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“What did you do on your summer vacation?”

Illinois veterinary students may answer that question in ways that surprise you.

About a dozen students are currently in Germany learning about careers in public health in an international context. This new study abroad program takes students to federal institutes involved in infectious disease control and food safety, a computer center that tracks food animals as part of European Union regulations, and a mobile unit that provides biosecurity laboratories in the field to handle disease outbreaks, among other places.

Nearly two dozen veterinary students are exploring biomedical research careers over the summer with faculty mentors from across the Urbana campus. By the end of the 10-week program each student will have written a research abstract and presented a poster describing their project at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium held in August at the University of Georgia. The Summer Research Training Program, now in its eighth year at Illinois, receives funding from Merial and the National Institutes of Health.

Brittany Way, in the Class of 2013, is participating in the summer research program through funding from the Morris Animal Foundation’s Veterinary Scholars Program. You can follow her blog as she studies the health of a population of Eastern box turtles near Oak Ridge, Tenn.

At the end of June, 21 high school students will visit our College as part of the Illini Summer Academies, a three-day event organized by the University of Illinois Extension State 4-H Office. They’ll get a taste of veterinary school and explore veterinary careers.

However you are spending your time, I wish you a safe, happy, and informative summer.—Herb


Canine Ear Infection Study Open for Enrollment

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital Dermatology Service is currently enrolling dogs for a study on topical enrofloxacin solutions. Dogs with non-seasonal bacterial otitis externa and an intact ear drum must be otherwise healthy and cooperative. Enrolled dogs will be provided with one of three solutions and asked to treat the affected ears every 12 hours. Treatment will continue one week past clinical resolution.

Contact Dr. Catherine Metry, dermatology resident, at 217.333-5541 or view further details online.


Upcoming Alumni Receptions

AVMA Reception
August 2, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, Georgia

Email advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for more information.

Hit the Greens for Vet Med

Vet Med Alumni Golf OutingDon't forget to mark your spot for the 2010 Vet Med Alumni Golf Outing on Friday, September 10. E-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details.

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Welcome to the Carapace Chronicles

The Carapce ChroniclesWith the supoprt of the Moris Animal Foundation Veterinary Scholars Program and her mentor, Dr. Matt Allender, visiting instructor in veterinary biosciences,Vet Med student Brittany Way is spending her summer studying the health of a population of Eastern Box turtles in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Follow her blog and keep up with her discoveries!.

91st Annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians

Fall ConferenceGet the scoop on this year's event, held Thursday, September 9, and Friday, September 10, including its new location (Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign, Illinois), CE opportunities and reunions.

Visit the Web site and remember online registration opens June 18!


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Christine Beuoy
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