Illinois Vet News



Since their arrival last month, I have enjoyed getting to know the 129 members of the Class of 2015. Now it's my pleasure to introduce them to you.

The Class of 2015 – the third class to enter the Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum – contains 98 women and 31 men, of whom 97 are from Illinois. Eighty-six percent of the class is between 21 and 25 years old, while 7% is age 30 or older. They come to us with undergraduate degrees in fields ranging from animal sciences, zoology, and other biological sciences to psychology and sociology. Three of them come to us with master's of arts degrees. One has completed a master's of business administration degree, and another has completed a master's of public health.

More than one-third did their earlier studies on the Urbana campus. Other Illinois institutions attended include Augustana College, Eastern Illinois University, Elmhurst College, Illinois State, Millikin, Northern Illinois, and the University of Chicago. We also have students from as far away as the University of California, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Miami.

Best wishes for a productive semester to all our students, faculty, and staff.--Herb

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Drs. Amber Labelle and Michael McFadden Return to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital is proud to welcome back Dr. Amber Labelle and Dr. Michael McFadden, both of whom completed their residencies here at Illinois. Dr. Labelle, assistant professor of veterinary clinical medicine, has joined the ophthalmology service. Dr. McFadden, clinical assistant professor, has joined the surgery team.

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Congratulations 2011 Alumni & Special Service Award Winners

The recipients of the 2011 Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards were honored at the 92nd Annual Fall Conference. They represent an amazing diversity in scientific careers, from academia to industry, clinical specialty, and research. Congratulations to Dr. Wesley G. Bieritz (Class of 1963, pictured left), Dr. Dennis E. Brooks (Class of 1980, not pictured) ), Dr. Andrew Michael Dahlem (Class of 1989, pictured right), and Dr. Michael Schaer (Class of 1970, pictured center).

> Learn more about these outstanding alumni :: View the award ceremony photos on Flickr

Karen Koenig, a captain with the United Parcel Service and an Urbana, Ill., resident, was selected to receive a Special Service award in recognition of her tireless advocacy for compassionate care of animals. Her award will be presented at the upcoming Doodle for Wildlife, March 3, 2012.

E-Photobook Captures Envirovet Memories, Honors Dr. Val Beasley

At an August reception in his honor, Dr. Val Beasley, who retired from the Department of Comparative Biosciences this past May after 33 years of service, received one particular gift that was built to share. Friends and colleagues created an web-based photobook which documents the history of Envirovet, the aquatic animal and ecosystem health-focused summer institute founded by Dr. Beasley in 1991.

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Vet Med Student Summer 2011 Trip to Costa Rice and Panama

Follow along as our veterinary student volunteers shared their time and talents to assist animals in Costa Rica and Panama.

Read their blog

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Fall Conference Memories

Golfing at the Vet Med Alumni Association Golf Outing. Reminiscing at class reunions. Good times.

Relive the fun on our Flickr site!

View the golf outing photos :: View the class reunion photos

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October 2 Open House Celebrates World Veterinary Year

This year's theme celebrates World Veterinary Year. The world's first veterinary school was founded 250 years ago in 1761 in Lyon France. The veterinarian behind this effort was also the first scientist to suggest that studying animal biology and pathology would improve our understanding of human biology and pathology. We're celebrating with posters, T-shirts, and other materials that teach our guests how to speak international animal.

Of note for this year: There will be one scheduled career talk at 11 a.m. to demystify the path to becoming a veterinarian and offer details about the Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program. Also, new to the program will be a series of service dog demonstrations. And don't miss the chance to get a behind-the-scenes tour of our Clinical Skills Learning Center.

Come to our October 2 Vet Med Open House and help us share the world of veterinary medicine with future veterinarians. Preview the exhibits :: Download a poster and help us spread the word

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