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We start the new year and new semester with significant achievements—and challenges.

In the past 6 months, two of the College’s highest-priority initiatives—a revised DVM curriculum and the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine—became realities. Our visionary and hard-working faculty, supported by dedicated staff and students, deserve kudos for the months and years spent developing and implementing these programs and for their ongoing commitment to sustaining these programs.

As we look to the years ahead, we face significant budgetary challenges. The financial woes of the state of Illinois will require the College to cut 3.65 percent from our budget in the current fiscal year and considerably more, likely in the neighborhood of 10 percent, or $2 million, in the fiscal year beginning in July.

These cuts will bring many changes, but our priorities will not change. Our top priority remains the quality of education for veterinary students. With the partnership of our alumni and the Illinois veterinary community, our faculty, students, and staff will continue to pursue our mission of teaching, research, and public engagement.

If you would like more information on our budget situation or would like to know how your gifts can make a difference for veterinary students and the work of the College, please contact me at dean@vetmed.illinois.edu.


Brush up on Your Surgery Skills with Our New CE Series

Our new "Basic Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy" course, held on March 20-21 in Urbana, is designed for veterinarians and their technicians, this course covers the basic principles of minimally invasive surgery techniques including different cannula types, placement techniques, and common placement sites for laparoscopy. Psychomotor skills will be developed using MIS training stations. The lab portion will include a laparoscopic exploratory and an ovariectomy/ovariohysterectomy on dogs using the LigaSureTM tissue sealing device. No previous training in minimally invasive surgery is needed. Technicians must register with a veterinarian; veterinarians can register as an individual.

Additional Upcoming Surgery Sessions:

New Implants for Old Problems: SOP Locking Plate System and Pancarpal Arthrodesis Using the Castless PCA Plate
May 15, 2010
Chicago, Illinois

Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopy and Thorascopy
June 5-6, 2010
Urbana, Illinois

For more information, visit http://vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/surgery/


Be an Open House Mentor
Know any future veterinarians? Bring them to Open House on Sunday, April 11, and help them explore the world of veterinary medicine.

And the Nominees Are...
It's not too early to think about whom you'd like to nominate for the 2010 Alumni & Special Service awards. Nominations are due June 1, 2010.

Donate to the Doodle: Auction Items Needed
Help support the Wildlife Medical Clinic by donating an item or service for our silent or live auction. Previous donations have ranged from pet dental services to vacation packages. For more information, call 217-333-2761 or e-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu.

What's New?
Send us your updates for our new alumni Web site. E-mail: advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu


Western Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception
February 15, 2010, 7:30-9:30
Mandalay Bay South Pacific GH Room, Las Vegas, Nev
e-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for info.

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Small Animal CE Series: Canine and Feline Dental Radiology, February 11, Chicago, Ill.

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

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

Veterinary Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, July 9-10 Urbana, Ill.

Veterinary Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, August 6-7, Urbana, Ill.

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

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

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


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(Re)Engineering Gene Delivery: Toward Construction of Artificial Viruses. Presented by Dr. Dan Pack, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois, February 1, 12 noon, Room 612, Institute for Genomic Biology, 1206 W. Gregory, Urbana.

Development of Polymeric Nanoconjugates for Cancer Treatment. Presented by Dr. Jianjun Cheng, Materials Science & Engineering, University of Illinois
February 8, 12 noon, Room 612, Institute for Genomic Biology, 1206 W. Gregory, Urbana.


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.

Horseman's Clinic, February 6, 2010, Urbana, Ill. Visit: vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/horseclinic/ for more details.


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Christine Beuoy
Director of Communications
College of Veterinary Medicine