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This month the 120 members of the first-year class will make Illinois history.

With the debut of the new Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum, the Class of 2013 will spend the first eight weeks of the program engaged in the daily activities of clinical service areas such as anesthesiology, clinical toxicology/pharmacology, poultry medicine, dermatology, and shelter medicine.

Clinical Skills Learning CenterThey’ll also train in our new Clinical Skills Learning Center. There, with guidance from experienced veterinary technicians, students will use real equipment and realistic animal models to practice basic medical, surgical, diagnostic, and imaging techniques, learn animal restraint, and build a host of other skills.

(Click the thumbnail above to enlarge this sneak peek at the Clinical Skills Learning Center)

The remainder of the first year of the new curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in biological structure and function through courses that integrate basic science material with clinically relevant modules. An overview of the four-year curriculum can be found online

The goal throughout is to give students a solid foundation in the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes they’ll need as new graduates. I encourage all our alumni and friends to visit the Clinical Skills Learning Center during Fall Conference on September 10 and 11 and to support our new curriculum. Contact me at dean@vetmed.illinois.edu to find out how.--Herb


Referring DVM Meet 'n' Greet 'n' Eat

Mark Your Calendars for Hospital Happy Hour, C.E. on October 8

Set aside an hour or so at the end of the day on Thursday, October 8, to drive over to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for a good old-fashioned “meet and greet” with hospital clinicians, starting at 5 pm.

We’ll get the grill going and serve you some brats and burgers and beer. You can tour the hospital and the new Clinical Skills Learning Center that is a crucial component of our new curriculum.

Then head into the auditorium at 7 pm to earn one hour of free continuing education credit. The topic will be “Imaging and ER: How to Handle Pets in Respiratory Distress,” by Dr. Bob O’Brien, DACVR, and Dr. Mauria “Mo” O’Brien, DACVECC.

Please RSVP by October 1 to advancement @vetmed.illinois.edu or 217/333-2761 to reserve your spot.

Free parking will be available in the lot at the Basic Sciences Building, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana.   

This event will be sponsored by the Sidney Krock Radiology Lectureship Endowment and Universal Ultrasound.


What's New?
Send us for your updates for our new alumni Web site. E-mail: advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu

Hit the Greens for Vet Med...
Don't miss the 2009 Vet Med Alumni Golf Outing on September 9. E-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details.

And If You'd Rather Pamper than Putter...
Enjoy our new Spa Day Event (also on September 9) featuring a gourmet lunch followed by an hour of pampering! Choose 2 of 3 available services: manicure, pedicure, 30-minute massage. E-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details.

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Fall Conference for Veterinarians, September 10-11, 2009, Urbana, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/fallconf/ for more details.

Fish Medicine Lecture and Laboratory, October 24-25, 2009, Urbana, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/fish/ for more details.

Minimally-Invasive Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery Lecture and Laboratory, Chicago, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/cclsurgery/ for more details.



See what's happening at our new Chicago clinic.

Created by the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, Furnetic is more than a friendly neighborhood clinic; it's also a teaching clinic designed to help future veterinarians acquire the skills they need to manage a successful private urban practice. Read more.


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Fall Conference for Veterinarians, September 10-11, 2009.

Dr. Rex Hess Retirement Mini-Symposium, September 18, 2009, 9-5 p.m. at the I Hotel. E-mail cmanuel@illinois.edu for details.

R-DVM Meet 'n' Greet 'n' Eat. October 8, 2009 5 p.m.,E-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details.

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