Ergonomics for Veterinary Dentistry

Feb 9, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Information abounds to help veterinarians develop and improve their dental diagnostic and treat­ment skills. This article, however, describes devices and techniques that can make the practice of dentistry more ergonomic, com­fortable, and easy. Loupes and Lights Loupes provide illumination and fixed magnification. The adjust­able-brightness lamp may be tilted for optimal viewing. Loupes are fitted to...


Pharmacist’s Corner: To Split or Not to Split

Feb 9, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Frequently, we get asked if it’s okay to split Clavamox chew tabs. These tablets are scored, which seems to indicate splitting is okay, but they are individually packaged, and the manufacturer indicates they should be dosed using the whole tablet. To figure out the best recommendation, we first need to consider what the risks are...

Faculty Spotlight: Alex Gochenauer, PharmD, FSVHP

Feb 9, 2021 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I am originally from northern Ohio, but I have lived in many states due to being in a military family. I grew up showing rabbits in 4-H and spent a lot of my time as a kid outdoors. I have always had a love for animals, and there was at...

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...

Tiered System of ER Service During COVID Spike

Dec 22, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

To Our Referring Veterinarians: In response to the spike in community COVID-19 cases and the quarantine of hospital employees with potential exposure, the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital has implemented a tiered system (described below) so we can better triage emergency and critical care patients. We are currently putting Level 2 protocols into effect...

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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...