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August 2007

Contents (click to jump right to a specific section)

Message from Dean Whiteley
New on the Web: PRRS vaccine white paper, Oskee Bow Wow 2007, AVMA leaders from Illinois
* From the Teaching Hospital: Spotlight on Dr. Natalie Coffer
Resources from Veterinary Extension
Alumni News:Connect with Classmates through "Always Illinois"; Register for Fall Conference
Calendar:Vet tech seminars on dentistry, oncology, and anesthesia, Fall Conference, EVP

Message From Dean Whiteley

We are preparing to welcome 120 first-year veterinary students next week, but theirs will not be the only new faces at the College. More than a dozen faculty members have accepted positions at Illinois since January.

In the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, R. Avery Bennett brings expertise in small and zoological animal soft tissue surgery; Natalie Coffer is working in farm animal medicine (see below for a profile); Olivier Dossin joins the small animal medicine section; Jim Naughton begins a one-year imaging position; and Maureen McMichael now leads our emergency/critical care service.
Mark Mitchell, specializing in zoological medicine, has been on board since January. Arriving shortly will be Wanda Gordon-Evans in small animal orthopedic surgery. Searches are under way for additional clinical faculty in the oncology and equine sections as well as for faculty with a research focus.

Veterinary Biosciences' renowned program in reproductive biology has expanded with two stem cell researchers--Suzanne Berry and Marie-Claude Hofmann--and with Jason Herrick, whose work spans reproductive biology and conservation medicine. Also in that department, Levent Dirikolu is joining forces with department head Duncan Ferguson to expand the pharmacology/toxicology area. Veterinary Biosciences is interviewing for a neurobiologist.

Earlier this year the Department of Pathobiology welcomed Dongwan Yoo, an expert in virology who is contributing to ground-breaking efforts on a PRRS vaccine. William Laegreid, who will also focus on that effort, is arriving this week. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory brought Dr. Laura Kohrt aboard in Urbana and hired Dr. Kathleen Colgrove to the Chicago-based zoological pathology section. A search is under way for a diagnostic pathologist.

I hope many of you will have a chance to meet our newest faculty members when you visit the College for Fall Conference in October.
Meanwhile, you can meet them virtually by viewing their faculty profiles on the College biosketch pages: www.cvm.uiuc.edu/faculty/. --Herb

New On The Web

PRRS Experts Outline Research Needs for Vaccine Development
On June 1 and 2, 2007, the Department of Pathobiology convened an expert panel to discuss the state of current knowledge about vaccination for Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), the most significant disease problem facing the swine industry worldwide. The resulting white paper represents an important advance in achieving scientific consensus on the knowledge gaps hindering development of a successful PRRS vaccine. The group concluded that an effective vaccine could be on the market within the next 5 to 10 years. See ../news/index.cfm?function=viewartcl&id=117

Fund-raiser Celebrates 10th Anniversary of CARE Helpline
Mr. Webster White, "first dog" in the family of University of Illinois President Joe White, invites you to attend Oskee Bow Wow 2007 on Friday, September 21, at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The celebration includes behind-the-scenes tours, delicious food, good music, and a brief program honoring the leaders of the CARE Pet Loss Helpline throughout its 10-year history. Visit ../CARE for more

College Represented in AVMA Leadership
At the annual convention of the American Veterinary Medical Association last month, Dean Herb Whiteley was elected by the House of Delegates to a six-year term representing veterinary medical research on the Council on Education. Dr. Elysia Schaefer, equine surgery resident at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, was elected to represent recent graduates on the Council on Veterinary Service. Two veterinary students from the College serve on the current Student AVMA Executive Committee. They are Emily Eaton, president-elect, and Rachel Shaff, secretary. For more see

From the Teaching Hospital

* Spotlight on: Dr. Natalie Coffer

Specialized camelid care is available at the teaching hospital featuring customized llama and alpaca chutes and the expertise of Dr.
Natalie Coffer, a visiting clinical assistant professor in both FARMS and equine services. Dr. Coffer received her BVetMed from the University of London's Royal Veterinary College and completed a large animal residency at the University of Tennessee and a farm practice, production medicine and theriogenology internship at the University of Georgia. Newly board certified in large animal internal medicine, Dr. Coffer is available for consultations on internal medicine issues, parasitism, and herd health for goats, sheep and beef and dairy cattle and equine medicine.

Dr. Coffer can be reached for consultations and referrals by calling the Large Animal Clinic receptionist at 217/333-2000.

For more on Dr. Coffer, see

Note: Illinois VetNews features a VTH faculty member or clinical coordinator each month

Resourses From Veterinary Extension

Information for you and your clients:

* Anesthesia: What Every Owner Should Know See

* Pet columns are archived on the Web at ../petcolumns/ on the Web site. You can also
subscribe to receive them by email as they are issued.

Alumni News

*Stay Connected Online with 'Always Illinois'
This month all graduates of the Urbana campus were invited to establish a free profile on "Always Illinois," an online networking community that includes all Illinois alumni, students, faculty and staff. Always Illinois offers all the basic functions of a social network such as MySpace, with added levels of security and privacy. You can invite your friends and colleagues to join your network or become your friend. Always Illinois is billed as "the most powerful networking tool ever available to the Illinois family." It can quickly and easily put you in touch with other alumni, while you retain full control over the amount of information made available to others. Find out more at http://illinois.edu/ alwaysillinois/

*Have You Registered for Fall Conference Yet?
The top five reasons to attend Fall Conference 2007:
5. Lots of opportunities to connect with classmates and current students at the Wednesday afternoon golf outing, Friday alumni reunion kickoff event, or Saturday tent party and Illinois-Wisconsin football game
4. Veterinary history comes alive at the dedication of the Dr. Walter E. Zuschlag/ISVMA Veterinary Heritage Collection and Information Commons in the Basic Sciences Building
3. Wet labs on abdominal radiology and equine joint injections and a preconference biosecurity session
2. Alumni award presentations and the live broadcast of the Coach Ron Zook radio call-in show at Thursday's dinner 1. Affordable, practice-relevant sessions on small animal, equine, cattle, swine, and exotics!
Even if you are not attending the continuing education sessions, you can sign up online to participate in the social activities. See: ../ope/fallconf/

*Online Giving Made Easy
Show your support for the College of Veterinary Medicine by making a gift to one of the many funds. Our Web site offers secure and convenient options for giving. Go to ../ and choose "Give to Vet Med."

College Calendar

* September 15, Veterinary Technician Practices Seminar: Dentistry, Urbana, Ill. See ../ope/vettechpractices/

. * September 21, Oskee Bow Wow:, Urbana, Ill. See http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/news/viewartcl.cfm?id=115

* October 4 and 5, Fall Conference for Veterinarians, Urbana, Ill. Registration materials will be mailed in July. See ../ope/

* October 5, Dedication of the Dr. Walter E. Zuschlag/ISVMA Heritage Collection and Information Commons, Urbana, Ill. For more information see: ../ope/fallconf/social.html

* October 6, Football Tent Party and Mentor-Student Social, followed by the Illinois-Wisconsin game, Urbana, Ill. Sign up at ../ope/fallconf/

* October 13, Veterinary Technician Practices Seminar: Anesthesia, Urbana, Ill. See ../ope/vettechpractices/

* October 18, Executive Veterinary Program, Urbana, Ill. Register now for this two-year certificate program. See http://www.evpillinois.org/

* November 17, Veterinary Technician Practices Seminar Series: Oncology, Urbana, Ill. See ../ope/vettechpractices/ .

For other events on the Web: ../

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