Tag School of Veterinary Medicine

Famed Milwaukee County Zoo orangutan’s death caused by strange infection

February 27, 2014

Mahal, the young orangutan who became a star of the Milwaukee County Zoo and an emblem of survival for a dwindling species, led an extraordinary life. It turns out, the young ape died an extraordinary death, too.

Grant funds free nationwide access to Dairyland Initiative for farmers

August 6, 2013

The Dairyland Initiative, a UW School of Veterinary Medicine outreach program that works with farmers to optimize cow comfort, health, and milk production, has received a $50,000 grant from the Dean Foods Foundation to make its Web-based resources available at no cost to dairy farmers across the country.

Finding challenges accepted view of MS: Unexpectedly, damaged nerve fibers survive

February 5, 2013

Multiple sclerosis, a brain disease that affects over 400,000 Americans, causes movement difficulties and many neurologic symptoms. MS has two key elements: The nerves that direct muscular movement lose their electrical insulation (the myelin sheath) and cannot transmit signals as effectively. And many of the long nerve fibers, called axons, degenerate.