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...

Julia Whittington Named Hospital Chief of Staff

Dec 11, 2017 / Alumni News

‘We are Improving Lives for all our customers’ One sentence from the hospital website contains our mission and purpose: “Simply put, the hospital is dedicated to improving lives: by providing exceptional patient care, by serving animal owners and veterinarians, by advancing veterinary education, and by developing innovative health solutions.” When the college crafted the 2016-2020...

Notes on Cytology and Biopsies

Nov 14, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

Autoimmune and immune-mediated diseases can be difficult to identify at times due to their similar appearance of bacterial infections of the skin (i.e., pustules, papules, crusts, and ulcerations). Cytology can be of significant value in helping to rule out a secondary bacterial infection. If bacteria is seen on cytology, you have to quantify the bacteria...

Message from State Public Health Veterinarian on Campylobacter

Nov 7, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Campylobacter infections linked to contact with Petland pet store puppies. Clinical samples from human cases and puppies from some states have shown that these Campylobacter isolates are resistant to azithromycin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, erythromycin, gentamicin, nalidixic acid, tetracycline, and telithromycin. This...