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September 10, 2008

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Alumni Receive Illinois Veterinary College Awards

URBANA - The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association will present three Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards and a Special Service Award on September 11, 2008, during the annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians.

Dr. Joseph Connor, president of Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd., and Professional Swine Management, LLC, will receive the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award for his dedicated service to the swine industry at the local, national, and international level, Dr. Conner graduated from the College in 1976. His swine management company was credited by the president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association as a driving force for much of the pork industry growth in Illinois.

Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will receive the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Sundlof received his veterinary degree at Illinois in 1980. As director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Sundlof was responsible for protecting the U.S. public health through approval and regulation of veterinary products and animal feeds. He has received many honors and awards as a leader in veterinary toxicology.

Dr. John Van Vleet, associate dean for academic affairs at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine, will receive the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award for his internationally recognized contributions to toxicologic pathology and specifically to cardiovascular disease, with over 140 publications in the field. Dr. Van Vleet received his PhD from Illinois in 1967. He has contributed chapters to University of Illinois faculty textbooks in veterinary pathology and has conducted workshops for University of Illinois residents.

Peter Weber, executive director of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, will receive a Special Service award in recognition of the major impact he has made on ISVMA. Under his guidance, the ISVMA's membership has nearly doubled, its annual budget has nearly tripled, and its convention has become a model for other state association meetings. Additionally, ISVMA has become the leading voice in Springfield on issues related to the health and welfare of animals and the public.