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As our nation pauses to give thanks and reconnect with loved ones, I am mindful of the many activities in 2009 that brought our immediate and extended College family together.

Most dramatically, we implemented the new Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum. This bold step involved our entire faculty and staff, as well as our alumni and students.

Traditional events also quietly highlighted our collective work:

  • Students took center stage on admissions interview day, at the student-run Open House, at our awards and scholarships celebration, at the blue coat and white coat ceremonies, and of course at graduation;
  • We connected with alumni at reunions, receptions, and Fall Conference;
  • Our faculty and staff contributed to our fund-raising campaign, socialized over ice cream in the summer, and recognized excellence and service at an awards ceremony.

This year we were united in mourning at the deaths of Dr. Erwin Small, Dr. Janis Audin, Dr. Ibulaimu Kakoma, and many other alumni and retired faculty members. And a cross-section from the college and local community worked together to plant our new prairie garden.

With gratitude for being part of this outstanding group and with confidence that we shall continue to succeed together, I wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving Day.--Herb


Oncology Referrals Chicago Bound

Referring your clients in the Chicago area to oncologists in Urbana just got a lot easier, because now oncology is coming to you.

Our board-certified veterinary cancer specialists are offering appointments at the College’s Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, located at 2242 West Harrison in the Illinois Medical District. Some onoclogy services will still be offered only at the Urbana hospital.

To make an appointment for a client, please call the Chicago Center at 312-226-2588.

You may reach the oncology service in Urbana by contacting Nancy George, chief clinical case coordinator, at 217-244-7789.

Emergency Services Are Here for the Holidays

Planning coverage for your clinic during the winter holidays?

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides emergency services 24/7/365—including all holidays. Clients can call ahead (217-333-5300 for small animal; 217-333-2000 for large animal).For more information about referring emergency and convenient care cases, call Ginger Passalacqua at 217-333-5311.

Congrats to Those Who Played in Peoria
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the hospital’s exhibit at the ISVMA Convention in Peoria! The winner of the drawing for a textbook was Dr. Janet Calkins, Class of 2009. She chose from among 11 recent titles by Illinois veterinary faculty and received a copy of Handbook of Veterinary Emergency Protocols: Dog & Cat, by Dr. Maureen McMichael.


Small Animal Surgery Section Honored

Congratulations to the the faculty members of the Small Animal Surgery section for an outstanding showing on the national stage at the 2009 ACVS Symposium. Read more


What's New?
Send us your updates for our new alumni Web site. E-mail: advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu

Upcoming Reunions & Alumni Receptions

AAEP Alumni Reception
December 7, 2009
Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

NAVC Alumni Reception
January 17, 2010
Marriott World Trade Center, Orlando, Fla.

E-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu or call
217-333-2761 or for details.

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Small Animal CE Series: Canine and Feline Cytology, December 17, 2009, Chicago, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/saceseries/ for more details.

Small Animal CE Series: Managing Ear Diseases, January 21, 2010. Chicago, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/saceseries/ for more details.


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Pet U: Learning to Care for Pets
This series, offered in both Urbana and Chicago, provides pet owners with information relevant to the daily care of their companion animals.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/petu/ for December and January session information.

Horseman's Clinic, February 6, 2010, Urbana, Ill. Visit: vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/horseclinic/ for more details.

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