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Regular exposure to artificial ultraviolet B light for two weeks doubled rabbits serum vitamin D levels, the researchers found.

Rabbits kept indoors could be vitamin D deficient

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 9, 2014

Rabbits that remain indoors may suffer from a lack of vitamin D, researchers report in a new study. In rabbits kept as pets or used in laboratory studies, the deficiency could lead to dental problems, undermine their cardiovascular health, weaken their immune systems and skew scientific findings.

Published Date: April 9, 2014


Professor and interim head of pathobiology Mark Kuhlenschmidt is part of a team that will develop a new system to study a parasite, Cryptosporidium, which causes a diarrheal disease in humans.

Illinois receives Grand Challenges Explorations grants

Author: Chelsey Coombs

Published Date:November 20, 2013

The University of Illinois is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Daniel L. Rock, a professor of pathobiology, and Mark S. Kuhlenschmidt, a professor and the interim head of pathobiology, will pursue innovative global health and development research projects.

Published Date: November 20, 2013


A new study found that the targeted culling of deer prevents the rampant spread of chronic wasting disease to healthy deer.

Targeted culling of deer controls disease with little effect on hunting

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 21, 2013

Chronic wasting disease, the deer-equivalent of mad cow disease, has crept across the U.S. landscape from west to east. It appeared first in captive mule deer in Colorado in the late 1960s. By 1981, it had escaped to the wild. It reached the Midwest by 2002. Little is known about its potential to infect humans.

Published Date: October 21, 2013


Peter D. Constable, the head of the department of veterinary clinical sciences at Purdue University, will return to the U. of I. as the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Peter D. Constable to be next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 2, 2013

Peter D. Constable, a Purdue University professor of veterinary clinical sciences and the head of that department, will become the dean of the U. of I. College of Veterinary Medicine in January 2014, pending approval of the U. of I. Board of Trustees.

Published Date: August 2, 2013


A topical general anesthetic for amphibians developed by veterinary researchers at Illinois could be a low-cost, easy-to-administer tool for scientists conducting research in the field. Cane toads were used in the study.

Newly developed anesthetic for amphibians could aid field researchers

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:July 23, 2013

Veterinary researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a general anesthetic for amphibians that is administered through their skin. The anesthetic jelly could be a low-cost, easy-to-administer form of anesthesia for veterinary work conducted in the field.

Published Date: July 23, 2013