Practitioner Updates

Dr. Carl Toborowsky, a clinical assistant professor in the cardiology service, has degrees in East Asian studies, ecology, evolution, and systematics, and biological anthropology in addition to his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania….
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A view of the critical care service area

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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Photos of a cat before and after ala vestibuloplasty.

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome in Dogs and Cats

November 02, 2023 / Practitioner Updates

Brachycephalic syndrome is a chronic, debilitating, and potentially fatal condition described mostly of canine breeds with severely shortened craniofacial conformation. Persian, Himalayan, Burmese, and Exotic Shorthair cats are popular feline brachycephalic breeds. Growing Popularity of…
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Pharmacist’s Corner: Hope for FIP-Positive Felines?

October 04, 2023 / Practitioner Updates

In early 2020, as the world struggled to control the COVID-19 pandemic and Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned remdesivir as a hopeful treatment, an article in The Atlantic described an interesting veterinary connection to that antiviral…
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Ben Blair, DVM, PhD

Faculty Spotlight: Ben Blair, DVM, PhD

October 04, 2023 / Practitioner Updates

Dr. Blair is an assistant professor and a member of the Food Animal Reproduction Medicine service. Tell us about your background. I’ve been an Illinois resident all my life, born and raised on my family’s…
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the back half of a dachshund

Updates on Intervertebral Disc Extrusion (IVDE)

October 04, 2023 / Practitioner Updates

Intervertebral disc disease is one of the most common neurologic conditions seen in dogs that we treat as veterinarians. Extrusions of degenerative nucleus pulposus is a common cause of acute immobility in our patients. Therefore, understanding…
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Hospital Director Addresses Referrers’ Concerns

August 29, 2023 / Practitioner Updates

I have received feedback from a number of our referring partners expressing their frustration with unmet expectations re­garding referrals to specialty and emergency services of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This message is to let you…
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