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Classes started on Monday. It’s great to welcome our returning veterinary students and the incoming Class of 2014.

Our newest class – the second to enter the Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum – contains 98 women and 22 men, of whom 92 are from Illinois. Eighty percent of the class is between 21 and 25 years old, while nearly 10% is age 30 or older. They come to us with undergraduate degrees in fields ranging from animal sciences, zoology, and other biological sciences to anthropology, art, English, finance, and geology.

Nearly one-third did their earlier studies on the Urbana campus. Other Illinois institutions attended include Augustana College, Blackburn College, Eastern Illinois University, Lake Forest College, and Southern Illinois University, among others. We also have students from as far away as the University of Florida, the University of Hawaii, the University of Idaho, and Pennsylvania State University.

I want to thank the faculty, staff, and upperclassmen who organized an amazing orientation week for this new class. Ninety-six of our incoming first-years participated in a day-long Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience last Wednesday. Two days of orientation followed, and the Blue Coat Ceremony, held on Sunday, was well attended by the students’ families and friends.

Best wishes for a productive semester to all our students, faculty, and staff.--Herb


The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Graves, associate professor of veterinary clinical medicine, has been named as the new director of the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine/Furnetic, effective September 20, 2010.

In addition to his responsibilities in Chicago, Dr. Graves will continue his activities in teaching and departmental leadership in Urbana.

Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice, who has served as interim director since the Center’s inception in 2009, will be returning to private practice. “The College gratefully acknowledges Dr. LoGiudice,” says Dean Herb Whiteley, “for her excellent leadership in guiding the Chicago Center and Furnetic during the formative stages of the program.”

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Alumni & Special Service Award Winners Announced

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association will present five Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards and a Special Service Award on September 9, 2010, during the annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians.

Find out who this year's winners are.

Hit the Greens With Us

Tee up for the 2010 Vet Med Alumni Golf Outing on Friday, September 10. There's still time to register online or e-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details.

Save the Date for Oskee "Boo" Wow

Mark your calendars for the spooktacular event of the season. Oskee Boo Wow, a masquerade for pets and their people, will be held on October 21, 2010, at the College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana. Stay tuned for more details.

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Vet Med Open House Moves to October

Different season. Same great event. And you won't want to miss this opportunity to tour our Clinical Skills Learning Center.

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Current Clinical Trials

Funded clinical trial seeks dogs with confirmed splenic HSA (post-splenectomy) without significant organ dysfucntion or concurrent diseases to study the efficacy and safety of masitinib alone or in combination with doxorubicin for the treatment of canine splenic hemangiosarcoma. View full protocol

Funded study seeks clinically healthy dogs with non-seasonal bacterial otis externa to compare the efficacy of enroflaxin with a TrizEDTA or TrizChlor base solution. Call 217-333-5541 to learn more about drug withdrawal times and other requirements.

Read the full list of current clinical trials


spider rock crabPunta San Juan 2010

Follow Dr. Matt Allender as he partners with the Chicago Zoological Society on their conservation leadership project.


Fall ConferenceDon't forget to attend our research update and feedback sessions.

September 9:

11:00-11:50 am: Equine Focus
1:00-1:50 pm: Small Animal Surgery Focus

Friday, September 10:
1:00-1:50 pm: Small Animal Medicine and ER Focus

Get more info or register online.

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Reptile Medicine Lecture & Laboratory, October 9-10, 2010, College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Ill.

Canine Knee Weekend; Arthroscopy and Minimally Invasive Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery, November 20-21, 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

SOP Locking Plate System and Pancarpal Arthrodesis Using the Castless PCA Plate, December 4, 2011, Hawthorne Animal Hospital, Glen Carbon, Ill.

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

Introducing the Executive Veterinary Program in Small Animal Ultrasound.

Get the details online or email ope@vetmed.illinois.edu for more info.

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Christine Beuoy
Director of Communications
College of Veterinary Medicine