Faculty Spotlight: Samantha Sander, DVM, DACZM

Jul 22, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background and interests. I received both my undergraduate and veterinary degrees from the University of Illinois. I completed a small animal internship in Connecticut before returning to the University of Illinois for a zoo specialty internship. I completed my residency in zoo medicine at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington,...

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Clinical Trial for Brachycephalic Cats

Jul 11, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Surgical Procedure May Aid Breathing Serious heart and lung disorders in brachycephalic dogs contribute to life-threatening disease. Despite suffering similar conformational deformities, brachycephalic cats such as Persian, Himalayan, and Exotic Shorthair cats remain largely unstudied as a population at significant risk for systemic and quality of life issues. Mounting evidence suggests brachycephalic cats also develop...

Members of the Cardiology Team

Using Cardiac Biomarkers in Dogs and Cats

Jul 11, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Biomarkers Aid Diagnosis of Cardiac Conditions Cardiac biomarkers are substances that are released into the blood when the heart is damaged or stressed. Measurements of these biomarkers are used to help support the diagnosis of a variety of conditions, including heart failure, myocarditis, and cardiomyopathies. The most widely utilized cardiac biomarkers in dogs and cats...

Faculty Spotlight: Kimberly Hooi, DVSc, DACVIM (SAIM)

Jun 17, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I am originally from Sydney, Australia. I went to veterinary school at the University of Sydney. Following graduation, I worked for a year in general practice in Sydney, then completed a specialty internship in internal medicine and emergency and critical care medicine at a private referral hospital in Sydney, Australia....

Dr. Kimberly Selting with Varian TrueBeam® linear accelerator.

The Linear Accelerator in Oncology

Jun 11, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Illinois is the first to offer certain veterinary oncology care options For decades, the Illinois oncology program has been recognized for the breadth and depth of its leadership in cutting-edge research, compassionate clinical service, and clinical and communication training for veterinary students. This month our program gains another point of distinction by adding a Varian...

Faculty Spotlight: Alycen Lundberg, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)

May 28, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I am originally from the Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis. Area, where I grew up in a sled-dog racing family, which is what sparked my interest in becoming a veterinarian. As a child, my goal was to someday be the chief veterinarian for the Iditarod. I earned my bachelor’s degree from the...

Faculty Spotlight: Marcella Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

May 17, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background I’m originally from Pennsylvania, specifically a somewhat rural area near Sewickley, a small town near Pittsburgh that is very much like a slightly larger version of Monticello, Ill. I grew up with German shepherds and horses and knew from early childhood that I wanted to be a veterinarian; I had...

Guidelines for Interpreting Serum Indices of Renal Function

Apr 16, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Account for day-to-day variability Chronic kidney disease is a common condition in companion animals that follows an irreversible renal injury secondary to infections, exposure to toxic chemicals or drugs, or conditions causing decreased renal blood flow. The nature of chronic kidney disease is that it progresses over time. Therefore, monitoring of renal function is an...

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Malassezia Dermatitis in Dogs and Cats

Apr 15, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

ABOVE: Figure 3. Hypotrichosis and erythema of ventral neck and thorax of a Basset Hound with Malassezia dermatitis secondary to allergic dermatitis.   Malassezia dermatitis is an inflammatory condition associated with increased numbers of Malassezia yeasts on the skin that lead to dermatitis and pruritus. Predisposing factors for Malassezia proliferation and pathogenicity include increased environmental...