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University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital                                                                December 2016

 Ginger Passalacqua
 Ginger Passalacqua, Referral Coordinator

Christmas and New Year’s fall over the weekend this year. With that in mind, keeping your clients happy and their pets cared for in the event of an emergency may be problematic.

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is here to help. As always we’ll be here 24 hours a day and small animal pet owners can have their pets examined through the emergency exam for just under $95.

So be sure your website and voicemail list our small and/or large animal clinic numbers, (217) 333-5300 and (217) 333-2000, respectively. Let us do the work while you enjoy the holiday season. We’re already here!    

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


 dog flu


Update for Veterinarians on Canine Influenza

How many confirmed canine influenza cases have occurred in Illinois and nationally? Will we see canine influenza outbreaks this winter? What is the best disinfectant to use when cleaning an exam room or kennel to kill the virus? Read FAQs that referring veterinarians have asked experts at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 

Continue reading about canine influenza.



ophthalmology team

Recent Developments in the Ophthalmology Service

2016 has been a very busy year for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's ophthalmology service. Read highlights, including Dr. Katie Fleming joining the faculty in September.

Continue reading about ophthalmology updates.




Refractory Corneal Ulcer Management in Dogs

Corneal ulceration, or a break in the corneal epithelium, can occur for a variety of reasons. Common etiologies include trauma, entropion, ocular foreign bodies, and dry eye disease. Most corneal ulcers are superficial and non-infected; with appropriate therapy they typically heal in 3 to 5 days, depending on their initial size.

Ulcers that persist beyond 5 to 7 days with little improvement despite therapy are considered refractory.

Continue reading about refractory corneal ulcers.


Faculty Spotlight: Katie Fleming, DVM, PhD

Dr. Fleming

Dr. Katie Fleming is an assistant professor of ophthalmology.

"I find it very rewarding to be able to utilize my knowledge and experience to comfort clients and let them know what they are up against. Combining medical and surgical modalities to resolve disease and preserve vision is an amazing experience, and one that I treasure."

Continue reading about Dr. Fleming.



Imaging consultation/interpretation services ended on December 15. To find a teleradiology company to contract with, search “veterinary teleradiology” on the Web.