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Turtle Fractures

Turtle Fractures Mended with Carpentry

Sep 8, 2015 / Student Blogs

Summertime is turtle time at the Wildlife Medical Clinic. All kinds of turtles are out and about when the weather gets nice—looking for food, mates, and nesting sites. Along the way, these animals often have dangerous encounters with everything from cars to dogs to lawnmowers. Luckily, turtles are pretty hardy animals, and they can withstand remarkable...

gull

Ring-Billed Gull Treated for Spinal Abnormality

Sep 3, 2015 / Student Blogs

The Wildlife Medical Clinic admitted a rare visitor to central Illinois a few weeks ago—a ring-billed gull! During his initial assessment, the student volunteers noted that the bird was generally healthy but unable to walk or even stand. When an animal has weak or paralyzed limbs, a neurologic exam is performed in order to localize...

Paul Pion, VIN network president, and Matt Holland

Q/A with Veterinary Information Network President

Sep 3, 2015 / Student Blogs

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed below do not necessarily represent those of the college. “The VIN mission is to inspire and facilitate excellence within the worldwide veterinary community.” The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is the largest (53,000+) global community of those seeking personal insight regarding all things veterinary medicine. A few weeks ago, I had...

Illinois State Fair

Vet Student Gains Smorgasbord of Insights at State Fair

Aug 26, 2015 / Student Blogs

Funnel cakes, carnival rides, and demolition derbies may be on the minds of most people headed for any summertime fair, but few people think about the role of the veterinarian who is strolling up and down the aisles of show animals, nibbling her/his food-of-choice-on-a-stick. However, where there is an animal, you can expect to find...

Matt Holland at FSIS

Intern Gains USDA Food Production Insight

Aug 25, 2015 / Student Blogs

I spent most of my time this summer completing an internship with the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS). My duty station was Worthington, Minn., which is in the southwestern corner of the state, about an hour east of South Dakota and 15 minutes north of Iowa, with approximately 13,000 people. The plant is...

Hawk's Humerus

Healing a Hawk’s Humerus

Aug 24, 2015 / Student Blogs

This beautiful red-tailed hawk was brought to the Wildlife Medical Clinic by one of the rehabilitation centers we work with (The Illinois Raptor Center) with an open fracture of the left humerus (the bone between the shoulder and the elbow). The term “open fracture” indicates that there is a break in the skin over the...

killdeer

Killdeer Caught in Sticky Situation

Aug 18, 2015 / Student Blogs

The fact that the Wildlife Medical Clinic is in central Illinois and surrounded by corn means that we don’t get many water-loving animals, including shorebirds. Except for killdeer. Killdeer are shorebirds that have adapted to life away from the water. They’ll make do with a golf course, a field, or even a parking lot. If...

Costa Rica, 2015

Aug 12, 2015 / Student Blogs

I knew that I wanted to study abroad as a veterinary student before even starting the veterinary program at Illinois, so I was ecstatic to find Conservet, a non-profit organization that exposes veterinary students to conservation medicine with an intensive, on-site workshop in the rich ecosystems of Costa Rica. The founder, Dr. Raymond Tarpley, has...

[baby dove recovering in Wildlife Medical Clinic]

Help Curb Killer Cats

Aug 12, 2015 / Student Blogs

The Wildlife Medical Clinic is currently caring for several animals that have been attacked by cats, including a baby mourning dove and a juvenile song sparrow. The dove is recovering from wounds over his wings and a large laceration over his crop (an outpouching of the esophagus of some birds, used to store food), and...

Tanzania, 2015

Aug 12, 2015 / Student Blogs

CVM UIUC Study Abroad Program in Tanzania 2015 Tanzania Team (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Morogoro) : Amandus Muhairwa; Ng’umbi Nickson Hassanally; James Nathan and Anthony Mhando US Team: Margarethe Hoenig; Avery Bennett; Shannon Ortiz-Kofoed, Kate White, Cassie Wolsic, Ryan Freed and Steven Zary We thank our sponsors Nestle Purina and Dean...