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March 2014 Edition

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Dean Peter ConstableThe innovative Illinois veterinary curriculum continues to impress. On applicant interview day last month, the new curriculum was often cited by prospective students in an informal survey of their reasons for applying to Illinois. Soon the second class educated with the new integrated approach will complete their degrees, and we are beginning to gather data on the success of our graduates. Our current seniors did very well in the internship matching program, achieving an 89 percent success rate. Three of the 11 available ophthalmology residencies went to 2013 Illinois graduates. Overall, for residencies and internships in the 2014 matching program, Illinois ranked sixth among 34 participating colleges in successful matches for alumni. We are proud of all our graduates, and hope you assist us in spreading the news of the college’s leadership in veterinary education. Share your thoughts with me at

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Zoo medicine faculty member and Brookfield Zoo veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Langan was recently featured on Deanne DeMarco "Today's Inspiring Women Show." Dr. Langan shared stories about her work and described how she entered the field. Listen to the podcast.

While writing about the causes of heart disease for the journal Clinical Lipidology, comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow made a simple observation that “connected the dots” for him, he said. He noticed that, unlike other cholesterol-carrying molecules in the blood, LDL includes only a single apo-protein, called ApoB. And ApoB lacks the amino acid tryptophan. “LDL is not a marker of heart disease,” Kummerow said. “It’s a marker of ApoB.” And ApoB is a marker of a lack of tryptophan, he said. Read the full story.

Save the date for Dr. Fred Kummerow's Centennial Symposium Celebration, April 23, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, at the I Hotel and Conference Center. For more information, call 217-333-2761, or e-mail

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Mark ByramSecond-year veterinary student Mark Byrum has received an award which will allow him to complete and publish the canine osteosarcoma research he began in Dr. Tim Fan's lab during the college's 2013 Summer Research Training Program for Veterinary Students.

This new award, the Merial-National Institutes of Health Veterinary Scholars Symposium Award, is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Mark will present his work at the national symposium at Cornell University this August.

Third-year veterinary student Meaghan Pryde recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2014 Legislative Fly-in. Read the full story.

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raptor in flightOn April 6, lace up your running shoes and show your support for the Wildlife Medical Clinic. Choose one of Homer Lake's two scenic courses: a l0-mile/90+% trail course or a 4-mile/80% trail course. The Wildlife Medical Clinic's resident raptors will be on hand to serve as course marshals.

Register by March 31 and save $10 off the $45 registration fee. All proceeds go to support medical care of injured wildlife at the Wildlife Medical Clinic.

Learn more or register for Run Wild for Wildlife.

And save the date for Walk on the Wild Side, a dinner and auction fund-raiser benefiting the Wildlife Medical Clinic, to be held on Friday, May 2, at 6:00 pm at Pear Tree Estate, Champaign, Ill.

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Spotlight on New Reproductive Technology Short Course

On March 29, the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center will introduce a new Reproductive Technology Short Course, which will teach veterinarians how to use ultrasound equipment for pregnancy detection and fetal sexing in cattle. The program will include classroom presentations and extensive hands-on training.

Registration is open to veterinarians with prior experience in palpating the reproductive tract of cattle. Save $55 if you register by Sunday, March 16.

Learn more or register now.

Additional CE Offerings

  • April 24: Marijuana, Microbes, and Milk: Science and Public Health Policy, Chicago, Ill.
  • April 25: College Research Day, Urbana, Ill.
  • September 11-12: Fall Conference, Champaign, Ill.
  • Executive Veterinary Program Small Animal Ultrasound: Module 6, May 3-4, 2014
  • Carle One Community, One Medicine, One Health, Session II: Patient-Based Communicable Diseases: May 20, 2014

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