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Illinois is where it’s at for prospective veterinary students.

Next week we will host more than 300 college students at the annual American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association national symposium. Last month 63 faculty, students, and alumni interviewed more than 300 prospective Illinois veterinary students to determine which would be invited to enroll this fall.

At this writing we anticipate offering the incoming Class of 2013 a creative new framework for the core curriculum in the DVM program when they arrive in August.

Our faculty deserve tremendous recognition for devising the new Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum, which integrates clinical and basic sciences throughout the four-year program (see diagram bleow). Unlike the prevailing model for veterinary education, this new curriculum allows veterinary students to tap into their passion for working with animal patients from Day 1 of the program. It grounds all instruction in clinical relevance.

It also gives students more control of their own education, with self-directed online modules, greater availability of elective courses, peer teaching, opportunities to develop mastery in a new Clinical Skills Learning Center, comprehensive milestone examinations in the second and third years to assess progress, and an eight-week “professional development” period before graduation.

We await the May University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting for final approval of the curricular change. If you have questions or comments, please contact me at dean@vetmed.illinois.edu.--Herb

Illinois Veterinary Curriculum
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New Equine Colic Package

Good news for equine veterinarians and horse owners.  This month, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital will introduce an equine colic package which will increase standards of care and reduce costs.

According to Dr. Pamela Wilkins, equine section head, the package has several benefits.  “It provides clients with an accurate cost for the initial work-up and stabilization, lets the referring veterinarians know exactly which tests are included, and it allows us to reduce the total cost.”

The package will include all emergency and initial examination fees, all initial blood work, an abdominal ultrasound, rectal examination, the first day ICU charges and initial sedation and pain medication charges, insertion of IV catheter and first 21 liters of fluid, and insertion of stomach tube and sampling and evaluation of abdominal fluid.  The total cost for all of these services is slightly less than $700.

The data from these comprehensive examinations will help clients determine the best treatment options, and allow for better estimates of what the eventual total cost for treatment might be. 

Equine colic package questions should be directed to the large animal clinic at 217-333-2000.  Referring veterinarians are welcome to contact Dr. Wilkins with any questions.

Additional equine packages, including a primary care package, for horses not seen by a referring veterinarian, and a lameness package, are currently in the works.

Read more about equine services.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Awards & Scholarships
May 2, 2009 | 11:30 am
I-Hotel, Champaign, Ill.

Be an Open House Mentor
Know any future veterinarians? Bring them to Open House on April 4, 2009, and help them explore the world of veterinary medicine.

And the Nominees Are...
It's not too early to think about who you'd like to nominate for the 2009 Alumni & Special Service awards. Nominations are due June 1, 2009.

Alumni & Development Web site | Download nomination forms


Mark Your Calendar!
Fall Conference is September 10-11. Reserve your hotel rooms now. Get more info at vetmed.illinois.edu/fallconf/

Please help us meet your educational needs by telling us what you’d like to see us plan.

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    Neuropeptidomics: From Discovery To Function . Dr. Lingjun Li , PhD School of Pharmacy & Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 16, 12:00 p.m., 2271C Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building.

    Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Pharmacology of Gabapentin in Horses. Dr. Levent Dirikolu,
    DVM, MVSc, PhD, Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, April 6, 12:00 pm
    2271C Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building.

    2009 Vet Med Open House, April 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  vetmed.illinois.edu/openhouse/

    Biomedtrix has scheduled a lecture with mini lab on SOP plates on April 29 at 5-8 p.m. for free.  They have been very generous in allowing, faculty, interns and residents to attend.  

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Christine Beuoy
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