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As the fourth week of the semester begins, the 120 students of the Class of 2013 have each completed three clinical rotation experiences. The feedback from students about the new Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum has been overwhelmingly positive.

Three mornings a week the students meet as a group for an hourlong colloquium on topics ranging from biosecurity to veterinary careers to client grief. Then they disperse to more than 20 clinical areas, from anesthesiology to shelter medicine to the dairy. Many are paired with fourth-year students for peer learning; sometimes the first years must arrive at 7 am to help SOAP cases or return at night to check the maternity pens.

Every student is using the new Clinical Skills Learning Center, which provides a safe learning environment featuring the latest in hands-on equipment and models. Students are tracking the skills they learn and the cases they participate in via a new software program developed for human medical education. The software compiles a portfolio that documents individual learning experiences for each student.

I’ll continue to provide reports as the academic year progresses. For now, kudos to the students—in the first and fourth years—and to the faculty and staff who are making this exciting program a reality.--Herb


New Options for Equine Colic Care

When you do not have time to see clients with a colicking horse, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital now provides an emergency-based preliminary diagnostics option. Like the specialty practice equine colic package introduced last March, this new community practice equine colic package establishes a standard cost for initial work-up and stabilization.

The new package includes an emergency/general physical exam, rectal exam, nasal-gastric tube, abdominal ultrasound, abdominocentesis, and sedation. The total cost for these services is $360.

Unlike the specialty practice package, it provides only basic blood work and analgesics and does not include advanced fluids. Additional diagnostics and treatments are available separately.

Questions about the equine colic package should be directed to the Large Animal Clinic at 217-333-2000.

Referring veterinarians are welcome to contact Dr. Pamela Wilkins, equine section head, with questions.

Read more about equine services.


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.

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Help Support our Community Partners

Fur Ball 2009A dinner auction to benefit the Champaign County Humane Society

Friday, September 25, 2009
Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign

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

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


Dr. Robin DowningWindsor Veterinary Clinic/
Downing Center for Animal Pain Management


2009 Alumni Golf Outing

The 2009 Vet Med Alumni Golf Outing



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Dr. Rex Hess Retirement Mini-Symposium, September 18, 2009, 9-5 p.m. at the I Hotel. E-mail cmanuel@illinois.edu for details.

Dr. Ghassan Kassab presents "Devices for Diagnosis and Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease." Monday, September 21, 2009. 12 noon at 1000 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright Street, Urbana.

Dr. Kristien Van Reeth presents "Swine Research with Swine Influenza Viruses " Friday, September 25, 2009. 12 noon at 2271C Veterinary Medical Sciences Building, 2001 South Lincolcn, Urbana.

Dr. Ann Nardulli presents "Expression of Oxidative Stress Proteins in Mammary Tumors: Mechanisms to Help Ensure Tumor Cell Survival." Monday, Octover 5, 2009. 12 noon at 1000 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, 208 N. Wright Street, Urbana.

R-DVM Meet 'n' Greet,.
October 8, 2009 5 p.m., E-mail advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu for details

Oskee Boo Wow
October 27, 2009 | 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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