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Planning pays off. Three key priorities of the College-programs designed to increase our contributions to the veterinary profession and society-have recently moved from vision to reality after years of preparation and hard work.

First is the Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum. Members of the Class of 2013 will soon complete the initial 8-week course of clinical rotations and will begin the first classroom-based course. They are not the only ones benefitting from our curricular revision. Closer collaborations between clinical and basic sciences faculty have influenced upper-level courses as well, and the new Clinical Skills Learning Center will be open to all students.

In September the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, another strategic initiative, celebrated its official grand opening. Oncology referral services begin there this month, as do educational programming for both the veterinary community and pet owners. Through the Chicago Center and its primary care facility, Furnetic, we can expose veterinary students to the business side of practice and reach previously untapped populations of potential students and potential donors.

Last month also we received more than $200,000 from the USDA in support of the new Illinois Center for One Medicine, One Health. This program will consolidate and extend the College's education, research, and public outreach efforts in areas where human, animal and ecosystem health converge. We are already seeking proposals from faculty for projects related to this new center.

We achieve success in these initiatives only through the leadership of our faculty and the hard work and dedication they and our entire College community contribute. I look forward to reporting further progress as our plans evolve.--Herb


Emergency Services Are Here for the Holidays

Planning coverage for your clinic during the Thanksgiving and 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.

2009-10 Directory for Referring Veterinarians
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Dr. Pam Wilkins Earns International Award
Dr. Pam WilkinsDr. Wilkins, section head of equine medicine and surgery and a professor of veterinary clinical medicine, was named the first recipient of the inaugural Intervet/Schering-Plough International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Equine Educator Award.
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Oskee Boo Wow
Webster WhiteDress your pets in their spook-tastic Halloween costumes and let them strut their alter egos at the fourth annual Oskee "Boo" Wow masquerade on Tuesday, October 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Register now!


Class of 1979 Honors Janis Audin
Class of '79 endowmentAt their 30-year reunion, the Class of 1979 presented the College with an endowment fund of over $29,000. The scholarship fund was created in memory of classmate Dr. Janis Audin, who passed away in April 2009.
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What's New?
Send us your updates for our new alumni Web site. E-mail: advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu

Upcoming Reunions & Alumni Receptions

Combined Class Reunion
October 22-23, 2009
College of Veterinary Medicine

ISVMA Alumni Reception
November 14, 2009
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill.

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

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Small Animal CE Series: Introduction to Rehabilitation, October 15, 2009, Chicago, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/saceseries/ for details.

Fish Medicine Lecture and Laboratory, October 24-25, 2009, Urbana, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/fish/ for more details.

Small Animal CE Series: Cancer of the Alimentary Tract, November 19, 2009, Chicago, Ill. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/saceseries/ for more details.

Minimally-Invasive Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery Lecture and Laboratory, Chicago, Ill. November 22, 2009. Visit vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/cclsurgery/ for more details.

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


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R-DVM Meet 'n' Greet,.
October 8, 5 p.m., E-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details

Dr. William Helferich presents Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer: A Complex Story. Monday, October 12,  12:00 p.m.,1000 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright St., Urbana.

Dr. Carol Lange presents Integration of MAP Kinase and Progesterone Receptor Signaling in Breast Cancer Models. Monday, October 19, 12:00 p.m, 1000 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright St., Urbana

Oskee Boo Wow
October 27 | 6:00 pm
College of Veterinary Medicine

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 more information.

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