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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...

[scene from food animal disease outbreak training]

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...

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...

[sophie looking beautiful in long green grass]

Sophie: The Story of An Exceptional Life

Feb 10, 2020 / Giving Stories

Gift to Hospital Honors Dog Animal owners are often moved to make a generous gift in gratitude for the lifesaving care delivered at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The gift Karen Gupta made in recognition of the care provided to Sophie, her golden retriever, is a little different. Sophie passed away August...

[students and pigs]

Swine-Focused Students Stand Out

Feb 10, 2020 / General News

Research, Swine Meetings Key to Success When it comes to pork production, Illinois may lag behind a few other states—Iowa, North Carolina, and Minnesota, to be exact. But when it comes to preparing veterinary students to enter the swine industry, the University of Illinois is hard to beat. One indicator of our success is the...

[Dr. Leyi Wang]

What Is the Coronavirus Spreading Across the Globe?

Jan 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Editor’s note: The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia and other symptoms, was first reported in Wuhan, China, where hundreds have been sickened and at least 18 have died. Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of veterinary medicine at...

[cow with calf]

2nd EVP Opens Enrollment for Cow-Calf Practitioners

Jan 24, 2020 / Alumni News

EVP Beef Starts in July 2020 The University of Illinois, in collaboration with Iowa State University, is accepting registrations for the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) in Beef Cattle Health Management. The early registration deadline is April 5 for the course that starts in July 2020 and concludes in September 2021. For nearly 30 years, EVP...