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Tradition tells us this is a good time to say thank you, and this issue of Illinois VetNews showcases much of what I’m thankful for about our college:
• Faculty who are teaching students, developing new knowledge, and offering ongoing education to the veterinary profession, such as through the new ultrasound EVP
• Students who are literally going out into the world to learn and to bring change.
• Alumni who are leaders in the profession and who are maintaining their ties to each other and to Illinois

I thank you, too, for your interest and support of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and I wish you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving Day.--Herb


Upcoming Alumni Receptions & Reunions

AAEP Alumni Reception
Hilton Baltimore, Paca Room
December 6, 2010
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Baltimore, Md.

To R.S.V.P., call 217-333-2761, or visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/59WYPVM

Vet Med Alum Elected President of the University of Tennessee

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph DiPietro on his election as President of the University of Tennessee! Dr. DiPietro earned three degrees at the University of Illinois: BS (1974), DVM (1976), and MS (1980). He also served as associate dean for research and professor of both veterinary clinical medicine and veterinary pathobiology here. Read more.

Combined Reunions Recap

2010 Combined ReunionsAt the end of October, the Classes of 1960 and 1970 returned to their alma mater. They visited the Zuschlag Heritage Collection and Information Commons, toured the Clinical Skills Learning Center and travelled through the Urbana campus stopping to see the latest sites, including the new Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and the Ubben Basketball Complex. Enjoy the combined reunion photos on our Flickr site.

Which Alumni Would You Most Like to Thank?

November is the time for expressing your gratitude, so show your colleagues how much you appreciate their service to the field by nominating them for an alumni or special service award. Get more info here.

Alumni & Development Web site | Alumni site


Studying the Effects of Plastics on Children

Dr. Sue SchantzSusan Schantz (pictured here), professor of comparative biosciences and an environmental toxicologist, will direct the new, NIH-funded Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Illinois. Comparative biosciences professor Jodi Flaws, a reproductive toxicologist, will act as associate director of the new center, which will investigate whether common plastics chemicals alter child development, cognition or behavior. Read more.

Extra, Extra! Get the Latest from Vet Report Online

Wanda Haschek-HockRead about the career of retired faculty member Dr. Wanda Haschek-Hock on our Vet Report online extras page.



Study Abroad Students Recap Wildvets Trip to South Africa

2010 WildlifevetsThree of our doctor of veterinary medicine students recently participated in a wildlife externship program in South Africa as a part of the Wildvets program. Find out what they learned.


Oskee Boo Wow 2010

Oskee Boo Wow 2010Missed our pawsitively fabulous pet masquerade? This dog's-eye view video will make you feel like you were there.



Dr.LoGuide and OtterIntegrative Pet Care/Animal Rehabilitation and Therapy



Executive Veterinary Program in Small Animal Ultrasound.

$1400 discount for registrations placed by December 12, 2010.

Horse Breeders Short Course
January 7-9, 2011, Urbana, Ill.

Canine Oral Surgery Intensive Short Course, February 4-5, 2011,
Urbana, Ill.

Horseman’s Clinic, February 5, 2011,
Urbana, Ill.

Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/ to learn more about these and other continuing education programs.

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View our College calendar for other events

Doodle for WildlifeWhoot! Whoot!

Save the Date for the 10th Annual Doodle for Wildlife, Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the I Hotel.

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Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving!