Faculty Spotlight: Scott Austin, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LAIM

Nov 8, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background.  I grew up on a small cattle ranch in southeastern Idaho and originally planned on being a mixed animal practitioner. I was always around horses as we used them to move cattle out onto open range, and we feed cattle in winter months using a sleigh and a team of...

Puppy running through the grass

Tips for Obtaining Diagnostic Radiographs in Small Animal Lameness

Nov 4, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

It is more challenging than one may initially think to obtain radiographs that provide a diagnosis when patients come in for lameness. On top of needing more information, clinicians also have to consider the radiation exposure that their staff will receive while performing these films. Therefore, it is crucial that images be taken well, with...

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Free Online Module Covers Use of Opioids in Veterinary Medicine

Oct 13, 2019 / General News

Research Says Oral Opioids Don’t Work in Dogs As a growing number of states—including Illinois—mandate training for opioid prescribers, experts from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine have released “Safe Prescription of Opioids in Veterinary Care,” a free online course that covers appropriate use of outpatient opioid prescriptions, drug disposal techniques, and alternative...

Dr. Hague with neurology patient

MUE, GME, NME, NLE, SRMA: An Alphabet Soup of Immune-Mediated CNS Diseases

Oct 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Meningoencephalitis of Unknown Etiology (MUE) refers to the category of disease with a suspected immune-mediated cause, but the pathophysiology is truly unknown. These diseases may be due to a precancerous condition, an immune response secondary to a previous infection, or a delayed (T cell mediated) hypersensitivity reaction. Four Flavors of MUE MUE can be divided...

Dr. Hague and others exam dog

Seizures and Anticonvulsant Medications

Oct 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Seizures are a clinical manifestation of excessive hypersynchronous neuronal activity. The causes of seizures are due to an inadequate amount of neuronal inhibition (i.e., GABA and glycine), excessive neuronal excitation (i.e., glutamate) or both. Seizures originate from the cerebrum and/or thalamus. The four components of a seizure are the pre ictal (prodrome and aura), ictus,...

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New Job Board: Help for Hiring an Illini DVM

Oct 8, 2019 / General News

Many Ways to Reach Current Students It’s (Partly) the Economy In the current economy, a reasonable salary and standard benefits are not enough to attract the best new colleague to your practice. Work-life balance is important to today’s graduates, and most mention mentorship as a top priority. Of course, salary is a big consideration, as...

[Dr. Jim Lowe presents a webinar in front of a green screen]

Systematic Approach Required for Farm Biosecurity, Says International Swine Consultant

Oct 2, 2019 / General News

On October 1, swine veterinarians and livestock professionals from 14 countries on four continents tuned in for real-world recommendations to prevent disease transmission on livestock production facilities. The speaker, Dr. Jim Lowe, is an associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine who has spent the past 25 years helping swine producers...

Faculty Spotlight: Devon Wallis Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Sep 28, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Devon Hague is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and the head of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Surgery, Anesthesia, Neurology, Dentistry, and Shelter Services section as well as of the neurology service. Tell us about your background. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., always around animals. I used to...

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TPLO Trial Compares Post-Op Pain Relief

Sep 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Opioids are commonly used in the peri- and post-operative period to manage pain associated with knee surgery in dogs. The recent decrease in availability of opioids has led to an increase in the use of alternative techniques, such as local anesthetics. Epidural injection is commonly used to provide analgesia to dogs undergoing hind limb surgical...

Dr. Ashley Mitek

Are You in Compliance with Recent Legislative Changes in Illinois?

Sep 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Last month, thanks to legislative work spearheaded by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, lawmakers amended the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (SB 1665) to exempt veterinarians from the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), effective immediately. Here are some of the highlights: Veterinarians are exempt from registering for the PMP. Veterinarians are now prohibited from accessing patient...