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This month my message has been provided by Dr. Jonathan P. Stack, the 2012 graduate selected to give the class response after tassels were turned on May 13:

Today is the beginning of what was a childhood dream for many of us.  The last four years spent earning this dream were a lesson in the effects of stress on hairlines and waistlines, and the revelation that Tums chewables are pretty tasty and a good substitute for candy. 

The dream, however, has been at least 25 years in the making.  For many of us, it’s been even longer.  We will spend the next 25, 50, and 75 years saving lives, preventing accidental puppies and kittens’ lives, and making sure your pork chops were grown in optimal conditions.  The last four years were very well spent…

In 25 years, I hope we remember what it was like looking for a job as a new graduate when all the listings only wanted experience.  I hope we all advocate for this profession whenever we can; pay attention and be proactive in supporting measures which can help alleviate the financial burden of earning this degree.  We must ensure that those who have yet to achieve this same dream can succeed without becoming financially crippled.

Congratulations to Dr. Stack and all the members of the Class of 2012! You can read his remarks in their entirety on our Facebook page.

If you’d like to contribute to a scholarship so that the dream of achieving a veterinary degree is attainable for future students, please call our Office of Advancement at 217.333.2761.—Herb


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Meet Dr. Stan Rubin, DACVIM

Dr. Stan RubinIn 1984, an interest in small animal internal medicine brought Calgary native Dr. Stan Rubin to Illinois to begin a clinical residency and graduate program. This spring, he returned to that same department as a clinical professor.

Dr. Rubin was on the faculty at the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine from 1984 to 2008. Before returning to Illinois, he spent three years as a staff internist in a referral hospital in Tucson, Ariz.

Dr. Rubin's current areas of clinical/research interest include pharmacology of antifungal drugs, gastroenterology, fluid, electrolyte and acid base disorders, and metabolic disease. He is "excited to work with our students, interns, and residents," and is also "committed to providing the highest quality of care and service to his patients, their owners, and their referring veterinarians."

Dr. Rubin can be reached at 217.333.5300 for consultations on feline or canine urological/renal disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, or liver disease.

> Read more about Dr. Stan Rubin

SNEAK PREVIEW: In the next issue of Illinois Vet News

Meet Dr. Heidi Phillips, the new face in the small animal surgery service.

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College Research Day 2012Research Day, held on April 20, featured 19 talks and 48 posters from students and faculty members across the College. Topics ranged from the impact of toxins on reproductive function, to genetic bases for myopia in dogs, to parameters affecting mosquito populations in Chicago.

In addition to talks by College speakers, the annual Pensinger Lecture in Comparative Medicine was presented by Dr. Andrew M. Hoffman from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. At the end of the program, new members were initiated into the Phi Zeta veterinary honors fraternity. The day was supported in part by Merial and Pfizer Animal Health.

> See photos from Research Day 2012 on our Flickr photostream.

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James Lowe, DVM, Named 2012 Master of the Pork Industry

Dr. James LoweKudos to Dr. James Lowe, DVM IL '94, MS IL '04, on being named "2012 Master of the Pork Industry." Dr. Lowe, is currently a clinical instructor in the College's department of veterinary clinical medicine.

> Read more about Dr. Lowe.

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front of College of Vet Med

Reunions, continuing education, and more!

Mark your calenders for Fall Conference for Veterinarians, September 13-14.


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2012 Awards & Scholarships Celebration

awards & scholarships 2012On April 21, our College celebrated the recipients of this year's awards and scholarships, and recognized the generous donors that made them possible.

View the photos on our Flickr photostream.

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student thank you videoWatch as several of this year's awards and scholarship recipients say "thank you" to our donors for "supporting the future of veterinary medicine."

Watch the full version on on our YouTube Channel.

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