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[Dr. Sara Connolly]

Sara Connolly Named Assistant Dean for Student Success

Mar 31, 2020 / General News

Making Connections for Student Success March 23 was the first day on the job for Dr. Sara Connolly in the newly created position of assistant dean for student success. Although she’s currently forced to work in isolation imposed by the “work from home” mandate, Dr. Connolly sees her new role as one that facilitates connections:...

Coronavirus Threatens Ag Community, Not Livestock Health

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

Brownfield Ag News (March 26) – Dr. Jim Lowe, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois, says while the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t pose a threat the animal health, it does create concerns for agriculture. “We’re not worried about a direct impact of infecting the critters we work with and live with...

Diagnostic Lab Helps Speed Local Coronavirus Tests

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

News-Gazette (March 28) – The Carle health system started Friday to process those tests locally, cutting the wait time for results from as long as 10 days to about 24 hours. … That’s with some help from the University of Illinois, which has lent Carle some lab equipment. Some volunteers from the UI veterinary diagnostic...

COVID-19 Impact on Agriculture: Webinar

Mar 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Farmdoc, University of Illinois Extension (March 24) – Dr. Jim Lowe, College of Veterinary Medicine, was a guest on a webinar for the agricultural community to share his perspectives on African Swine Fever and Coronavirus. The webinar can be watched online. https://farmpolicynews.illinois.edu/event/guest-virologist/ Also covered in: * Bovine Veterinarian (March 27) https://www.bovinevetonline.com/article/diseased-vs-infected-why-difference-matters * Illinois Agrinews (March...

[dog on exam table]

COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices

Mar 19, 2020 / COVID-19

Best Practices for Vet Practices This list of recommendations was compiled by Dr. Ashley Mitek from information provided by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Jim Lowe of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Updated March 24, 2020: FAQs for veterinary...

[surgeons in OR with face masks]

COVID-19: Surgical Mask Shortages Impact Veterinarians

Mar 15, 2020 / COVID-19

FAQs for veterinary practitioners See also: FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies (link to Anesthesiology News) COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices (from University of Illinois)   My practice can no longer obtain surgical masks.  Are they necessary in the operating room (OR)? It is recommended that all personnel wear a surgical mask in the...

[Drs. Ashley Mitek and Jim Lowe]

Veterinary Infectious Disease Expert Weighs in on Coronavirus Threat

Mar 9, 2020 / COVID-19

Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to quickly mutate, infect widely and spread around the world. In a new podcast, a veterinarian and expert in zoonotic diseases offers insights into the special characteristics of the...

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Grant to Help Illinois Prepare for Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak

Mar 6, 2020 / General News

$430K Grant Funds Four-Pronged Training As infectious disease threats arise on new fronts seemingly every day, experts at the University of Illinois are launching programs to train stakeholders in Illinois animal agriculture to respond quickly and efficiently in the event that a foreign animal disease (FAD) breaks in the state. Preparation and coordination are vital...

Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Mar 5, 2020 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Great Horned Owl The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic—a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals—will feature a different patient each week on the Critter Cam. Caption and video don’t match? Well, situations can change pretty fast in the Wildlife Medical Clinic, so we can’t always keep...

Student performing x-ray on educational skull

Hands-On Experience Stands Out for Second-Year Student

Feb 28, 2020 / Student Blogs

After a much-needed winter break filled with home-cooked meals, catching up on sleep, and spending time with family and friends, the Class of 2022 returned to campus for our second 8-week series of clinical rotations. Entering clinics as a second-year student has been substantially different (and in my opinion, better) than our first-year rotations. A...