U of I veterinary college promises changes after cow deaths

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is promising changes at its college of veterinary medicine after a federal inspection found violations related to the deaths of five cows. The review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found there weren’t enough qualified personnel monitoring the animals during and after surgery and that the surgery was not performed in the proper location. The agency also says students participating in the operations did not follow proper protocol. Five cows developed complications after surgery. One died and the other four were euthanized. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that no one has been disciplined. But the college says it will have more faculty supervising students performing surgeries. It says it will also provide better training, improve the monitoring of animals and use dedicated surgical rooms.