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With a focus on improving service to referring veterinarians while providing an environment that fosters clinical learning and scholarship, Dr. Fred Troutt, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, this month became interim director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

“We have an excellent faculty, and we will provide a top-notch Illini education for our students while practicing good fiscal responsibility,” he says.

Dr. Troutt previously served as the head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and of the hospital for 10 years, from 1989 to 1999. He recognizes the need to partner with veterinarians throughout the state to make our hospital the very best at patient care, service to referrers, clinical learning for students, and clinical discovery by faculty.

“Teaching and research are the reasons our hospital exists,” notes Dr. Troutt, “and we have to provide excellent service to referring veterinarians if we are to fulfill the hospital’s roles.”

To ensure that the hospital is providing outstanding service for referring veterinarians, Dr. Troutt welcomes constructive thoughts and insights. You can reach him at 217-265-6554 or VTHdir@vetmed.illinois.edu. Referral letters sent at the conclusion of each case will also include a link to a brief, online survey to rate the service.

And for those of you attending Fall Conference on September 9 and 10, please note the three sessions dedicated to dialog with clinical faculty in small animal medicine, small animal surgery/imaging, and equine medicine and surgery.--Herb


Meet Our New Teaching Hospital Interns!

They’re ambitious, animal-loving, athletic, and geographically diverse. Get to know the 11 new interns that joined us this summer.

Equine Interns:  Patricia Isabel Flores Cifuentes comes to Illinois all the way from Valparaiso City, Chile. She began riding horses at age six, received her veterinary degree from the University of Chile, and plans to practice primary care and equine reproduction. Rockord, Ill. native and avid horseback rider Ericka Dailing received her DVM from Illinois and one day plans to work as a general practitioner in a mixed small animal/equine practice.She is currently training her border collie Emma in rally obedience. Ashley Houtsma hails from Frankfort, Ill. While earning her DVM from Illinois, she was a four-year student member of AAEP.  Ashley plans to pursue a medicine residency.Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate Michael Miller grew up on and is now part owner of a Standardbred horse breeding farm in New York's Finger Lakes region. He plans to pursue a residency in Theriogenology.

Small Animal Interns: Louisiana native Nik Angelette earned his DVM at Louisiana State University and plans to pursue an oncology/surgery residency. In his spare time, he enjoys web design. Brazil native Luis Bolfer earned his DVM at the University of Tuiti of Parna, Brazil and plans to pursue a cardiology residency. Luis is a licensed pilot and, with his wife, is a pet parent to three cats, one dog and one tarantula named Matilda. Kentucky native and dog lover Emily Cottam received her DVM from Auburn University and plans to pursue an emergency and critical care residency. She enjoys hiking and backpacking.  

Sara Feirer earned her veterinary degree in her home state of Wisconsin. Her future plans include an oncology residency.  She enjoys running and is an equal opportunity cat and dog owner.  Illinois native Amy Somrak, another runner, earned her DVM degree in her home state and plans to pursue a dentistry residency. Her family includes one husband and four cats. Mountain biker/runner Daniel  MacArthur received his DVM degree from Michigan State University and looks forward to pursuing an internal medicine/exotics residency. Soccer-playing backpacker William Whitehouse earned his DVM degree in his home state at the University of Georgia and plans to pursue an internal medicine residency. 


Atlanta AVMA Alumni Reception

We're looking forward to seeing you at AVMA! Don't forget about our alumni reception on Monday, August 2, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the International 8 Room of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel located at 265 Peachtree Center Avenue.

Email advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details.

Get Ready for this Year's Fall Conference Fun

Tee up for the 2010 Vet Med Alumni Golf Outing on Friday, September 10. Register online or e-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details.

Be an Open House Mentor

Know any future veterinarians? Bring them to our fall Open House on October 3, 2010, and help them explore the world of veterinary medicine.

Alumni & Development Web site | Alumni site


Vet Report Summer 2010

Now Featuring Online Edition Extras!

Read about the careers of retired faculty members Dr. Ned Hahn and Dr. Rex Hess.



Hannover Germany, Summer 2010
Follow 12 Vet Med students as they study public health, food safety, infectious disease, and enjoy the sites.


Fall ConferenceRegistration, schedules, and speakers, oh my! Find out everything you need to know on our conference-at-a-glance website.


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Christine Beuoy
Director of Communications
College of Veterinary Medicine