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* Two Receive Illinois Veterinary Alumni Association Awards

* Reunions: Class of 1974 and Class of 1960

* In Memoriam

* Vet Med Afghan

* Illini Football with Vet Med


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President’s Message

Dr. Charles “Chuck” Wiedmeyer (DVM ’94), president of the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association, is an assistant professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia.

[Dr. Charles Wiedmeyer ]I remember the day vividly; stepping down from that graduation stage, DVM degree in hand, eager to take the next step in my veterinary career. After many years of sacrifice and hard work, it was finally time to get a real job, pay down the debt, and become a wage earner and a taxpayer.

Many of you probably felt the same way. The last thing we were thinking about after graduation was giving back. But, for many of us, the time has come to give back to your College and profession.

Does giving back simply mean mailing a fat check to the College? Of course not. There are many valuable and effective ways of giving back to the College and profession. (I am sure, however, that the dean would welcome your financial gift!)

Another resource is your time. You can mentor existing and prospective students into the profession. You can inform the public about important health or veterinary issues, such as mad cow disease scare. You can become active in your community in ways that extend beyond your clinic. The mechanisms and venues for giving back are endless.

Serving as president of the Veterinary Medical Alumni Association provides me with a way to give back to my college and profession. I want to encourage you participate in the association too. Attend the evening ceremony on Thursday, October 14, when the prestigious Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award and the Special Service Award will be given. I look forward to seeing you there.

Dr. Jorge Guerrero (PhD ’71, MS ’69), adjunct professor of parasitology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, served as symposium program chair for the Triennial American Heartworm Society “State of the Heartworm Symposium ’04,” held July 23 to 26 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association in Philadelphia, Pa.

To register see www.heartwormsociety.org or call 630/262-1997.

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Dr. J. David Small (DVM ’64), consultant in laboratory animal medicine based in Cary, N.C., completed a program in Documentary Studies, with a concentration in photography, at Duke University.

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Dr. Nicholas Szluha (DVM ’64), of Rochester, Minn., has been named an Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association for his years of service to the profession.

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COL Salvatore Cirone (DVM ’66) received the James A. McCallam Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. The award recognized accomplishments in medical support and policy development in such areas as DNA testing and animal care and use during his more than 36 years of government service.

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Dr. James Toombs (DVM ’76), formerly professor of small animal orthopedics and neurosurgery at Purdue University, last year accepted the position of chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Iowa State University.

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Dr. Dale E. Bjorling (DVM ’78), chair of the Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, was elected president-elect of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association in October.

In January he gave a talk at Illinois titled “Mentored Research Training Programs for Veterinary Students.”

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Dr. John Herrmann (DVM ’78), of Southland Veterinary Clinic in Freeport, Ill., is completing 2003-2004 as a Congressional Science Fellow. The program, which is supported by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, brings “veterinary intelligence to the policy-making table in Washington, D.C.” It enables veterinarians to advise a member of Congress on policies relating to science and other matters or to join the staff of a House or Senate committee. Dr. Herrmann is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and recently completed a master’s degree in Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

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Dr. Donna F. Kusewitt (veterinary pathology residency, ’80) associate professor and director of the Mouse Phenotyping Service in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State University, spoke at the College in December on many facets of the increasingly important tool of genetically modified mice for biological research. Her talk was part of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Toxicology Program speaker series.

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[Dr. John Waddell]Dr. John Waddell (DVM’81), of Sutton (Neb.) Veterinary Clinic, is serving as president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the world’s largest professional group of swine veterinarians. He has given 21 years of service to the AASV, including serving on the Board of Directors, the Public Relations Committee, and the Pharmaceutical Issues Committee. In 1998, Dr. Waddell received the association’s Meritorious Service Award for his leadership.

Dr. Waddell has also chaired the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee and the AVMA’s Steering Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance. Dr. Waddell is a consultant to many U.S. and European companies involved in improving swine health.

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Dr. Karen Tobias (DVM ’85), professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery. She has also been appointed to the Board of Regents and Examining Committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Her research interest is primarily portosystemic shunts in dogs.

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Dr. Gregory Daniel (MS in veterinary biosciences, ’88), professor and director of radiological services at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named president of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR). He earned a DVM at Auburn University. He has clinical interests in nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology and research interests in quantitative nuclear medicine and digital image processing.

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Dr. David Dorman (clinical veterinary toxicology residency and PhD, ’90) was recently appointed director of the Division of Biological Sciences at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT). While working at CIIT, he has also taught veterinary and basic toxicology at veterinary and other colleges at the University of Georgia at Athens, Ga., North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Dorman also recently won the Society of Toxicology Achievement Award. “Dr. Dorman has forged a focused program of research and developed a reputation of excellence and achievement in the area of neurotoxicology,” wrote nominator Dr. Val Beasley, veterinary biosciences.

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Dr. J.B. Bruederle (DVM ’91), of Burnham Park Animal Hospital, is currently president-elect of Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association.

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Dr. Nancy Willerton (DVM ’91), partner at University Hills Animal Hospital in Denver, was appointed by the governor of Colorado to serve on the State Board of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Willerton is a member of a Veterinary Leadership Group of 20 vets from around the country.

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Dr. Mark Mitchell (DVM ’92), assistant professor of the Zoo Exotic and Wildlife Medicine service at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University, was selected by the conference attendees as the 2003 Speaker of the Year for the Exotic Program at the North American Veterinary Conference.

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Dr. Laurel Carney-Zelko (DVM ’92), and her husband Frank (Pat) Zelko, of Minooka, Ill., announce the birth of Brighid Katherine on May 24, 2003. Brighid joins siblings Patrick and Heather. Dr. Zelko is an associate veterinarian at Caton Crossing Animal Hospital in Plainfield, Ill.

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Dr. Mary Hernandez (DVM ’95) spoke in July at the 8th World Veterinary Dental Congress in Kyoto, Japan, on “Breed Predisposition to Oral Pathology.” She recently finished her term as president of the American Veterinary Dental Society.

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Dr. Cheryl S. Rosenfeld (DVM ’95), research assistant professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, received the Teaching Award for Basic Sciences from the Missouri Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Rosenfeld, who teaches veterinary microanatomy and reproductive pharmacology, was selected for the honor by first- and second-year veterinary students.

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In Memoriam

Bernard “Bernie” F. Feldman (’62), professor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, died February 19. He was an internationally recognized clinical pathologist and hematologist, and he directed three pathology laboratories at the VMRC teaching hospital.

Dr. Feldman had served in the U.S. Air Force and completed a Ph.D. in comparative pathology at the University of California at Davis. He was on faculty at UC-Davis for 22 years before joining the faculty of VMRC in 1990.

He also held visiting professorships at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, the Royal Veterinary College in Frederiksburg, Denmark, and the International Laboratory for Research in Animal Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya. He was named Honorary Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universities of Buenos Aires and Cordoba in Argentina.

Dr. Feldman was a former executive board member and president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology and was currently serving on the board of the Veterinary Institute for Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and the Executive Board of the Veterinary Laboratory Association.

Mary E. Jones, widow of former College dean Dr. L. Meyer Jones, died in Cary, N.C., on September 21, nine months after the death of her husband. They had been married for 67 years.

Rachel Marlowe, of Champaign, died January 3. She did laboratory work at the College from 1944 until 1978, when she retired, but she continued to handle leptospirosis testing on a part-time basis until 1991.

Dr. Earl Montgomery (’60), of Falls Church, Va., died on September 4.

Dr. Kenneth Todd, former head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, died on June 13 in Bozeman, Mont. A complete notice will appear in the next issue of Veterinary Report.

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[College afghan]Support student scholarships

Support Student Scholarships. Purchase a 46- X 67- inch afghan featuring images of the College in blue. The cost is $65 per throw (includes shipping and handling) or $45 (one purchase only) for current Illinois veterinary students and undergraduates (no shipping). All proceeds support the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

To order, contact Patty Herath at 309/755-6811 or Herathpb1@mchsi.com.


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Illini Football with Vet Med

To purchase seats in the Veterinary Medicine ticket block for the following games, please contact advancement@cvm.uiuc.edu.

September 9: Florida A&M

September 11: UCLA (tailgate)

September 18: Western Michigan

September 25: Purdue

October 16: Michigan (Fall Conference tailgate)

October 30: Iowa

November 6: Indiana

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