This week on ciLiving, Dr. Reich brought in a rather unusual patient to us in the clinic- a domestic pigeon! The patient’s temperament and the presence of a zip-tie ‘band’ around one leg led us to believe that this pigeon had been released from either a racing, messaging or show-bird operation. Although they can be found ubiquitously in large numbers, pigeons, or rock doves, are actually an invasive species in the United States. Learn more about this patient, the keeping of domestic pigeons, and the history of their introduction to the United States in the video below!
This week, Dr. Reich made an appearance on ciLiving to speak about the fall migration, what birds you may see flying through Illinois, and how anyone can help to keep birds from flying into windows as they make their way south for the winter. If you do find a stunned bird, read more here on what to do!
Dr. Sarah Reich explains bird migration in our area. Also, why the birds may fly right into a window. #UIVetMed #UIWildlifeClinic #ciLiving #InYourComunity University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Wildlife Medical Clinic at Illinois
Posted by ciLiving.tv on Thursday, October 11, 2018
Every year, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine hosts an Open House, where members of the public are invited to walk around the school and learn more about all aspects of veterinary medicine. This event is mediated largely by students, who sign up to staff different booths and talk about anything from parasitology to physical rehabilitation. This year’s open house was one for the books! Resident animals Derby, Thistle, Hazel and Bucket stood patiently at the WMC booth throughout the day, serving as ambassadors for their species and helping to educate open house visitors about what we do at the clinic. Resident animal handlers also gave two educational talks throughout the day going more in-depth as to what it takes to care for wildlife in the clinic as well as what goes into socializing, training, and caring for the residents. We love every opportunity to bring our mission to a large audience and were so happy to be a part of the event.
Check out the following video for highlights of the event:
Vet Med Open House 2018 was a blast! Didn't get a chance to drop by? Check out some highlights from our snapchat story!
Posted by University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine on Monday, October 8, 2018