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University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital                                                                   August 2016

 Ginger Passalacqua
 Ginger Passalacqua, Referral Coordinator

The heart of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois is growing!

By now you all know the only interventional veterinary cardiologist in the state, Dr. Ryan Fries, is one of our own! This month two hearts will beat as one in our cardiology service as we welcome our second cardiology faculty member, Dr. Jordan Vitt. Already in the flow of things is resident Dr. Saki Kadotani.

So don’t skip a beat—register for the Saturday, September 10, CE event on congenital heart disease with Drs. Fries and Vitt. It’s FREE and starts at 2 p.m. at the Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library. It’s the only way to truly take the pulse of what’s happening in heart disease!

Contact me if you would like to schedule a visit at your clinic with one of our veterinary specialists.


Cardiology Brings Interventional Treatment to State of Illinois

The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital is home to the only interventional cardiovascular service in the state of Illinois. Under the leadership of Drs. Ryan Fries and Jordan Vitt, small and large animal patients that require correction of many cardiovascular disorders now have treatment options that were previously not available, as well as an alternative to traditional surgery.

Continue reading online to learn about the most common cardiology procedures.



coyote pup

Wildlife Medical Clinic Livestreaming Patients on New Critter Cam

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 in recovery each week on the Critter Cam. So far, they have shown a coyote pup that was dehydrated, underweight, and anemic; a snapping turtle that had been hit by a car and presented with multiple shell fractures and a fracture to the maxillary beak; a painted turtle that had an unfortunate encounter with a lawn mower; a raccoon kit with two abdominal wall hernias; and others.

Currently on view is a great blue heron recovering from bone fractures, a cracked bill, and an eye injury.

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Faculty Spotlight: Ryan Fries, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Dr. Fries

Dr. Fries is a clinical assistant professor of cardiology.

Are there any new procedures or treatment options you’re now using to treat patients?

Cardiology continues to refine the equipment we use for our procedures as technology for cardiology is rapidly growing. Our catheters are smaller and more affordable for our patients, as well as new types of cutting balloons, stents, and occluders. There is ongoing interest in veterinary patients and humans for mitral valve replacement. This is an area of research at this time, but we hope to see it used clinically in the next five to 10 years.

Continue reading online to learn more about Dr. Fries.



Clinical Trials

A new surgical imaging tool developed on the University of Illinois campus is being used by veterinary surgical oncologist Dr. Laura Selmic to determine whether all the cancerous cells of a tumor have been removed. Two clinical trials conducted by Dr. Selmic will help introduce this new approach, called optical coherence tomography (OCT), for veterinary use. Learn more.

Soft Tissue Surgery
Partially Funded Clinical Trial for Soft Tissue Sarcomas and Mammary Tumors in Dogs

Partially Funded Clinical Trial for Soft Tissue and Injection-Site Sarcoma in Dogs and Cats

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CE Opportunities 

International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction
August 27, 2016
Learn more | Register

Congenital Heart Disease and Interventional Cardiology with Dr. Ryan Fries and Dr. Jordan Vitt 
September 10, 2016

2-3 p.m.
Aurora Public Library, Eola Road Branch
555 S. Eola Road, Aurora, IL 60504

We’ll also be serving light snacks and bottled water. Space is limited to 50. RSVP to Ginger Passalacqua at (217) 244-5260 or

Fall Conference
September 22-23, 2016
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Mobile Sterilization Clinic
November 28-December 2, 2016
One spot is available each day to accompany Dr. Bob Weedon on a trailer to shelters and improve your surgery techniques.
Learn more


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