sept. 19) – The Great Ape Heart Project, based at Zoo Atlanta, received the prestigious 2020 Research Award with Top Honors from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Over the past 10 years, the project has produced and continues to populate a central ape-health database that includes more than 90% of...

Massive COVID Testing at University of Illinois

Sep 11, 2020 / In the News

ABC News (Sept. 10) – “The truth is we cannot test our way out of the pandemic,” Dr. Rebecca Smith, an epidemiologist at UIUC who designed its testing and exposure notification strategy, told ABC News. “That’s never going to be enough.”

Campus Sees Uptick in COVID Infections

Sep 11, 2020 / In the News

New York Times (Sept. 10) – The positivity rate for the tests is currently about 1 percent. “It’s higher than we would like, but it’s coming down,” said Rebecca Lee Smith, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois. “I am hopeful. Everything is going in the right direction.”

Annual Open House Going Virtual

Sep 5, 2020 / In the News

ciLiving (WCIA-TV; Sept. 3) – Veterinary student and Open House leader Dria Talley and her dog Dudu shared the news about virtual Open House, which will feature exhibits online, with videos and other fun, informational and interactive content. University of Illinois Vet Med open house to go virtual