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Shelter Medicine Comes of Age at Illinois and Beyond

Jul 13, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

In 2013, G. Robert (“Bob”) Weedon, DVM, MPH, was the half-time shelter veterinarian at the Champaign County Humane Society. He saw the need to enrich the experience of Illinois students on the shelter medicine rotation, and received a half-time faculty appointment in the college’s Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine to do so. In the past...

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Anesthetic Considerations for Equine Dystocia

Jun 10, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Equine anesthesia carries a higher anesthetic risk for mortality than for other domestic animals, with cesarean sections further increasing risk. A late-term mare with dystocia presents specific anesthetic challenges due to the physiologic changes of pregnancy, the associated procedures, and considerations for the neonatal foal. Dystocic mares will often present with pain, agitation, weakness, tachycardia,...

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Garrett, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Jun 10, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Jessica Garrett, CVT, VTS (ECC), is the clinical coordinator of the small animal emergency service and also manages the blood donor program for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She joined the University of Illinois in 2005, three years after completing Parkland College’s veterinary technology program. Initially Garrett worked in the hospital’s intensive care unit and internal...

Staff Spotlight: Sandy Grable, CVT

May 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Sandy Grable, CVT, has been working as the sole dermatology technician since 2001. She graduated from Parkland College’s veterinary technology program in 1999 and began working at the U of I Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. When one of her English mastiffs was diagnosed with atopy and food allergies by Dr. Karen Campbell, that’s when her interest...

Dealing with the Painful and Irritating Chronic Otitis Externa Cases

May 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Ear infections (otitis externa) in dogs were the most common reason for veterinary visits in 2015, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance. The second most common reason for visits was skin allergies, which is a common primary cause of otitis externa. Otitis externa can be extremely frustrating for owners and veterinarians alike, especially in the case...

Dr. Pieper with dog

What You and Your Staff Need to Know about Staph

May 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Staphylococcus can be a very common cause of infection of the skin and ears of all animals and humans. Staphylococcus is divided into coagulase positive and coagulase negative species. Coagulase positive species—S. pseudintermedius, S. aureus, and S. schleiferi subspecies coagulans—are more commonly seen; however, coagulase negative species are identified in infections with growing frequency. S....

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Appropriate Grooming of Birds

Apr 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

As avian veterinarians, we are often called upon to perform grooming procedures—most commonly trimming of the beak, wings, and nails—on pet birds. While these may seem to be simple technical tasks, there can be undesirable consequences when they are done incorrectly. In fact, the very need for these procedures should be critically evaluated. Wing trims...

Dr. Matt Allender and students

Updates on Research of Epidemiology of Reptile Diseases

Apr 18, 2016 / Practitioner Updates

Box Turtles Ranavirus epidemics constitute a serious emerging threat to wild populations of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. Ranaviral outbreaks have now been documented on six continents, in 43 countries, and in more than 173 species of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles (Global Ranavirus Consortium) and ranaviral disease is now considered a Notifiable Pathogen (World Organization for...