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class reunionConnect. Learn. Celebrate. Enjoy. For Illinois veterinarians, the college's annual Fall Conference calls you to do all these, for a pretty affordable price.

I relish seeing so many alumni and friends swapping stories, catching up, and taking home the latest in practice-focused C.E. from our world-class faculty and special speakers.

It's happening here in less than a month, so I urge you to check out the offerings and make your reservations today. Hope to see you in September.--Herb

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The Don't-Miss List

1. Choose from sessions in nine different tracks, ranging from food animal, equine, diagnostics, cardiology, ophthalmology, feline practice, and more.

2. Attend sessions with the newest members of our faculty:

  • "Respiratory manifestations of neurologic disease," with Dr. Devon Hague, neurology
  • "Breed Specific Diseases, Abnormalities, and Associated Treatments," with Dr. Amy Kubier, small animal internal medicine
  • "Brachycephaliac airway obstructive syndrome," with Dr. Heidi Phillips, surgery
  • "Feline constipation, obstipation, and megacolon," with Dr. Stanley Rubin, small animal internal medicine

3. Experience hands-on learning opportunities in canine and feline dentistry, cytology, and dermatology.

4. Thursday night, connect with old friends and colleagues at the Class Reunion Kick-off and then applaud the achievements of your fellow alumni at the 2012 Alumni Awards Presentation. This year's winners of the Dr. Small Distinguished Alumni Award are:

  • Dr. Bill Augustine, DVM 1975
  • Dr. Bob Hatch, DVM 1967
  • Dr. Jimmy Jones, DVM 1963
  • Dr. George Richards, DVM 1967

The 2012 Special Service Award will go to the Champaign County Humane Society. Kudos to all of this year's winners.

2011 golf outing5. Hit the greens at the annual Golf Outing at 1:30 pm on Friday. And, if you're heading to the Illinois vs. Charleston Southern football game on September 15, start the party early at our 9 am tailgate. 



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Dr. Matthew Allender in Scientific American: "I’ve never seen anything like this in wild snakes before. Nor has anyone else. In almost all organisms, fungi are opportunistic pathogens that attack compromised immune systems."
> Read Dr. Allender's full interview

Dr. Karen Campbell, in the Chicago Tribune's My Pet World: "A dog can be allergic to all the same things we can...from mold to even another pet."
> Read Dr. Campbell's full interview

Dr. Gail Scherba in the Chicago Tribune on the strain of flu being spread by contact with pigs at summer fairs: "It's not that bad if people take proper precautions."
> Read Dr. Scherba's full interview.

> Read more about our faculty in the news.

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Save the Date for the 2012 Combined Class Reunions

Combined class reunions for the Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, and 1972 will be held October 11-12. For more information, e-mail

I RunPaint Chicago Orange at the September 16 I Run Chicago and Team Challenge

This new competitive 8K & 5K fund raising event supports scholarships for Fighting Illini student athletes. While open to all runners, UI alumni and college units are encouraged to form "Team Challenge" running teams of at least five runners.

> Learn more about the "I" Run

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Dr. Melissa ClarkDr. Melissa Clark , department of comparative bioscienes, passed her veterinary clinical pharmacology board certifying exam and will continue on to complete her PhD in pharmacology after 3 years in the clinical pharmacology residency program. Her residency training was supervised by Dr. Duncan Ferguson, with support from Drs. Dirikolu and Lavergne. Read more about Dr. Clark's work.

Dr. Lorrie Hale-Mitchell and Connie Arnold  showcased teaching models from our Clinical Skills Learning Center at the recent an August conference on veterinary clinical skills and simulation in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Dr. M. HoenigDr. Margarethe Hoenig, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, received the Oxford Laboratories Award at the recent Society for Comparative Endocrinology/ACVIM meeting in New Orleans, in recognition of excellence in the advancement of knowledge concerning small animal endocrinology.


Dr. Edward Hoover (DVM 1967) received the 2012 Merial-AAVMC Excellence in Research award.

Dr. Dongwan Yoo, professor of pathobiology, was an invited lead speaker for the Virology and Viral Disease session at the 22nd biennial International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) in Korea in June.

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