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Amy Fink with Callie

Callie’s Castle: Cat Gets Royal Treatment during Cancer Care

Jan 29, 2016 / Patient Stories

They say a man’s home is his castle, but for one patient at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a castle became her home away from home. Callie, an 8-year-old cat, was brought to the hospital because she was having difficulty breathing. Fourth-year veterinary student Caroline Fallon was assigned to Callie’s case. “I could...

Currumbin, Australia, Currumbin Wildlife Foundation, 2015

Jan 26, 2016 / Student Blogs

I spent four weeks at the Currumbin Wildlife Foundation (CWF) located in Currumbin, Australia. A major perk of working in Currumbin was the city itself – the beach with perfect warm water and huge surfing waves was a five-minute walk away, the “coldest” temperature was 80F, and it was always sunny! The small city has...

Dr. Megan Watson and sea otter in Alaska

Vet Resident Assists in Alaskan Sea Otter Rescue

Jan 21, 2016 / Student Blogs

In October, Shedd Aquarium provided an amazing opportunity to travel to Homer, Alaska, through their rescue and rehabilitation efforts. This was in response to a request for veterinary support from the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC). The ASLC is part of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which helps respond to calls of stranded (beached)...

Epidemiologist Comments on Bird Flu in Indiana

Jan 21, 2016 / In the News

State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.; Jan. 21) – Much like human flu, the avian influenza virus tends to be a fall-winter disease that mutates season to season, according to Yvette Johnson-Walker, a clinical epidemiologist with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The latest outbreak is a different strain from the virus that devastated flocks...

Emerging Fungal Infections Impact Wildlife

Jan 20, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

Yale Environment 360 (Jan. 19) – “It’s having a pretty significant impact on some populations,” Matthew Allender, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s veterinary school and the lead author on a recent paper on the etiology of SFD [snake fungal disease], said. For snakes infected with SFD, Allender noted, mortality rates can...

[horses and round barn]

Equine Researchers Receive Morris Animal Foundation Grants

Jan 20, 2016 / General News

Illinois equine researchers garnered two of the 16 equine grants approved by the Morris Animal Foundation for the 2016 funding cycle. Dr. Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro received funding to evaluate the effectiveness of a new surgical suture technique to repair upper airway obstruction in horses with a common upper respiratory disease called recurrent laryngeal neuropathy. Dr. Annette...

Shelter Medicine Program Helps Feral Cats

Jan 15, 2016 / In the News

Alley Cat Allies News (Jan. 11) – Bob Weedon, DVM, MPH, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois, is spearheading a new shelter medicine program… The program prepares veterinary students for a career caring for those animals who have long gone without sufficient care—including community cats.

[Dr. Gutierrez examines a horse]

Daylong Clinic Covers Horse Health, from Head to Hoof

Jan 13, 2016 / General News

Horse owners from across Illinois will gather in Urbana on February 6 to learn about the care and keeping of their hooved animal companions at the annual Horseman’s Clinic, offered by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The $40 per person registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, a facilities tour, and lectures covering hoof...

Alumnus, Faculty, Resident at Zoo Do Conservation Work in Peru

Dec 23, 2015 / In the News

Chicago Tribune (Dec. 22) – Punta San Juan in Peru is one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems. It’s also a 133-acre coastal reserve that has become a central part of Illinois alumnus Dr. Mike Adkesson’s life and a crucial piece in the mission of the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates Brookfield Zoo, to spread...

Professor Raises Deer and Elk

Dec 20, 2015 / In the News

News-Gazette (Dec. 20) – Dr. Cliff Shipley, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, keeps about 80 deer, mule deer and elk on 15 acres near Homer Lake. Shipley, a native of Iowa, bought the land in 2000. It had been a horse pasture; his family planted 5,000 trees. Also...