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Ninety-five newly minted Illinois veterinarians will march across the stage in Urbana on Sunday. Shortly thereafter they’ll disperse to careers and locations as varied as the profession allows.

Erin LongValedictorian Erin Long received her commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps last month. She’ll begin an internship at the Military Working Dog Veterinary Service in San Antonio, Texas. Another 2009 graduate pursuing a military career, Erika Stapp, administered the oath to Erin at the commissioning ceremony at left.

Other graduates will be entering internships in small animal surgery and medicine, emergency medicine and critical care, or equine medicine and surgery in hospitals from California to New Jersey, Wisconsin to Texas to Florida. One is staying for an internship at our College.

The first students to enter the joint DVM/ master’s in public health degree program will be heading to Chicago to finish their course work and field experience for the MPH.

Among those heading directly into practice, interests encompass small animal, exotics, shelter medicine, swine, beef cattle, ambulatory, mixed practice, and more. Still others will pursue laboratory animal medicine, research, and oncology.

Many of our graduates will remain in our state, in Chicago and the suburban area as well as in Arthur, Roseville, and Peru. Those venturing farther afield are destined for Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and points between.

We proudly salute this year’s graduating class. Wherever their careers may lead, they remain ambassadors of the University of Illinois and respected colleagues in the veterinary profession.--Herb


Ugandan Monkeys Harbor Evidence of Infection with Unknown Poxvirus

This is the first effort to screen Ugandan red colobus monkeys for orthopoxviruses, said Tony Goldberg, professor of pathobiology and lead author on the study. Read the full article about the red colobus monkey study.

Humboldt PenguinsVet Med in the Field

This trip is the third time Dr. Jennifer  Langan, faculty member and veterinarian at Brookfield Zoo and Dr. Mike Adkesson, Class of 2004, who is completing his zoo medicine residency at the St. Louis Zoo,  have traveled to Punta San Juan reserve for a health assessment project focused on conserving the endangered Humboldt penguin.

Check out Dr. Langan's Humboldt Penguin Conservation blog.

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@uiuc.edu or 217/244-1561.

Testers must have access to a computer and an Internet connection. The College will provide all testers with instructions about how to access and complete the process, as well as the continuing education credit associated with the modules tested.

The Next Best Thing to Being There

Open House 2008Missed any of our April events: Open House, Awards and Scholarships Celebration, or Doodle for Wildlife?

View our latest event slideshows and experience the next best thing to being there.

FROM THE TEACHING HOSPITAL: Spotlight on Dr. Jackie Wypij

Jackie  Wypij Life is about to change for Dr. Jackie Wypij, teaching associate in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. This summer she completes her residency and joins the faculty. In her new role, she looks forward to taking on more responsibilities in teaching, research, and community service.

And, on a personal note, she hopes to have the time and space to adopt a dog (or two) to join her three cats.

Dr. Wypij is currently working on the anti-angiogenic effects of targeted anti-cancer drugs and is particularly interested in cancer at the molecular level and bridging the gap between basic science research and clinical application for pets.

The oncology group is currently enrolling patients in a clinical trial for canine osteosarcoma. For more information, visit http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/vth/MedServices/ClinicalTrial/ClinicalTrials.html

Dr. Wypij is available for questions about cancer in dogs and cats, with a primary emphasis on diagnosis and treatment. She can be reached through the oncology clinical coordinator at 217/244-7789.

Read more on the UI Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Cancer Care Clinic

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


Recent Pet Columns

CatDoes Fido Really Need that Vaccine?

Making the Move with Fluffy and Fido

Please Mom (Or Dad) Don't Go!

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


And the Nominees Are...

Make your nominations for the 2008 alumni awards. Download nomination forms online or e-mail advancement@cvm.uiuc.edu. Read a list of our previous winners.

Let Your Vet Med Spirit Keep You Warm at Night

Vet Med AfghanThese lovely blue and ivory afghans feature images from the College's history including the Round Dairy Barns, the first Veterinary Medicine building from 1948, the Wildlife Medical Clinic, Dr. Moolittle, and more. 

Makes a great graduation gift! All proceeds support the Auxiliary to the ISVMA Scholarship Fund, which provides annual scholarships for outstanding DVM students at the College. Find out how to order from our Shop Vet Med site.

Save the Date for the 2008 Fall Conference Golf Outing!

2007 Golf OutingMark your calendar for Wednesday, September 10. The 2008 Gof Outing, sponsored by the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, will be held at the UI Orange Course, Savoy, Ill. E-mail advancement@cvm.uiuc.edu for details.

View the 2007 Golf Outing slideshow and relive the fun --and the great weather!

  • Graduation, May 11, Urbana, Ill.
  • AVMA Alumni Reception, July 21, New Orleans, La. E-mail advancement@cvm.uiuc.edu for details.
  • Vet Med Alumni Association 2008 Fall Conference Golf Outing, September 10, Savoy, Ill. E-mail advancement@cvm.uiuc.edu for details.

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