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College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois
3225 Vet. Med. Basic Sciences Bldg.
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
March 25, 2008
Dr. Sheldon Rubin Named 2008 Illini of the YearDr. Sheldon B. Rubin (DVM '68), former owner and director emeritus, Blum Animal Hospital, was one of the three winners of the 2008 Illini of the Year of the Award honored on March 11 at the University Club of Chicago.
Co-sponsored by the UI Alumni Association and the Chicago Illini Club, the Chicago Illini of the Year award is given to three distinguished University of Illinois alumni who have made exceptional contributions to both their profession and community, specifically in the city of Chicago.
Dr. Rubin has practiced for four decades at the Blum Animal Hospital near Chicago's Wrigley Field. Dr. Rubin opened Chicago's first emergency clinic for pets 30 years ago, has made appearances on PBS and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and is a frequent guest on national and Chicago radio. Along with writing six books about pets, Dr. Rubin also serves as president of the American Heartworm Society and president-elect of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. He has served as president of the University's Veterinary Medical Alumni Association and was welcomed back to campus in 2001 as an Illini Comeback guest.
"Being a veterinarian and becoming part of the family triangle ... the veterinarian, the pet, and the owners of the pet is what makes us so special," Dr. Rubin remarked. "We have a tough job as companion animal veterinarians. We need to be able to know the physiology of all pets and determine what ails them not by what they tell us ... but by their symptoms and signs that lead us to a diagnosis; and most important: Veterinarians are the only doctors who can make animals and people feel better."
Read his complete remarks.