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April is one of the best months for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

It's the month we chose for our annual faculty-staff fund-raising campaign because it's the culmination of so many activities of the academic year. The campaign theme this year, "Providing Excellence at Vet Med," acknowledges the many areas that members of our College community make contributions to our mission.

Highlights in April include:

  • Today our budding scholars present their clinical and basic science research during Phi Zeta Research Day.
  • The celebration of students and the donors who support them at our annual awards and scholarships luncheon tomorrow.
  • Vet Med Open House, on Sunday, April 11, when more than 300 students help showcase our College and hospital.
  • The White Coat Ceremony on April 25, recognizing the students' rite of passage into their final year of clinical rotations.
  • Opportunities to earn continuing education credit from our faculty experts in Chicago and, virtually, online.

I hope you'll take time this month to visit our "Excellence at Vet Med" blog and become our Facebook fan to join the dialog about what makes this place stand out.--Herb Whiteley


Alumni Board to Meet this April

Everyone is welcome to attend the Vet Med Alumni Board meeting on Tuesday, April 27. The agenda includes discussion of the election of new officers, planning for Fall Conference activities, and reviewing the bylaws. Please RSVP to advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu by April 20 if you plan to attend.

Stay Connected with our Alumni News Feed!

Wonder what your colleagues and classmates have been up to? Find out and share your latest news, too. Visit the site at vetmed.illinois.edu/advancement/alumni and email your updates to advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu

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Check Out Our New Facebook Fan Page!


Attention Vet Med Alumni FBers!

Our new College of Veterinary Medicine Facebook Fan page (which is replacing our VM Alumni Facebook group) offers you more news and updates about alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

Become a fan now!


Providing Excellence at Vet Med

This month our College launched its third annual Faculty-Staff campaign as a part of the university-wide "Brilliant Futures" fund-raising initiative. For our College, it means a chance to reflect on the many ways that our students, faculty, staff, and alumni provide excellence to clients, veterinary students, the field of veterinary medicine, and our community. Throughout the month of April, we will be posting our "points of pride" on our new blog.

Celebrating Excellence: 2010 Awards and Scholarships

This Saturday, April 10, more than 140 faculty, residents, and students will be honored for their academic and scholarly achievements. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to the many donors who together provided over $350,000 in award and scholarship support.

White Coat Ceremony

White Coat CeremonyThe White Coat Ceremony is planned for Sunday, April 25, at 1:00 pm in the Illini Union Ballrooms.

This ceremony marks the important transition to the fourth-year clinical experiences. Recognition of this milestone will be marked by presentation of the traditional white lab coats.


Veterinary Technician Conference, April 24-25, Urbana, Ill.
New Implants for Old Problems: SOP Locking Plate System and Pancarpal Arthrodesis Using the Castless PCA Plate, May 15, Chicago, Ill.
Small Animal Medicine Continuing Education Series: End of Life Communication, May 20, Chicago, Ill.
Introduction to Laparoscopic Surgery, June 5-6, Urbana, Ill.
Canine Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, July 9-10, Urbana, Ill.
Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy and Thorascopy, July 10-11, Urbana, Ill.
Canine Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, August 6-7, Urbana, Ill.
Fall Conference for Veterinarians, September 9-10, Champaign, Ill.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/ to learn more about continuing education programs.


University of Illinois 2010 BIO Open House

Bio TechTuesday, May 4, 2010,
7-10 pm
Trump Tower, Chicago, Ill.

Join fellow Illini and University faculty working in Biotech research.

A Night of CE at Hawthorne Animal Hospital
Glen Carbon, Ill.
May 19, 2010

Dr. Anne Barger will present "Cytology of the Dog and Cat: A Case-based Approach." For more information, call 217-333-276, or to reserve your spot, visit: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/1350861


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Pet U: Learning to Care for Pets

This series, offered in both Urbana and Chicago, provides pet owners with information relevant to the daily care of their companion animals.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/petu/ for 2010 session information.



Vet Med Open House is this Sunday!

Vet Med Open House 2010Join us on Sunday, April 11,
from 10 am - 4 pm.

Download a program


University of Illinois Day at the Capitol

Join Illinois alumni and students in Springfield on April 21 to talk with state legislators about support for the University of Illinois.

Get more info


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Christine Beuoy
Director of Communications
College of Veterinary Medicine