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New Residents & Interns 2020

Sep 16, 2020 / Practitioner Updates

The College of Veterinary Medicine was delighted to welcome more than 30 veterinarians who joined us over the summer to complete clinical internships and residencies. These aspiring specialists take an active role in the delivery of animal care in our Veterinary Teaching Hospital or the delivery of diagnostic services in our Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, working...

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Open House Invites Public to Challenge Stereotypes

Sep 11, 2020 / General News

Virtual Event Opens Sunday, Oct. 4 “We’re super excited about the chance to reach even more people this year by hosting our information about animals on the internet,” said Julie Klein, a third-year Illinois veterinary student on the Open House leadership committee. “Just about every booth that visitors would typically see at our live event...

[horse's hooves]

What I Wish Owners Knew about Navicular Syndrome

Sep 11, 2020 / General News

Navicular syndrome is a common condition, but it is not simple or straightforward. To better understand why it seems like one treatment works great for one horse and marginally for another, it is important to understand a little bit of the history of navicular syndrome, the anatomy that is involved, and available treatment options. Different...

[Dr. Jim Lowe consulting in pig barn]

New Master of Veterinary Science Degree Has Real-World Focus

Aug 10, 2020 / General News

Online Program for Production Medicine Professionals The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine recently established an online master’s degree to help address global demands for a safe and nourishing food supply. Applications for the program designed for livestock health professionals opens on September 15, for enrollment in the Spring 2021 semester. The Illinois veterinary...

Veterinary Epidemiologist Urges ‘Fast, Frequent Testing’ for COVID-19

Aug 4, 2020 / COVID-19

Science (Aug. 3) – In an article calling for a “radical shift in testing strategy” to adequately contain the coronavirus pandemic, Rebecca Smith, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, says, “we need fast, frequent testing,” which could mean faster versions of existing RNA tests or new kinds of tests aimed at detecting...

[cat sleeps next to mailer]

Sassy Cats, We Can Hear You Now!

Jul 13, 2020 / Alumni News

Invention Makes Treating Cats Safer If you’ve never handled a cat in a veterinary setting, you may think you can predict their body movements but you would be wrong! They will surprise you. Dr. Kristen Knight, a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Oswego, Ill., and a 2014 graduate of the college, created the Sassy...

[Dr. Gavin Meerdink]

In Memoriam: Dr. Gavin Meerdink, Clinical Toxicology and Beef Expert

Jul 7, 2020 / Alumni News

Dr. Gavin Meerdink, who held many roles at our college, passed away on July 4. Joining our faculty in 1989, Dr. Meerdink headed the clinical toxicology service within the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, served the state’s agricultural industry as an Extension veterinarian focused on beef and feed safety, and oversaw the Veterinary Medical Research Farm. He...

[students giving high fives]

Mental Health Initiatives Assure Veterinarians: ‘You’re Not Alone’

Jun 15, 2020 / General News

Facebook Page Offers Hope “It’s really hard for vets to put ourselves first. Even for people who don’t experience mental illness.” This realization motivated Rosie M., currently a fourth-year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine, to create a private Facebook group to provide resources for veterinarians to fit self-care into their daily lives, to...

[Sarah Wright at three milestones in her veterinary education]

Aquatic-focused Student Finds Right Career Path at Illinois

Jun 10, 2020 / Alumni News

DVM Years Included Research, Travel In October 2016, Sarah Wright wrote a blog post* recalling her first impressions upon enrolling at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. “The first day of class left my head spinning with information and my nose burning from the anatomy lab,” she remembered. “How was I supposed to...