Patient Stories

Drs. Ana Nobrega, Heather McCrary, and Sandra Yucupicio with foal, Buddy.

Drs. Ana Nobrega, Heather McCrary, and Sandra Yucupicio pose with foal, Buddy, while taking a walk through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. By Mel Fletcher, CVT Buddy had a lot stacked against him. He was born…
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Khan, a Belgian Malinois, sitting in the grass

The Amazing Khan: His Legacy Fights On

April 25, 2023 / Giving Stories

A Dog That Loved Life The dog that made such a big impact on Jack and Sue came into their lives on August 13, 2016. A foster dog from the American Belgian Malinois Rescue, he…
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Brix poses on a bed after her sight was restored

Grateful for Restored Sight

March 28, 2023 / Giving Stories

Recently, our hospital’s ophthalmology service received a donation from the grateful family of Brix, a patient that received cataract surgery. Below are comments made by Brix’s family and by Dr. Todd Marlo, the boarded veterinary…
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Dr. Martindale and Dr. Chen pose with Birdie, a brown and black midsize dog, in the hospital

Birdie Beats the Odds

February 08, 2023 / Patient Stories

This is the story of a young, female pit bull terrier that was discovered on the streets of Chicago with swelling and multiple wounds. Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated breed rescue group, Birdie…
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[Max and owner; Dezzi, cancer survivors]

Canine Melanoma: The Max and Dezzi Success Stories

August 06, 2022 / Patient Stories

By Susan McKenna ‘Miracle’ Max The first sign that something was wrong with Max, a large, furry, mixed-breed black-and-brown rescue dog, was in early 2020 when his owner, Daniel Martin, was putting up a fence…
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[sophie looking beautiful in long green grass]

Sophie: The Story of An Exceptional Life

February 11, 2020 / Giving Stories

Gift to Hospital Honors Dog Animal owners are often moved to make a generous gift in gratitude for the lifesaving care delivered at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The gift Karen Gupta…
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Twin cats, Lucy and Violet, lay together.

Cat Fights Autoimmune Disease

July 29, 2019 / Patient Stories

Lucy arrived at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital severely anemic with a red-blood-cell count barely compatible with life. WIth a strong family behind her, a caring doctor before her, and the suuport of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hopsital staff Lucy continues to push through to recovery.