Equine Practice Offers Continuum of Care through Illinois Veterinary College

May 30, 2018 / General News

Monfort Practice Becomes ‘Midwest Equine’ Dr. Tom Monfort, a legend in Illinois equine veterinary practice, has announced his retirement this summer. The practice he has owned for decades at 20844 Cumberland Road, six miles southwest of Farmer City, Ill., will continue to serve horse owners under a new name, Midwest Equine. Midwest Equine will continue...

Staff Spotlight: Gail Wallis Hague, MSEd, NCC, LPC

May 25, 2018 / Practitioner Updates

Gail Hague is a client counselor specialist at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and staffs the CARE Pet Loss Helpline. Tell us about your background. I am a counseling psychologist with close to 40 years of experience who came up through the ranks beginning at Newcomb College, Tulane University, with double majors in psychology and communications...

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Dennis French Focuses on Service as Department Head

May 3, 2018 / General News

‘He’s done a fantastic job of recruiting’ When you ask Dr. Dennis French to explain his role as department head, he can do it in five words: “Helping good people become famous.” Having achieved the rank of full professor and served as president of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, he now turns his career...

Opioid Shortage Update: Using Fentanyl

Mar 13, 2018 / Practitioner Updates

Although the opioid shortage is beginning to affect some practices in the state, and has made it difficult for some to obtain hydromorphone or morphine, a few hospitals have adapted to this shortage by purchasing fentanyl. Fentanyl is also a full opioid agonist, like hydromorphone and morphine, but has a shorter duration of action. Fentanyl...


Winter Olympics Spur Influx of South Korean Dogs

Mar 13, 2018 / General News

Recent reports from the media have documented the growing number of dogs imported to the United States from South Korea after the Olympics. Veterinarians need to be asking themselves: What might these animals be bringing with them?  Various animal rights and rescue groups are orchestrating shipments of these dogs into the U.S. in an effort...

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Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy in Draft Horses Addressed with Standing Surgery

Mar 13, 2018 / Practitioner Updates

Laryngoplasty is the treatment of choice for draft horses with recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN) presented for poor performance and inspiratory noise. While typically performed with the horse anesthetized, laryngoplasty has been safely performed as a standing surgery in draft horses to avoid potential complications associated with general anesthesia. Unfortunately, this option does not avoid the...

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Important Opioid Updates for Veterinarians

Jan 30, 2018 / Practitioner Updates

New Illinois Law, Coming Shortages Require Action National Opioid Drug Shortage Will Pose Challenge to Patient Pain Management The next time you reach for opioid pain medications for a patient, don’t take them for granted. In the coming months, the veterinary profession may face extreme shortages of opioids, including fentanyl, hydromorphone, morphine, and methadone, after...

Opioid Shortages Prompt Alternative Pain Management Protocols

Jan 30, 2018 / Practitioner Updates

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, the DEA decreased opioid production by 25% in 2017, and plans to continue to decrease production in 2018. As many of the more commonly used full mu agonists such as morphine, hydromorphone, and fentanyl become harder to acquire (and remaining supplies are diverted to human hospitals), veterinarians...

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With Your Help, We’re Growing

Dec 18, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Thanks in large part to strong partnerships with you, our referrers, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital has seen more than a 30 percent increase in small animal caseload over the past five years. (In fact, Illinois has the seventh largest small animal caseload at a U.S. veterinary college, when patients seen in Urbana and Chicago are...

Faculty Spotlight: Adam Stern, DVM, CMI-IV, CFC, DACVP

Dec 15, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Stern is a clinical associate professor and assistant director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, specializing in veterinary forensic pathology. Tell us about your background. I am originally from New York City and I completed my undergraduate studies at The George Washington University. I completed my veterinary degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince...