[Illinois veterinary students present to SWATT program handlers]

Hope Behind Bars – Handlers Learn Veterinary Skills

Dec 20, 2018 / General News

Students Make Second Visit to Training Program After our Human-Animal Bond Association club visited Shawnee Correctional Center in October to learn about the S.W.A.T.T. (Shawnee Wellness Assistance Therapy Training) program, we were eager to help in any way we could. The program coordinator, Angela Galbraith, invited us to come back in December when the next...

[older horses]

Caring for Older Horses

Dec 7, 2018 / Student Blogs

With proper care, older horses can prosper The lifespan of the horse has increased over the years. Improved veterinary medicine, a better understanding of care, and the role of horses as pasture pets are some of the factors that allow horses to live past 20 and even 30 years of age. Older horses, however, need...

Students pose after third-year surgery

Teamwork, Support Make First Surgery Rewarding

Dec 5, 2018 / Student Blogs

Junior Surgery Week The week we have all been dreading since we first heard about it: “junior surgery week” If you haven’t hit your third year of vet school yet, you’ve heard about this week being incredibly stressful and tiring. For a lot of people, it is the first time they are doing a spay...

[Reilee Juhl and Sarah Wright]

Networking Leads to Clownfish Research Project

Dec 2, 2018 / Research News

I Plan to Present and Publish My Data Last fall at the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Gregory Lewbart of North Carolina State University, who offered to provide support for a summer research project for me. After reviewing current literature in the field, I generated the idea...

[SWATT training program]

Inmates, Shelter Dogs Get Second Chance, Benefit Veterans

Oct 30, 2018 / Student Blogs

Shelter Dogs Are Trained, Given to Veterans Recently a group of Illinois veterinary students went on an unusual field trip. The board of the Human Animal Bond Association student chapter organized a trip to tour the new dog training program located at Shawnee Correctional Center (SCC) in the small town of Vienna, Ill. SCC houses...

Third-year veterinary student, Sarah Wright, and Laura Rasche, Class of 2020 at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Helping Out at ExoticsCon 2018

Oct 29, 2018 / Student Blogs

Sarah Wright, third-year veterinary student, and Laura Rasche, a veterinary student at the University of Georgia, pose together before learning more about Hybrid Aquatics at ExoticsCon  Last month I had the opportunity to assist with the facilitation for the wet labs for the Association of Amphibian and Reptilian Veterinarians (ARAV) at ExoticsCon 2018 in Atlanta,...

[new treatments for osteoarthritis]

Treatment of Equine Osteoarthritis: The New Frontier

Oct 24, 2018 / Student Blogs

Research Will Bring New Ways to Manage OA This is the third installment in my series about equine osteoarthritis. So far I have covered the pathophysiology behind osteoarthritis (OA) as well as some treatment options available to improve the comfort and joint health of our equine athletes. While there is no cure for OA, we...

[osteoarthritis treatment in horses]

Management of Osteoarthritis in the Equine Athlete

Oct 24, 2018 / Student Blogs

There are many options for management of OA I have already reviewed normal joint function and the ways osteoarthritis (OA) can develop and progress in our equine companions. While there is no cure for OA, we are lucky to have many tools available to manage the associated clinical signs and slow the progression of the...

[osteoarthritis in horses]

Osteoarthritis and the Equine Athlete

Oct 24, 2018 / Student Blogs

Osteoarthritis can affect any horse, at any age When you picture a horse with arthritis, what comes to mind? Is it an older, wizened, retired horse with a sway back plodding along in a field? A 10-year-old Warmblood dressage horse who has performed well but is having difficulty moving up to the next level? Or...

[corneal ulcers - horses]

Keeping an Eye Open for Corneal Ulcers

Oct 24, 2018 / Student Blogs

Most horses will experience a corneal ulcer Coming out to the barn and finding your horse squinting and excessively tearing from one eye is enough to cause any horse owner to worry. Injuries to the eye and surrounding areas of the head and face are relatively common in horses due to their inquisitive nature and...