Faculty Spotlight: Sara Connolly, DVM, MS, DACVP

Apr 14, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I’m originally from Hammond, Ind., and attended veterinary school at Purdue. After veterinary school, I did a small animal rotating internship at a private practice in south Florida, then returned to Purdue for my clinical pathology residency. Since my residency, I have been a clinical instructor at Illinois, a lecturer...

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Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Cyclosporine in Dogs and Cats

Apr 14, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Cyclosporine is an immunosuppres­sant agent commonly used in veterinary medicine. It is licensed for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in small animals but is also used in an extralabel fashion for systemic immune-mediated conditions such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), immune-medi­ated thrombocytopenia (ITP), immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is important to...

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Illinois Veterinary Experts Help ID Coronavirus in Bronx Zoo Tiger

Apr 5, 2020 / COVID-19

Infection Presumed Passed to Tiger from Person Even when there is no global pandemic, veterinarians are on the front lines in protecting human health, especially when it comes to zoonotic diseases, that is, infections that can cross between people and animals. The expertise of faculty at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine positioned...

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Sara Connolly Named Assistant Dean for Student Success

Mar 31, 2020 / General News

Making Connections for Student Success March 23 was the first day on the job for Dr. Sara Connolly in the newly created position of assistant dean for student success. Although she’s currently forced to work in isolation imposed by the “work from home” mandate, Dr. Connolly sees her new role as one that facilitates connections:...

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COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices

Mar 19, 2020 / COVID-19

Best Practices for Vet Practices This list of recommendations was compiled by Dr. Ashley Mitek from information provided by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Jim Lowe of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Updated March 24, 2020: FAQs for veterinary...

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Colic Survival Rate: Review of 254 Cases

Mar 18, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

We set out to determine outcomes and identify risk factors associated with non-survival in the population of horses presenting to the University of Illinois for abdominal surgery related to colic. Medical records of horses undergoing exploratory laparotomy for colic at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital over the past 10 years were reviewed retrospectively. Multivariate logistic regression...

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New Oncology Clinical Trials

Mar 18, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Dogs with Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma, and Solid Tumors; Dogs with Brain Meningiomas The University of Illinois Cancer Care Clinic and Comparative Oncology Research Laboratory recently announced two clinical trials for dogs with cancer. Preclinical Assessment of an Oral p97 Inhibitor, CB-5339, in Tumor-Bearing Dogs Purpose The clinical trial in tumor-bearing dogs is intended to define...


Pharmacist’s Corner

Mar 18, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

Guidelines for Prescribing Compounded Medications Compounded medications are often necessary to treat veterinary patients, but making sure that the compounds you prescribe are safe and effective isn’t always easy. The following tips can help improve your confidence in the compounded products you use. 1. Make sure a compound is clinically necessary for a positive outcome....

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COVID-19: Surgical Mask Shortages Impact Veterinarians

Mar 15, 2020 / COVID-19

FAQs for veterinary practitioners See also: FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies (link to Anesthesiology News) COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices (from University of Illinois)   My practice can no longer obtain surgical masks.  Are they necessary in the operating room (OR)? It is recommended that all personnel wear a surgical mask in the...