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Need to access findings from the diagnostic lab in a hurry? Wonder who the expert on blastomycosis is in the teaching hospital? Or looking for information on the DVM program, earning online CE credits, or posting a position announcement?

College of Veterinary Medicine at IllinoisWe’ve put all these resources at the practitioners’ fingertips on a single Web page, the new Veterinarian’s Portal. Please check it out at http://www.vetmed.illinois.edu/4dvms/.

A key feature is the new Directory for Referring Veterinarians, a compendium of information about our clinical faculty, services, contact numbers, and more from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. (If you prefer print, you can request a hard copy of this directory by calling Peggy Olsen at 217-265-6588 or writing to

We hope you find this new resource useful. Please let me know how we can better serve you. Write to me at dean@vetmed.illinois.edu. – Herb


Climate Change Contributes to Serengeti Lion Die-offs

LionsAn international research team, including Dr. Karen Terio of the University of Illinois Zoological Pathology Program, has published the first clear example of how climate extremes can create conditions in which diseases that are normally tolerated singly may converge and bring about mass die-offs in wildlife. Read more on this study.

Polar Bears STAT

Dr. Jennifer Langan, our faculty member based full time at Brookfield Zoo, has contributed a chapter entitled "Polar Bears STAT" to Rhino with Glue On Shoes, edited by Lucy H. Spelman, DVM and Ted Y. Mashima, DVM.  The book was released on June 24. Read more about this book.

Veterinary Education Online Testers Needed

New courses and modules are in development for the College’s online continuing education program, Veterinary Education Online. This program offers high-quality, university-level continuing education courseware to veterinarians and licensed, certified, or registered veterinary technicians worldwide. As we continue to improve the VEO experience, there are currently nearly 25 new modules in development on the subjects of cytology, parasitology, emergency and critical care medicine, behavior, and toxicology.

Before these new modules can debuted to the public as continuing education courses, they must first be tested. If you are interested in serving as a tester, contact Mandy Barth in the Office of Public Engagement, mandyb@illinois.edu or 217/244-1561.

Testers must have access to a computer and an Internet connection. They will receive continuing education credit for the modules tested.

Pathobiology Residencies Available

Learn more about residency opportunities availlable in Anatomic Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Clinical Pathology.

New Clinical Trial

Do you have any clients whose dog suffers from arthritis? Learn more about this paid, noninvasive clinical trial in the orthopedic section of our clinical trials page.


FROM THE TEACHING HOSPITAL: Spotlight on Dr. Tiffany McFadden

Dr. Tiffany McFaddenPain management has always been a focus for Dr. Tiffany McFadden, visiting clinical instructor in emergency care and critical care. After receiving her DVM from Ross University she worked in emergency medicine for two years in Houston, Texas, and then in anesthesia for six months at Texas A&M University. She enjoys applying analgesia in a clinical setting.

Her current clinical research includes oxidative stress, treatment with antioxidants and nutraceuticals, and measuring decreases in oxidative stress in free catch urine samples. Her team is planning to assess oxidative stress in dogs with blastomycosis, in dogs and cats with arthritis, and in animals with cancer.

Dr. McFadden is the first of two intern supervisors who will work along with new DVMs (interns) in the evenings and weekends. As a teacher, she wants to help provide veterinary students with more "exposure to routine emergency cases in a clinical setting."

Dr. McFadden is available to answer emergency case questions through the veterinarian-only referral phone line at 217/333-5311.

Read more on Emergency and Critical Care.

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


DogRecent Pet Columns

Vaccines: What Cat Owners Need to Know

Keep Your Pets Safe All Summer Long

Break Out the Biofocals

Pet columns are archived on the Web where you can also subscribe to receive them by email as they are issued.

Listen to Pet Columns podcasts.

2008 Continuing Education Opportunities

  • Goat School on Artificial Insemination, August 9.
  • 89th Annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians, September 11-12.
  • Reptile Medicine Continuing Education Program, September 26-28.
  • Fish Medicine Continuing Education Program, November 15-16.



The Veterinary Teaching Hospital Is Coming to You

We've held events in Urbana and Springfield offering one hour of free C.E. along with free snacks and beverages. Interested in hosting an event in your area? Contact advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu or 217/333-276.



View our calendar for other events.

comments or questions? contact advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu

The College of Veterinary Medicine is located at 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, Ill. 61802