Dr. Hague and others exam dog

Seizures and Anticonvulsant Medications

Oct 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Seizures are a clinical manifestation of excessive hypersynchronous neuronal activity. The causes of seizures are due to an inadequate amount of neuronal inhibition (i.e., GABA and glycine), excessive neuronal excitation (i.e., glutamate) or both. Seizures originate from the cerebrum and/or thalamus. The four components of a seizure are the pre ictal (prodrome and aura), ictus,...

[Illinois veterinary students talk to a recruiter at the job fair]

New Job Board: Help for Hiring an Illini DVM

Oct 8, 2019 / General News

Many Ways to Reach Current Students It’s (Partly) the Economy In the current economy, a reasonable salary and standard benefits are not enough to attract the best new colleague to your practice. Work-life balance is important to today’s graduates, and most mention mentorship as a top priority. Of course, salary is a big consideration, as...

[Dr. Jim Lowe presents a webinar in front of a green screen]

Systematic Approach Required for Farm Biosecurity, Says International Swine Consultant

Oct 2, 2019 / General News

On October 1, swine veterinarians and livestock professionals from 14 countries on four continents tuned in for real-world recommendations to prevent disease transmission on livestock production facilities. The speaker, Dr. Jim Lowe, is an associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine who has spent the past 25 years helping swine producers...

Faculty Spotlight: Devon Wallis Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Sep 28, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Devon Hague is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and the head of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Surgery, Anesthesia, Neurology, Dentistry, and Shelter Services section as well as of the neurology service. Tell us about your background. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa., always around animals. I used to...

dog with hind leg in cast

TPLO Trial Compares Post-Op Pain Relief

Sep 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Opioids are commonly used in the peri- and post-operative period to manage pain associated with knee surgery in dogs. The recent decrease in availability of opioids has led to an increase in the use of alternative techniques, such as local anesthetics. Epidural injection is commonly used to provide analgesia to dogs undergoing hind limb surgical...

Dr. Ashley Mitek

Are You in Compliance with Recent Legislative Changes in Illinois?

Sep 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Last month, thanks to legislative work spearheaded by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, lawmakers amended the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (SB 1665) to exempt veterinarians from the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), effective immediately. Here are some of the highlights: Veterinarians are exempt from registering for the PMP. Veterinarians are now prohibited from accessing patient...

Cow in winter environment

It’s Time to Advise Cattle Clients on Winter Feeding

Sep 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

“What is your strategy for feeding your cattle herd this winter?” This is a question worth asking your cattle clients now. What your clients usually do may not work this year. The winter weather led to substantial losses in alfalfa fields. The spring weather delayed or prevented planting corn and delayed harvesting hay. Many cattle...

Faculty Spotlight: Lauren Forsythe, PharmD, DICVP, FSVHP

Sep 10, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Tell us about your background. I grew up in western Pennsylvania, the daughter of two veterinarians who owned a mixed-animal practice. This meant that as a toddler, I was accustomed to going on farm calls and knew that a down cow likely needed calcium. With this constant veterinary exposure, 4H was a natural progression. I...

Dr. Sarah Reich with turtle patient

Wildlife Rehab for the General Practioner

Aug 8, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Wildlife Rehab – What Can You Do? It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: A client walks into your clinic with a wild animal. “I found this on the side of the road. Can you do anything?” Responses can range from excitement to terror to concern over the liability or cost of treating this animal. What can you...

Top Tips for Seeing Backyard Chickens

Aug 8, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

Tips to Help Busy Practitioners with Chicken Cases Have you been seeing a lot of backyard chickens at your practice recently? If yes, you are certainly not alone. More and more clients are reaching out to veterinarians to ensure health and treat emergent issues in their hens, and the issues they are presenting with are...