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Brilliant Future CampaignWe made our list. We checked it twice (or more). Later this month we’ll send our list in our Veterinary Report publication to every alumnus and current donor.

As the semester and the year draw to a close, it’s time to publicly thank all the individual and organizational donors from the previous fiscal year, as well as our alumni association board members, mentors, and hospital volunteers. Please review our “honor roll” when you receive your copy of Veterinary Report to be sure you are listed correctly.

With your help, our College is making “brilliant futures” possible for animals and their owners and for new generations of veterinary and biomedical scientists. -- Herb

P.S. See below for details on year-end giving.

Only 21 More "Giving" Days This Tax Year

Please note that the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Advancement will be closed from 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23, until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 5.

If you would like to make a 2008 year-end gift by credit card, please visit our online giving Web site at:  Your gift must be posted to the Web site by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 31 to receive a 2008 tax receipt. Credit card gifts received by mail must be received by our office by December 23 to receive a 2008 tax receipt. If you have questions or would like to make a credit card gift over the phone, please contact us at 217/333-2762.

Gifts via check must be postmarked by December 31 to receive a 2008 tax receipt. If you would like to make your contribution via electronic transfer or if you have any giving questions over the holiday, please call the University of Illinois Foundation at 217/333-0810 for assistance.



Announcing the Eighth Annual Doodle for Wildlife: New Date, New Location

Doodle for WildlifeThis year's Doodle for Wildlife, benefiting the Wildlife Medical Clinic, will be held March 7, 2009, at the new I Hotel on the University of Illinois campus. Save the date and stay tuned for more details.

Want to help make "Eight" great? Find out how you can sponsor one of our experience packages or vacation getaways. Contact Heather Nelson-Zorn at 217-265-0210,


Embryonic Sexual Development

Veterinary biosciences professor Humphrey Yao and graduate student Chia-Feng Liu found that a gene essential to the development of many organs is also vital to female, but not male, sexual development.  Read the full story.


Honor a Loved One with a Holiday Gift

Holiday GivingLet us help you simplify your holiday gift giving for your friends and loved ones with a gift to the College in their honor.

Make an online gift now or view our holiday e-card at


Take a Sneak Peak at the New Issue of Vet Report

The Fall-Winter 2008 issue of Veterinary Report is now available on online in pdf format. Please note that this year's donor list will only appear in the print version.


Dr. Kara LascolaMeet Dr. Kara Lascola

Despite the weather, Dr. Kara Lascola, clinical assistant professor of veterinaryclinical medicine, is glad to be back in the Midwest. Before receiving her veterinary degree from Tufts University, Dr. Lascola earned a master’s degree in biological anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following both a large animal internal medicine internship and residency at Tufts, she stayed on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship with special emphasis on pulmonary physiology, lung injury and lung regeneration. She is boarded in large animal internal medicine.

Dr. Lascola joined the Illinois faculty in November. She will work with Dr. Pamela Wilkins to
establish a program in pulmonary testing to evaluate poorly performing horses, whether race horses, competitive horses, or pleasure horses. This service should be available late winter or early spring. Dr. Lascola is looking forward to her clinical instruction duties and to working with residents.

Read more about Dr. Lascola.

Note: Illinois VetNews features a VTH clinician or clinical coordinator each month.




Upcoming Alumni Receptions

  • January 18, NAVC Alumni Reception, Orlando, Fla.

E-mail for more information.


Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Awards & Scholarship Celebration Date Change

The 2009 Awards & Scholarships Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 2.

View our calendar for other events

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