Practitioner Updates

Patrick Barko Headshot

Dr. Patrick Barko is an assistant professor in the small animal internal medicine service. Tell us about your background. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Mich­igan, and my family moved to Phoenix, Arizona,…
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Recent Posts



Brown horse stands in front of a green field.

Improving Diagnosis of Blood Clotting Disorders in Horses 

March 06, 2024 / Practitioner Updates

Normal blood clotting and clot breakdown are essential for organ and tissue function and for healing from injuries. Though somewhat less frequent in horses than in small animals, disorders of coagulation (inadequate or excessive coagula­tion)…
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Pharmacist’s Corner: Common DEA Violations—and How to Avoid Them

March 06, 2024 / Practitioner Updates

Incomplete/Inferior Recordkeeping Lack of Security Failing to Prevent Drug Theft/Diversion Reporting of Unresolved Discrepancies and Significant Losses DEA Registration and Licensing Issues Prescribing Outside the Scope of Practice Failing to Maintain Required Documents Failing to…
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Faculty Spotlight: Ana Aghili, DVM, MS, DACVECC

March 06, 2024 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Aghili is a clinical assistant professor in the emergency and critical care service.  Tell us about your background. I grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, and attended the University of British Columbia for my…
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radiographs of maxillary canine teeth showing one with long-standing endodontic disease

Treating Endodontic Disease in Veterinary Patients

January 24, 2024 / Practitioner Updates

Endodontic disease is one of the most common oral lesions that a veterinary dentist, or any small-animal veterinarian, will see. The typical cause is traumatic fracture of a tooth that results in pulp exposure, often…
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Updates from ER and Critical Care

November 30, 2023 / Practitioner Updates

Our critical care service re-opened in October! Our team consists of five boarded criticalists, two emergency clinicians, three emergency and critical care residents, one specialty intern, and veterinary technicians providing around-the-clock care in our intensive…
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Outbreak of Unknown Canine Respiratory Disease

November 21, 2023 / General News

General Information Lisa Bazzle, DVM, DACVECC, who heads the small animal emergency service at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, prepared the brief overview below about the mysterious respiratory illness in dogs that has…
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