Illinois Vet News



So much is happening at your College of Veterinary Medicine, in Urbana, in Chicago, and even around the world, as the blog posts from our international studies programs demonstrate.

I hope you’ll be able to join us for Open House, for Chicago Ideas Week, or for any of the many continuing education programs offered this fall. Enjoy. -- Herb

:: :: :: ::


Modified Virus Treats Canine Cancers

Dr. Amy MacNeillDr. Amy MacNeill, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Pathobiology, and her colleagues report that myxoma – a pox virus that afflicts rabbits but not humans, dogs or any other vertebrates so far studied – infects several different types of canine cancer cells in cell culture while sparing healthy cells. The study adds to the evidence that viruses or modified viruses will emerge as relatively benign cancer treatments to complement or replace standard cancer therapies.

> Read more about this research.

Talk With the Veterinarians

Dr. Brendan McKiernanListen to Dr. Brendan McKiernan, teaching hospital director, and Dr. Julia Whittington, Wildlife Medical Clinic director, address small animal and exotics questions on WILL AM.

> Download the podcast now.


:: :: :: ::


Kenneth "K.T." and Betty Wright Support Facilities, Studehts, and Resarch

"K.T" and Betty WrightA gift from Dr. Kenneth T. “K.T.” and Betty Wright of Blandinsville, Ill., will provide support for Vet Med facilities expansion, establish a scholarship for incoming first-year veterinary students, and support and enhance activities related to swine medicine and research.

> Read the full announcement about this and other recent gifts.


Toby's Story

terrierToby was Stan and Gail Peskin’s little boy with fur.

So when Crohn’s disease recently took the little Yorkshire terrier’s life, the Peskins decided they must do something big to keep his spirit alive.

> Read about Toby and the Peskins' generous gift in his honor.

Dutchess' Story

burned cat Dutchess is a 6-month-old cat who was severely burned in a house fire last month. She has been lovable and purring through all of her treatments and has stolen the heart of all who work with her.

Donations to help support her care have enabled her road to recovery but continue to be needed. We are hopeful that she will make a full recovery. For updates on her progress, or to learn how you can help Dutchess, follow The Dutchess Burn Fund on Facebook.

> Watch the recent news coverage of Dutchess' case.

:: :: :: ::


summer research poster sessionsCongratulations to the students who participated in the 2012 Summer Research Training Program. After completing their 10-week program, the students presented posters at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at Colorado State University.

> Read about their projects.

:: :: :: ::


International Vet Med

GermanyThis summer, seven Illinois veterinary students, along with one student from Ohio State University and three students from the University of Georgia, travelled to Germany to study public health and food safety.

> Read about their experiences in the Germany 2012 blog And while you're there, read about the other places our students have been.

:: :: :: ::


Drive-in To Madagascar 3 Today and Support the Wildlife Medical Clnic

barred owlThis Friday night, October 5, bring your dogs and the entire family to see Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted at "Howl at the Harvest Moon," an annual, pet-friendly fund-raiser for the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, held at the Harvest Moon Drive-in Theater, 1123 S. Sangamon Avenue, Gibson City. Admission is $6 per person. Kids 5 and younger and dogs are free.

The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 7 p.m. Raffle prizes will be distributed to lucky winners throughout the evening. "Howl at the Harvest Moon" will be held rain or shine.

Vet Med Open House This Sunday

Vet Med Open HouseDon't miss our Vet Med Open House this Sunday, October 7, from 10 am to 4 pm. Many of the 40+ exhibits will take place in our Clinical Skills Learning Center, a key component of the Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum. Highlights include: an admissions talk will take place at noon, Illini Service dog demos at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm, and a visit from "Live Alma."

> Download a copy of the Vet Med Open House program. |
> Watch our students, along with Simon the dog, talk about Vet Med Open House on ciLiving.

Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine Featured as part of Chicago Ideas Week 10/9

Chicago Ideas WeekJoin thousands of doers and thinkers in the city-wide events surrounding Chicago Ideas Week, October 8 to 14, and sign up for a hands-on lab experience! By joining us for “All Hands on Pets!” you’ll get a glimpse into veterinary education, get a chance to try your hand at veterinary clinical skills, and get a guided tour of our clinic. Space is limited for the two-hour lab on Tuesday, October 9, so sign up today.

:: :: :: ::


2012 Alumni and Special Serivce Award Ceremony

Dr. George Richards

Check out the photos from the 2012 Alumni & Special Service Award Ceremony, September 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign, Ill.

While you're there, enjoy the Fall Conference 2012 class reunion photos too!



Oskee Bow Wow 2012

dog in costumeThe pawesome costumes, purrfectly executed tricks, and tail-wagging good times were captured by our very own pawparazzo, Dr. Amber Labelle.

Relive the furtastic fun from Oskee Bow Wow's Presidential pet party on our Flickr site.

Paws up for the winners of the 2012 Oskee Bow Wow pet parade contest:

:: :: :: ::


:: :: :: ::


  • October 11-12, Combined Class Reunion, Classes of 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, and 1972, Urbana, Ill.


The Chicago Continuing Education Event

Join us on December 6 at 6 pm for The Chicago Continuing Education Event and enjoy two hours of small animal talks. Drs. Mitch Robbins and Rhonda Feinmehl will present a one-hour talk on "Management of Soft Tissue Sarcomas in Dogs." Dr. Mimi Noonan will present a 30-minute talk on "Commonly used Immunosuppressive Drugs in Dogs and Cats," and Dr. Tom Graves present a 30-minute talk on " A Feline Endocrine Disease You Might Have Missed." The event will be held at the Illinois Medical District Commission building at 2100 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Ill. 

Coming in 2013

New Course Offerings
Advanced Diagnostic Training for Technicians, November 2012 through April 2013.
This new program, offered one Saturday per month November through April, is designed to provide veterinary technicians additional veterinary diagnostic training to improve their technical skills and background understanding in veterinary diagnostic medicine. Register for all six modules or each one individually. Technicians can earn up to 14 hours of CE prior to the end of 2012!

Executive Veterinary Program in Small Animal Ultrasound, February 2013 through November 2014.
Members of this program will receive high-caliber training in diagnostic ultrasound using classroom and hands-on laboratory settings. The course meets four times per year over a two-year period and provides its graduates with the high level of training that will be most valuable in a general practice setting.

Get more continuing education info

Missed an issue? Visit our archives

Become a Fan on Facebook
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois :: 2001 South Lincoln Avenue :: Urbana, Illinois 61802