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“One medicine, one health” refers to the principle that the health of people, animals, and ecosystems are inextricably interconnected.

Later this month, the College’s new Center for One Medicine, One Health at the University of Illinois will convene a One Health Illinois Summit, which will bring together topical experts and policymakers from across the state to assess the current health needs of Illinois communities and consider feasible policy solutions to address those needs.

Four panels of experts will discuss the health of Illinois human, animal, and ecosystem communities, health inequalities in Illinois, trends regarding zoonotic and infectious diseases, and health policy initiatives for improving health in Illinois communities.

Those attending include Dr. Roger Mahr, former president of the AVMA and now leader of the One Health Commission; representatives from state agencies and state and federal legislative offices; and researchers from the three campuses of the University of Illinois. Dr. Paul Gibbs, a veterinary virologist and epidemiologist at the University of Florida, will set the stage for the summit with a talk entitled “One World, One Health: Who Pays?”

By the end of the two-day summit, we will have developed a blueprint for ways our College can make contributions with a real impact on the health of Illinois communities. Stay tuned. I will give an update on those plans—and how you can help—as this initiative unfolds.--Herb


Spotlight on Ines Carrera

Dr. Ines Carrera Dr. Ines Carrera, clinical assistant professor of veterinary clinical medicine, joined the diagnostic imaging team in mid-December 2009.

After receiving her master’s degree from the, Glasgow University School of Veterinary Medicine, she stayed on to complete a diagnostic imaging residency.

Dr. Carrera’s main interest is in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) modality, because it provides excellent soft-tissue contrast, and therefore, is extremely valuable in diagnosing diseases affecting the brain and spinal cord. MRI is also beneficial for musculo-skeletal system diagnoses and has an important potential for abdominal and cardiac abnormalities.

Soon she and others in the imaging services area will begin a collaboration with the University of Illinois’ Beckman Institute, which will give them access to 3 Tesla (or 3T) MRI.

While she works primarily with small animals, she hopes to increase her work with horses.

Dr. Carrera is available for consultations and can be reached through the imaging clinical coordinator at 217-244-2031.


We're Going West, Vet Med Alumni!

Join us for the Western Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception, February 15, from 7:30-9:30 at
Mandalay Bay South Pacific GH Room, Las Vegas, Nev
e-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for info.


Three Easy Ways to Get Involved

1. Know any future veterinarians? Bring them to Open House on Sunday, April 11, and help them explore the world of veterinary medicine.
2. Nominate a colleague or classmate for the 2010 Alumni & Special Service awards. Nominations are due May 1, 2010 and can be sent to: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Advancement Office, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802.
3. Send us your updates for our new alumni Web site. E-mail: advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu

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Do the Doodle!

owlJoin us for a gala and auction benefit featuring dozens of "doodles" from Jay Leno, Martin Sheen, and other celebrities at the Ninth Annual Doodle for Wildlife on March 6 and support our local wildlife and the veterinary students who care for them.  Get more info.

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Basic Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy, March 20-21, Urbana, Ill.

Feline Dentistry Lecture & Laboratory, April 18, Chicago, Ill.

Veterinary Technician Conference, April 24-25, Urbana, Ill.

New Implants for Old Problems: SOP Locking Plate System and Pancarpal Arthrodesis Using the Castless PCA Plate, May 15, Chicago, Ill.

Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy and Thorascopy, June 5-6, Urbana, Ill.

Canine Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, July 9-10, or August 6-7, Urbana, Ill.

Fall Conference for Veterinarians, September 9-10, Champaign, Ill.

Reptile Medicine Lecture and Laboratory, October 9-10, Urbana, Ill.

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


Open HouseOpen House 2010

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One World, One Health: Who Pays? February 23, 4:00 pm,
2271C Basic Sciences Building, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Ill. 61802.

The Domestic Dog A Genome with Two Tales. Presented by Dr. Matthew Breen, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina State University, March 1, 12:00 noon, Room 612, Institute for Genomic Biology, 1206 W. Gregory, Urbana, Ill.

Pet U: Learning to Care for Pets
This series, offered in both Urbana and Chicago, provides pet owners with information relevant to the daily care of their companion animals.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/petu/ for 2010 session information.


  • Open House, Sunday, April 11, from 10 am - 4 pm. (Note change of date and hours)

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