August 2013 EDITION

Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience


Get to Know the Class of 2017

This week we welcomed the 123 members of the Class of 2017. The majority—108—are women, and 89 are Illinois residents; non-residents hail from Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and elsewhere. Most are between 21 and 25 years old, and all but 10 hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees. Their undergraduate majors include anthropology, biochemistry, finance, integrative biology, journalism, psychology and zoology. And they come to us from a wide range of academic institutions including Illinois, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Yale. Last week, many participated in team-building and other activities through the daylong Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience.

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Peter D. Constable Named Dean

Dr. Peter ConstableMissed our announcement about the college's new dean?

Find more about Peter Constable, who'll become the seventh dean of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine this January.


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Study of Plastics' Impact on Human Development Funded for 5 Years

Dr. Jodi Flaws and Dr. Sue SchantzA University of Illinois research program that studies the impact of exposure to chemicals widely used in plastics has received a five-year, $8 million grant as part of the Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers program, jointly funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

"This new grant will allow the center to expand and extend the research we've been doing over the past three years," said Dr. Susan Schantz, director of the center and professor of environmental toxicology in the Department of Comparative Biosciences. "While still focusing on BPA and phthalates, the research going forward will address two additional compounds: triclosan, used in antibacterial products, and parabens, commonly found in cosmetics, sun screens, and shampoos." > Read more

Center for One Health Illinois Hosted Second Summit

On August 1, 2013, The Center for One Health Illinois held its second One Health Illinois Summit. Experts from academia, government, and the private sector presented updates on and discussed the current health of Illinois human, animal and ecosystem communities; efforts to develop an integrated health surveillance system; current and recent One Health research projects; trends regarding zoonotic and infectious diseases; and current and potential health policy initiatives. > Read the summit outcomes.

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Small animal orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tisha Harper has completed  the BioMetrix Universal Hip Certification Program, which enables her to offer total hip replacement surgeries.

This cementless "press-fit" hip replacement system depends on an initial tight fit and then bony in-growth, over the long term, to provide stability to the joint. Read more about this procedure.

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Fall Conference registration deadline is September 2

This year's highlights include:

  • Pre-conference National Veterinary Accreditation Program classes (Wednesday afternoon)
  • Business management track
  • Small animal neurology track
  • Feline internal medicine tracks with Drs. Alice Wolf and Tom Graves
  • Neurology exam workshop
  • Esophageal feeding tube placement workshop

Find out more or register today.

Stay for the Fall Conference Golf Outing

Vet Med Golf OutingAfter your CE sessions are done, hit the Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomet on Saturday, September 21. All proceeds support student and alumni activities.

> Learn more or register for the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association Golf Outing
Stay in the loop for all the Fall Conference updates. Connect with the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association on Facebook.

Oskee Bow Wow 2013, Wednesday, September 25

Oskee Bow Wow 2013Oskee Bow Wow, the posh pet party for a good cause, is the purrfect place to show off your Illini-spirit. Your animal companion could claim the best Illini-themed costume at this year's contest. Competition categories also include best pet duo/group, most talented, and best runway walk. Check out the photos from last year's event.

Enjoy beverages and gourmet treats for humans and canines from 5:30-7:00 pm at the University of Illinois President's House on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 for people; $10 for pets. All proceeds will support the Humane Connection Fund.

> Mark your spot for Oskee Bow Wow at, or call 217.333.2761.

Vet Med Open House, Sunday, October 6

Vet Med Open House 2013The 2013 College of Vet Med Open House is a great opportunity to give a future veterinarian a behind-the-scenes look at the world of veterinary medicine.

Get the scoop on all the demos and exhibits and check out slideshows and videos from past events on our Vet Med Open House website.



Dr. Tom Graves to Discuss Pet Obesity at Illini Center Chicago, October 29

On Tuesday, October 29, Dr. Tom Graves, professor of veterinary clinical medicine and director of the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine/Furnetic, will discuss the growing problem of pet obesity and what implications it holds for human health at the Illini Center Chicago, 200 South Wacker Drive, Chicago.

This luncheon presentation will run from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Registration is required and space is limited. The $15 fee includes an upscale box lunch. Use the promo code “IllinoisVetMed” and receive a $5 discount. Register now

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FEATURED BLOG: International Vet Med

Vet Med Students Travel to Tanzania

A group of Illinois veterinary students recently traveled to Tanzania for a spay/neuter clinic.

Read about their experiences on their blog.

See where else are our students have been.


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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 employment opportunities.

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