Welcome to an exciting fall semester at the College of Veterinary Medicine!
As we fall back into the rhythms of the academic year, I want to extend a warm welcome to the residents and interns, faculty and staff members, DVM and graduate students who have recently joined our college family. I hope that you quickly settle into a community that shares your passion for science, animals, and “excellence in all your endeavors.”
To those who are continuing or returning, welcome back! You will no doubt notice that summer break was a busy period at the college.
- The building directly across Hazelwood Drive south of the Large Animal Clinic, which campus designated for our use earlier this year, has been renamed Veterinary Medicine South Clinic. Our Wildlife Medical Clinic, shelter medicine program, and facilities team have all relocated there. Plans are in the works to renovate the space for use by other wellness services of the hospital.
- The new Learning Commons that has transformed the former library space in the Basic Sciences Building is nearly complete. Mark your calendars for a dedication of the space at 4 pm on Friday, Dec. 1, when the provost will be on hand for his annual town hall visit.
Less obvious to those of us based in Urbana, this year the Medical District Veterinary Clinic, our practice in Chicago, expanded back into the Suite 101 space and added a third veterinarian to the practice, with expectations of a fourth doctor joining them in the near future.
And the pace will not slow now that classes have begun. Three October events stand out:
- Our excellent student-run Open House, on Sunday, Oct. 1, will draw thousands of visitors to showcase our DVM program and hospital.
- The campus kicks off its next large fundraising campaign with events on Friday, Oct. 13, including a rally at the State Farm Center, to which all are invited. (A shout-out goes to our advancement team, which in FY17 posted the second highest total for new business in the history of the college.)
- Our annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians, which coincides with Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 26 and 27, offers opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to connect with alumni. We hope many of you will find an opportunity to hear keynote speaker Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Congressman from Oregon and a graduate of our DVM Class of 1977.
Thank you to each one of you for choosing to be part of our Vet Med community, and for the energy and commitment you bring every day. I hope this semester proves to be rewarding and stimulating to you.