Illinois Vet News




Dean Herb Whiteley at CommencementFor the 117 members of the Class of 2013, Sunday's commencement ceremony marked the culmination of a cherished dream, an important milestone in their veterinary careers. The class was made up of 93 women and 24 men; 96 were Illinois residents. Their aspirations will lead them to mixed animal practices in the state, to public health careers, to internships and specialization in a variety of fields. As we celebrated the achievements of these individuals, the college also acknowledged a significant milestone: their graduation represented the full delivery of our new veterinary curriculum, which has been hailed by members of the AVMA Council on Education and other leaders in the field as an innovative model. I invite you to join me in congratulating the Class of 2013, pioneers of the new Illinois curriculum, and to refresh your knowledge of what makes this curriculum unique. --Herb

> See what our students are saying about the Illinois veterinary curriculum.


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Get Your Hands on Our Curriculum at the Chicago AVMA Convention

Stop by the college booth in the AVMA Convention Exhibit Hall, Saturday, July 20, through Monday, July 22, and try out 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.

Set Sail for the AVMA Convention Alumni Reception

This year our annual AVMA Convention Alumni Reception is hitting the Escapade Deck of the Mystic Blue to enjoy a two-hour evening cruise on Lake Michigan. The Alumni & Friends Cruise will also feature a buffet dinner. Tickets are only $50 a piece. 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

Veterinary Medical Alumni Association Golf Outing

Get ready to hit the greens for the 7th Annual Veterinary Medical Alumni Golf Outing on Saturday, September 21. All proceeds support student and alumni activities. Family and friends are welcome too. Get the details, or register now.

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Teaching Hospital Earns New Trauma Center Designation and Three-Year Reaccreditation

vet and dogThe University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital is one of nine U.S. veterinary hospitals and clinics to be designated as a "veterinary trauma center" by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. This designation recognizes expertise and facilities that enable the management of every aspect of care for the small animal trauma patient, from emergency stabilization through medical and surgical care and rehabilitation. Read more about our new trauma center designation.

The teaching hospital has also been re-accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) after a site visit to the hospital on April 25. "We are proud to be among the 12% of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada that are AAHA-accredited,” says hospital director Dr. Brendan McKiernan. In order to receive AAHA accreditation, veterinary hospitals must meet more than 900 standards that represent the best practices in veterinary care and hospital management. Read more about our AAHA reaccreditation.

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"Of Pugs, Pigs, and Pandas" Coming to Urbana and Chicago

The Center for One Health Illinois will be hosting a free community forum on animal welfare featuring experts on companion, farm animal, lab animal and zoo animal care. Entitled "Of Pugs, Pigs, and Pandas: Animal Welfare at Home, Farm, Lab, and Zoo," the forum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana. This forum, the fourth in a spring 2013 series entitled "One Health & You: News You Can Use," will be repeated on May 22 at Brookfield Zoo in the Chicago suburbs, also from 7 to 9 pm.

> Read more about "Of Pugs, Pigs, and Pandas."

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Dr. Amelia White, dermatology resident and graduate student in veterinary clinical medicine, received the Bayer American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) Resident Research Award for Best Basic Science Research Abstract Presentation.

Dr. Karen Campbell, veterinary clinical medicine, received the 2013 ACVD Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Education.

Kudos to the 2013 American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Student Case Report Contest Winners

  • Renee Seager, Class of 2013, took second place in the food animal category with "An Unusual Presentation of Pericarditis in a Holstein Heifer."
  • Shannon McGill, Class of 2013, took third place in the food animal category with "Hydroallantois in a Four -Year-Old Milking Shorthorn Cow."
  • Theresa Grandys, Class of 2013, took second place in the companion animal category with "Concurrent hyperparathyroidism and chronic renal failure in a Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pig (Sus scrofa)."

Congratulations, 2013 College Research Day Award WinnersJackye Peretz

  • Jackye Rae Peretz, research associate in comparative biosciences, pictured at right, received the award for best poster presentation and won the J.O. Alberts Award for excellence in research and scholarship.
  • Ayelet Ziv-Gal, graduate research assistant, and Wei Wang, fellow, both in comparative biosciences, received the awards for best oral presentations.
  • Mingyuan Han, graduate research assistant in pathobiology, received the Paul B. Doby Award for conducting outstanding infectious disease research applicable to food animals.

Kudos to the 2013 Awards and Scholarships Recipients

  • 279 students received $722,000 in scholarship support.
  • Eleven members of the Class of 2013 and nine members of the Class of 2014 were inducted into the Mu Chapter of Phi Zeta.
  • Dr. Anne Barger, pathobiology, Dr. Laura Garrett, veterinary clinical medicine, and Dr. Amber Labelle, veterinary clinical medicine, were recognized for their teaching contributions.

> View the 2013 Awards and Scholarships photos on our Flickr photostream.

> Watch two of our scholarship recipients say "thank you" to their donors.

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Spring 2013 Veterinary Report The latest issue of Veterinary Report is now available online.

Meet the new faces on the Illinois Vet Med faculty, read about our strategic plan initiatives, find out what our students are saying about the Illinois veterinary curriculum, and more.



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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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