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It’s a powerful combination that makes dreams come true: take more than 150 bright, dedicated veterinary students, and pair them with generous donors who can envision how these future professionals will improve our world, and who have the means to assist those students in achieving their goals. On Saturday more than 200 students and donors will celebrate together as we hold our annual scholarship luncheon. The total amount awarded is nearly $723,000. Twelve new scholarships have been funded this past year. In total, more than a dozen scholarships have been established by alumni, either individually or as a class. As we recognize the contributions made by both students and donors, I invite each of you to consider whether you would like to be part of the recipe for success for today’s veterinary student through scholarship support. To learn more, contact me at

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Three finalists for the position of dean at the College of Veterinary Medicine were announced through the Office of the Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The finalists will each present a public presentation, addressing the topic "Vision for a 21st Century College of Veterinary Medicine," as part of the campus interview process later this month.

> Read more about the finalists

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College Research Day, Friday, April 19

College Research Day will showcase a wide range of of faculty and student research and scholarship. In addition to the scheduled faculty talks and student presentations, the event will feature the Pensinger Lecture in Comparative Medicine, presented by Dr. Paul J. Hergenrother of the Department of Biochemistry at Illinois, speaking on “Protein Overexpression as a Personalized Target for the Treatment of Cancer.”

> Find out more about College Research Day

Welcome Dr. T.M. Valarmathi

Dr. ValarmathiDr. T.M. Valarmathi joined the Illinois faculty in early 2013 as a joint hire between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Medicine, with his academic home here in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. He will teach cardiovascular physiology in the professional curriculum of both schools. Dr. Valarmathi's research focuses on 3-dimensional cardiac stem cell culture techniques.

> Read more about Dr. T.M. Valarmathi

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"The Raw Facts" Coming to Urbana and Chicago

raw eggs The raw food diet trend has hit the veterinary nutrition world, brining with it a number of health and safety concerns. The Center for One Health Illinois will be hosting a free community forum on "The Raw Facts: Food Fads, Fears, Fables, and Safety," from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at the college, 2001 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana. "The Raw Facts," the third forum in the series entitled "One Health and You: News You Can Use," will be repeated on April 17 at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburbs. Find out more at

It's a (Wild) Baby Shower

baby rabbitHelp the Wildlife Medical Clinic get ready for a busy season! Come to Prairieland Feeds in Savoy on Sunday, April 21, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Meet local wildlife, learn about wildlife babies and show your support with gift cards from grocery, discount, feed, and office supply stores.

> Help spread the word by sharing the event on Facebook.

AVMA 2013: Sweet Home, Chicago

We can't wait to greet our college and ISVMA friends at the welcome center outside the exhibit hall in McCormick Place, Saturday, July 20, through Monday, July 22. Stop by the college exhibit and try out some of the innovative, hands-on models and mannequins from the Clinical Skills Learning Center in Urbana.

Chicago cruiseAnd don’t miss the alumni and friends reception on Monday, July 22, when we embark on the Escape Deck of the Mystic Blue ship for a two-hour cruise on Lake Michigan.

Register for the cruise at by Friday, July 5. Cost per person is $50 and includes a buffet dinner. Boarding begins at 6 pm on Navy Pier, and the cruise begins at 6:30 pm. Questions? Contact Beth Erwin at 217.333.9543 or

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Spring 2013 Veterinary Report The latest issue of Veterinary Report is on its way to your mailbox.





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The Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine is seeking a full-time, 100% (12 month basis) open rank (clinical or tenure-track) assistant, associate or full professor in veterinary small animal surgery.

Learn about our residencies and other employment opportunities.

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