Illinois Vet News



“Where do you want to be in five years?” This once-standard interview question has sparked discussion, information gathering, and analysis over the past 13 months, as the college revises its strategic plan.

I am grateful to everyone who has participated in the planning process: 270 respondents to surveys of alumni and other external stakeholders; 106 respondents to an online questionnaire for our internal constituencies; 37 faculty and staff members who elected to engage in one-on-one interviews; 24 units and individuals who submitted white papers outlining initiatives for consideration; and dozens of faculty and staff members who helped develop a shared vision, identify indicators of success, and ultimately define the strategic goals.

Over the next few months our job is to agree on a strong vision for the future and the actions needed to achieve that vision. With our long tradition of innovation, I expect great things.--Herb

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Welcome Dr. Scott Austin

Dr.Scott Austin

The arrival of Dr. Scott Austin, a new equine veterinarian on the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital's team, is big news for local horse owners. Dr. Austin will devote all his time to providing on-farm primary care to horses and showing students a different side of equine practice than they see at the teaching hospital.

Board certified in equine internal medicine, Dr. Austin completed both a master's degree in veterinary parasitology and a residency here at Illinois. Before beginning his new position as clinical assistant professor in veterinary medicine, Dr. Austin spent 13 years as an associate veterinarian at Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and also taught at Waukesha County Technical College and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Well (is) Worth the Trip

Roxy black lab dogPennsylvania veterinarian Dr. Laurie Brewer and her black labrador Roxy came 650 miles--twice-- to see Dr. Brendan McKiernan, director of the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital and an expert in the treatment of canine respiratory diseases. After Roxy was diagnosed with aspergillosis, a nasty fungal disease, veterinary sources directed her to Dr. McKiernan as the best in the field.

At each visit, Drs. McKiernan and Amy Kubier, a third-year internal medicine resident, successfully performed a rhinoscopy to flush out the diseased areas of the dog's sinus and apply a topical fungicide..
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Dr. Sarah Probst Miller (DVM, Illinois '01) was recently honored among Pfizer Animal Health's 2011 "10 Under 40" swine veterinarians who are making significant contributions to their field.
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Dr. Richard Smilie (DVM, Illinois '89) has been selected as one of the three 2011-2012 AVMA Congressional Science Fellows.
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Upcoming Reunion Dates: Mark Your Calendar

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In Memoriam: Dr. J. Wayne Rehn

Dr. J. Wayne Rehn, 74, (DVM, Illinois 1961) passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, Ill.

> Read his obituary

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2011 Vet Med Open House

boy and dog on grassCan't wait till next year's Vet Med Open House?

Relive the fun on our Flickr site


2011 Combined Class Reunion (Classes of 1956, 1961, and 1966)

combined class reunionsThe classes of 1956, 1961 and 1966 were on campus this month to celebrate their class reunions. Attendees learned more about the new curriculum and the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, then took a behind-the-scenes tour of our Clinical Skills Learning Center. They wrapped up the weekend with a bus tour of campus, including a special stop at the new Activity and Recreation Center. Special thanks to Dr. Bob Twardock, Dr. Larry Friedman, and Dr. Joseph Lowry for helping to coordinate the event.

Reunions aren't just for sharing memories, they're for making them. Join the reunion on our Flickr site

Coming up: The classes of 1952, 1957, 1962 and 1967 will celebrate their class reunion next year, October 11-12, 2012.

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