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February 2014 Edition

Interview Day candidates



Dean Peter Constable

My first month as dean has been an invigorating period of getting reacquainted with Illinois people and programs and learning about the college’s recent advances and transformative plans for the future. Last week I had the privilege of serving on one of the interview teams that met with more than 360 prospective members of the Illinois Class of 2018. I’ve also enjoyed talking with alumni who attended receptions in Orlando and Las Vegas. I’d like to thank everyone—and especially the faculty, students, and staff who keep the college ticking every day—for sharing their enthusiasm, their candor, and most of all their commitment to working together to make Illinois a leader in its field. I am excited about the outlook for our college and for the veterinary profession. What excites you about the college’s future? Share your thoughts with me at

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News-Gazette pagesOn Sunday, February 2, the teaching hospital was featured in a multi-page story in the News-Gazette which described the range of 2000+ procedures offered. Several recent cases were highlighted, including the story of Freeway, a pit bull-boxer mix with aggressive bone cancer in the front of his face who underwent a lifesaving maxillectomy surgery, performed by cancer surgeon Dr. Laura Selmic.


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Dr. Stuart Clark-Price, veterinary clinical medicine, has achieved full certification in veterinary acupuncture. Dr. Clark-Price recommends acupuncture as "an effective therapy for pain management in dogs with chronic pain, such as arthritis," and notes that it "can be used in combination with Western medicine." Conditions for which acupuncture is commonly practiced in dogs include hip dysplasia and intervertebral disk disease. It is also used for pain management after orthopedic surgery.

Dr. John Herrmann

Dr. John Herrmann, director of the DVM/MPH program and the Center for One Health Illinois, is the recipient of the 2014 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award. Given to current or former faculty, staff, or students at an Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges member institution, this award recognizes leadership in public policy that advances veterinary medical education and success in advocating for veterinary medical education on a national or international scale. Read the award announcement.


Endoscopy lab in Leipzig, GermanyDr. Brendan McKiernan, teaching hospital director and small animal internal medicine specialist, recently spoke at the 7th Leipzig Veterinary Medicine Conference in Germany, where he met with pioneering veterinary respiratory expert, Dr. Gerhard Oechtering. Dr. McKiernan also co-facilitated an endoscopy workshop at the University of Leipzig's Small Animal Clinic and later presented a seminar to the faculty, house officers and students.



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microsurgeryDr. Heidi Phillips is now offering individualized, intensive microsurgery training for veterinary surgeons and surgery residents, M.D. residents, fellows, practicing physicians and other allied medical professionals, laboratory animal veterinarians and researchers who perform surgical procedures, including catheterization, on laboratory animals. Enrollment is limited to three members per course.

Course topics include use of the operating microscope, dissection and cannulation of arteries and veins in the rat, end-to-end and end-to-side arterial and venous anastomoses as well as interpositional grafts and free tissue transfer, nerve transection and anastomosis, rodent anesthesia and monitoring, and humane treatment and euthanasia.

Get more information about microsurgery training.

To indicate your interest in an upcoming session, please email, or call 217-333-2907.

Coming Soon: Read more about Dr. Heidi Phillips in the next issue of rvetILLINOIS.

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  • Run Wild for Wildlife, Sunday, April 6, 9:00 am, Homer Lake, Homer, Ill.
  • Walk on the Wild Side, Friday, May 2, 6:00 pm, Pear Tree Estate, Champaign, Ill.

For more information, call 217-333-2761, or e-mail

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