Dr. Caroline Tonozzi, right, performs point-of-care ultrasound on a dog.

‘Point of Care’ Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care

Dec 22, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Above: Dr. Caroline Tonozzi, right, performs point-of-care ultrasound on a dog. In the emergency and critical care service at the Vet­erinary Teaching Hospital, we work hard to train our students and house officers to triage and treat critically ill patients effec­tively. A triage exam involves collecting patient information that could sig­nificantly influence decisions about emergency...

Pharmacist’s Corner: OTC Toxicities

Dec 22, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

There are currently more than 100,000 cases per year of pet poisoning in the United States. Human over-the-counter (OTC) medications are the most common cause, ac­cording to the ASPCA. Proper counseling and client education can be extremely beneficial in avoiding these toxicities. With OTC medications, brand names do not necessarily indicate active ingredients, which can...

Clinical Trial for Pain Control in TPLO Surgery

Dec 22, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tisha Harper and surgery resident Dr. Kyle Chu are seeking dogs for a clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of epidural injection to that of peri-articular infiltration of a long-acting local anesthetic (liposomal bupivacaine) for pain control in dogs undergoing tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) surgery. Inclusion criteria for this prospective, randomized,...

Faculty Spotlight: Meghan Fick, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Dec 22, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I was born and raised in Iowa and attended Iowa State University for my bachelor’s and DVM degrees. I stayed around for a year and completed a master’s degree in veterinary anatomy in 2014. The following year, I completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and...

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Earn C.E. at Fall Conference through December 31

Nov 24, 2020 / General News

Stay Connected, Earn CE Credit “Still, we wanted to uphold our traditions of community and access to our own talented faculty. I’m especially eager to see recent Illinois graduates stay connected to the college by coming to virtual Fall Conference.” Yes, we will miss seeing your faces, but you won’t miss out on practice-relevant information...

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Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Nov 17, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

The soft tissue surgery team at the Veterinary Teaching Hos­pital is excited to introduce our new minimally invasive surgery service. After training in Canada with a fellow of the Veterinary Endoscopy Society in advanced laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgeries, I joined the Illinois faculty last fall and will head the minimally invasive surgery service. With the...

Funded Clinical Trial: Novel Probiotic Therapy for Canine Chronic Enteropathy

Nov 17, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Idiopathic chronic enteropathies, includ­ing inflammatory bowel diseases, are common in dogs. Current therapies, in­cluding dietary modification, antibiotics, and glucocorticoids may be ineffective or may bring about adverse side effects. Therapies that modify the gastroin­testinal microbiome offer a promising alternative to existing treatments. Probi­otics contain living microorganisms that confer health benefits or treat disease in the...

Pharmacist’s Corner: Food Animal Prescriptions

Nov 16, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

The first and most important thing that the veterinarian has to consider is what consti­tutes a food animal. Technically speaking, this is any animal that is being used for food production or consumption. However, intended use is determined by the consumer, so any animal can be a food animal. Harmful drug residues may not appear...

Faculty Spotlight: Jordan Kirkpatrick, DVM, DACVS (Large Animal)

Nov 16, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I grew up in South Carolina. I rode horses and competed in local, state, and regional horse shows. I also played soccer and basketball. I went to the University of Georgia for undergraduate and veterinary school (GO DAWGS!!). After graduating from veterinary school, I completed an internship at Chino Valley...

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COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices

Nov 10, 2020 / COVID-19

Best Practices for Vet Practices This list of recommendations was compiled in March by Dr. Ashley Mitek from information provided by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Jim Lowe of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine; it was last updated by...