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University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital                                                                September 2016

 Ginger Passalacqua
 Ginger Passalacqua, Referral Coordinator

Lovie Smith isn’t the only one building a new team at Illinois. This month Vet Med has been busy welcoming new players to our team too!

We’ve added faculty in both the large and small animal clinics. Second doctors were added in ophthalmology, cardiology, and neurology. This means seamless service and the end of “going off clinics” worries for you and your referrals. Dr. Reagan also joined Dr. Selmic to reinstate the oncologic soft tissue surgery service!

So no more bench warmers here! All our players are on the field and in it to win it!

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

 BJ cat

Surgical Treatment of Idiopathic Chylothorax in Geriatric Cat

BJ is a 13-year-old male castrated domestic shorthair that presented in March 2016 with a diagnosis of possible chylothorax. The owner had noticed the cat’s labored breathing one morning and took him to his primary veterinarian. Chest radiographs showed significant pleural effusion. A thoracocentesis was performed and 60 mL of fluid was removed. Upon fluid analysis, the cause of the pleural effusion was determined to be chylothorax.

Continue reading online to learn how board-certified surgeon Dr. Heidi Phillips treated BJ.



Kim Knap

Kim Knap Named Hero Vet Tech

Kim Knap, a veterinary technician and certified canine rehabilitation practitioner at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was named the 2016 American Hero Veterinary Technician at a gala awards ceremony in Los Angeles on September 10. The ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton will be broadcast nationally October 28 on Hallmark Channel.

Continue reading online to learn more about Kim Knap's award.



Dr. Tim Fan

Scientists Test Nanoparticle Drug Delivery in Dogs with Bone Cancer

At the University of Illinois, an engineer teamed up with a veterinarian to test a bone cancer drug delivery system in animals bigger than the standard animal model, the mouse. They chose dogs—mammals closer in size and biology to humans—with naturally occurring bone cancers, which also are a lot like human bone tumors.

Continue reading online to learn about the trials' findings.



Staff Spotlight: Michelle Jaeger, BS, CVT, VTS (Surgery)


Michelle Jaeger, BS, CVT, VTS (Surgery), is the veterinary technician and clinical coordinator for the small animal soft tissue surgery department.

Michelle has worked at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for over 11 years in the small animal surgery department. She started in the small animal surgery operating room as well as oversaw the junior surgery laboratories for the first year, and then moved to SAS soft tissue surgery as the sole technician.

Continue reading online to learn more about Michelle Jaeger.



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