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University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital                                                                January 2017

 Ginger Passalacqua
 Ginger Passalacqua, Referral Coordinator

For Illinois alumni who bleed orange and blue and who get warm and fuzzy when reminiscing about college days, you’ll be excited to learn that the University of Illinois will kick off its sesquicentennial year on February 28. That’s right. It’s the University’s 150th birthday!

The tagline for this year of celebration is “Shaping the Future since 1867.” Expect lots of merchandise, events, and exhibits for alumni, campus visitors, or anyone who wants to connect with Illinois history.

If you’d like to be a part of this special time, the College of Veterinary Medicine invites you to share your Illinois story at

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


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Ear Canal Tumors

Masses or tumors should always be a concern in dogs or cats with recurrent ear infections, especially when the infections are unilateral or the animal is middle-aged or older. A thorough examination of the ear canal should be performed after the infection has cleared. Advanced imaging may be needed if the tympanic membrane is not visible. In many cases where a mass is observed, patients are referred for surgery to remove the ear canal along with the mass.

Continue reading about ear canal tumors.




Atopic Dermatitis: Steroids vs. Atopica vs. Apoquel vs. Cytopoint

The arsenal of treatment options for dogs with atopic dermatitis is expanding. It includes corticosteroids, which have been around the longest, as well as Cytopoint, which gained FDA approval at the end of 2016. It is extremely important to note that not all drugs are created equal, and you should not use the same treatment option for each patient. This article reviews the major systemic drugs for atopic dermatitis used in everyday practice.

Continue reading about atopic dermatitis options. 


Faculty Spotlight: Amy Somrak, MBA, DVM

Dr. Somrak

Dr. Somrak is a clinical assistant professor of dentistry and oral surgery.

"For most of my patients, I can pretty quickly improve their quality of life. It’s gratifying to have owners tell me that they notice a big difference in their pet’s enjoyment of life after the dental disease has been treated."

Continue reading about Dr. Somrak.


CE Opportunities

Horseman’s Clinic
February 4

Microsurgery Training Laboratory
March 20-24

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Recent Publications

Reduction of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations with intravenous lipid emulsion in a dog.
Perry BH, McMichael M, Rick M, Jewell E. Can Vet J. 2016 Dec;57(12):1284-1286. PMID: 27928177

The value of pathogen information in treating clinical mastitis.
Cha E, Smith RL, Kristensen AR, Hertl JA, Schukken YH, Tauer LW, Welcome FL, Gröhn YT. J Dairy Res. 2016 Nov;83(4):456-463. PMID: 27845019

Isoflurane, sevoflurane and desflurane use in cane toads (Rhinella marina).
Morrison KE, Strahl-Heldreth D, Clark-Price SC. Vet Rec Open. 2016 Sep 7;3(1):e000185. doi: 10.1136/vetreco-2016-000185. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27651914 [PubMed]

Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time using a point-of-care analyser (Abaxis VSpro®) in Bennett’s wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus).
Nevitt BN, Chinnadurai SK, Watson MK, Langan JN, Adkesson MJ. Aust Vet J. 2016 Oct;94(10):384-6. doi: 10.1111/avj.12489. PMID: 27671083

Effect of Cortical Screw Diameter on Reduction and Stabilization of Type III Distal Phalanx Fractures: An Equine Cadaveric Study.
Kay AT, Durgam S, Stewart M, Joslyn S, Schaeffer DJ, Horn G, Kesler R, Chew P. Vet Surg. 2016 Sep 29. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12555. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27685761

Hyperelastic “bone”: A highly versatile, growth factor-free, osteoregenerative, scalable, and surgically friendly biomaterial.
Jakus AE, Rutz AL, Jordan SW, Kannan A, Mitchell SM, Yun C, Koube KD, Yoo SC, Whiteley HE, Richter CP, Galiano RD, Hsu WK, Stock SR, Hsu EL, Shah RN. Sci Transl Med. 2016 Sep 28;8(358):358ra127. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf7704. PMID: 27683552