Illinois Vet News


June 2013 EDITION


Chicago skiylineConnect with your college in Chicago! We hope to see many of you at the AVMA meeting next month. Faculty members who are presenting include Mark Mitchell, Laura Garrett, Amy MacNeil, Anne Barger, Levant Dirikolu, Duncan Ferguson, and more. We’ll also have staff in the Welcome Center and Exhibit Hall at McCormick Place. On Monday night join us for a Lake Michigan cruise and dinner. Keep reading for more details on how to register.--Herb

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Experience the Illinois Curriculum at the Chicago AVMA Convention

Experience the new Illinois Curriculum at the college booth in the AVMA Convention Exhibit Hall Saturday, July 20, through Monday, July 22. Explore some of the innovative, hands-on models and mannequins from the Clinical Skills Learning Center in Urbana. You can also chat with us at the Welcome Center, where we'll be joining our ISVMA friends.

Don't Miss the Boat--Register for the Alumni & Friends Cruise Today

cruise boat along Navy Pier, ChicagoDon't miss this chance to enjoy our two-hour evening cruise on Lake Michigan. Tickets are only $50 and include a buffet dinner. Seating is limited, so register now

You can also enter our Alumni & Friends Cruise Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free ticket. Simply "Like" IllinoisVetMedAlumni through your Facebook account, then fill out the entry form on the Sweepstakes tab. The lucky winner will be announced on July 8. Enter now

Get a Head Start on the Fall Conference Fun

It's never too soon to start planning for the 2013 Fall Conference fun. Mark your calendar for:

  • Alumni Awards Dinner, Thursday, September 19
  • Class Reunion Kick-Off, Friday, September 20
  • Veterinary Medical Alumni Association Golf Outing, Lake of the Woods Golf Course, Mahomet, Ill., Saturday, September 21. To mark your spot for the golf outing, visit

Looking for a Few Good Mentors

Our Veterinary Career Partnership Program (VCPP) offers you the chance to share your experiences and knowledge with our veterinary students as they progress through the degree program and begin their careers. To learn more, visit

> Connect with the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association on Facebook.

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Drug Allergies in Pets

Dr. Sidonie Lavergne, assistant professor of pharmacology, comparative biosciences, is currently investigating the type and occurrence of drug allergies in pets. "There really are no physiological differences between humans and pets as far as drug allergies go," Lavergne says. "Animals probably have just as many reactions as people do. "

Dr. Lavergne is available to provide consultations to veterinarians who need help managing a patient with a life-threatening reaction or a previously undiagnosed drug allergic reaction.

> Read more about Dr. Lavergne's work on drug allergies in pets.

Cellphone Technology Can Help Horses' Recovery

Dr. Stuart Clarke-Price with horseDr. Stuart Clark-Price, assistant professor, veterinary clinical medicine, is leading a multi-university study examining how accelerometers, the motion-sensitive recorders found in smartphoners, can help horses recover from surgery more quickly.

> Read more about how cell phone technology can help horses' recovery


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Dr. Matt Wallig, professor of comparative pathology, was the first recipient of the Society of Toxicologic Pathology's 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award, in recognition of the many toxicologic pathologists he has trained and mentored during his 26 year career at the University of Illinois.

Dr. Karie Vander Werf, a resident in large animal emergency and critical care, helped organize a drive for items to help horses, pets and their owners affected by the recent Oklahoma tornado.

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bobcat cubThe two orphaned baby bobcats who were recently treated at the Wildlife Medical Clinic have headed to the TreeHouse Wildlife Center, a rehab center near Alton, Ill. where they will receive specialized care. "They came in thin, dehydrated, hungry and full of intestinal parasites, and they are now fat and healthy," observed veterinary student and clinic co-manager Nicki Rosenhagen.

> Read more about the bobcat cubs' journey or watch the students who cared for them wish them "goodbye and good luck."

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Oskee Bow Wow, September 25, 2013

King Charles Cavalier spaniel dressed as gnomeSave the date for Oskee Bow Wow, a party for pets and their people, to be held at the University of Illinois President's House on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 for people; $10 for pets.

All proceeds will support the Humane Connection Fund, which makes it possible for clinicians to go the extra mile in treatment of animal companions in order to benefit both patients and their owners who may have limited means.

> For more information about Oskee Bow Wow, visit or call 217/333/2761.

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The Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine is seeking a full-time, 100% (12 month basis) open rank (clinical or tenure-track) assistant, associate or full professor in veterinary small animal surgery.

Learn about our residencies and other employment opportunities.

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