Veterinary Biosciences Contributes to Three-part Mission
to Build New Laboratory Space Total $3 Million
Participates in Dedication of War Dog Memorial
Longtime Equine Friends Die in October
News from the College of Veterinary Medicine
Road Race for Animals
EVP Starts in September
Client Shows Appreciation for Jewel
Biosciences Contributes to Three-part Mission
by Dr. David
Gross, Department Head
pleased to give an overview of the activities of the Department of Veterinary
Biosciences. Our faculty, consisting of 17 men and 8 women from across
the United States as well as from the Indian subcontinent, Kenya, Spain,
and Australia, participate in all facets of the University's mission
of teaching, research, and service.
veterinary students and graduate students, we provide instruction in
gross, microscopic, and developmental anatomy; neurobiology; physiology;
pharmacology; and toxicology. While all faculty members in the department
hold a PhD degree, 12 also have a DVM (or equivalent). Three members
are board certified in toxicology, one in veterinary clinical pharmacology,
and one in veterinary internal medicine.
Our research, currently
attracting nearly $7 million in funding, addresses problems critical
to human, domestic animal, and wildlife health. Areas of emphasis include
sex steroid hormones and related chemical compounds and their effects
on male and female reproductive function; immune function; behavior
and cognition; myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury; and other basic
physiological phenomena. In addition we have researchers working on
problems of equine exercise physiology, photo-immunity, pharmacokinetics,
skin and ocular toxicities, and bone physiology.
We are in the second
year of a five-year National Institutes of Health Training Grant in
Reproductive Toxicologythe first and only NIH Training Grant in
the College. Collaborative research programs link us to such other University
of Illinois departments as Animal Sciences, Molecular and Integrative
Physiology, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Cell and Structural Biology,
Bioengineering, Physics, and Chemistry. Our faculty members also collaborate
with colleagues across the country and in Europe and Latin America.
A current initiative
within Veterinary Biosciences is the establishment of a Center for Estrogen
and Steroid Research. While we seek support through the NIH and other
funding agencies, these sources limit funds for major equipment and
other research infrastructure. We are asking our alumni to help us identify
private sources that may offer support for specific items of equipment,
fellowships for post-DVM graduate students, endowments for support of
educational activities of the Center, and a host of other needs.
Lastly, our faculty
provide clinical service in the areas of pharmacology, toxicology, and
environmental/ecosystem health to veterinarians, animal owners, and
governmental and non-governmental agencies. We also engage in academic
service within the University and serve the scientific community through
funding agency review study sections, journal editorial boards, and
involvement in professional and scientific societies.
of Veterinary Biosciences is committed to excellence in achieving the
mission of the University. We look forward to continuing our efforts
to educate new generations of veterinarians and other scholars, contributing
to scientific discovery, and serving the public and the biomedical community.
Build New Laboratory Space Total $3 Million
The National Institutes
of Health has awarded the College of Veterinary Medicine a $1.5 million
grant for design, construction, and renovation of state-of-the art research
laboratories in currently unfinished space on the second and third floors
of the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building.
of Illinois will match that amount to complete the project, which will
provide 11,374 net square feet of space to be used to support NIH-funded
research projects in infectious diseases.
The new laboratory
space will be used by Drs. Paul Cooke, Roberto Docampo, Rex Hess, Lois
Hoyer, Uriel Kitron, Jianyong Li, and Silvia Moreno. Some of the grant
also goes toward fixed equipment costs for the new research area housed
in the Departments of Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Biosciences.
The plans call
for shared cold, freezer, and instrument rooms on the second floor and
shared isotope, cell/tissue culture, and freezer-supply/storage rooms
on the third floor. In addition, the project calls for faculty and student
offices on both floors.
date for completion of the project is August 2003.
in Dedication of War Dog Memorial
On October 31,
a memorial for dogs that served in World War II and their handlers was
dedicated at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters in Quantico, Va. The
memorial, the gift of retired small animal veterinarian Dr. C. David
McLaughlin ('66) and his wife Do, features a life-size statue of a Doberman
created by sculptor Susan Bahary.
Dr. William Putney (left)
greets dog handler Jack Moore as Mrs. Do and Dr. C. David McLaughlin
look on after the dedication of Always Faithful.
selected two veterinarians who had worked with war dogs to be honorees
at the dedication ceremony.
Dr. Erwin Small,
associate dean for alumni and public affairs and professor emeritus
at the College, was with the Seventh War Dog Platoon of the United States
Marine Corps, serving from April 1944 to May 1946 and again from October
1950 to December 1951. He and his dog saw combat on Iwo Jima.
Also honored was
Dr. William Putney (Auburn '43), former commanding officer of a war
dog platoon who participated in the 1944 invasion of Guam and has written
the book, Always Faithful, A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WW II.
Dean Herbert Whiteley
conveyed the remarks of Dr. Small, who was unable to attend the ceremony.
Dr. Rosemary J. LoGiudice, president of the Illinois State Veterinary
Medical Association, and Dr. James Brandt, president of the American
Veterinary Medical Association, were among those attending the event.
"To be able
to honor our country, the heroic war dogs and their handlers, and the
veterinary profession with one special gift is an opportunity and privilege
that comes only once in a lifetime," says Mrs. McLaughlin.
Equine Friends Die in October
notes the deaths in October of two horses that had served in its education
and outreach mission for many years. Troubadour, a 16.2-hand black-brown
Trakehner came to the College in December 1995 as part of an estate
gift from Mrs. Edith Kosterka, of Wayne, Ill.
career in dressage competitions included serving as the reserve mount
for Christine Stuckelberger at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea. Stuckelberger,
an Olympic gold medalist from Switzerland, called Troubadour "the
best Trakehner in the world."
As recently as
1998, the year he turned 25, Troubadour performed in demonstrations
at horse events in Illinois, ridden by Dr. Dee Ann Kuster (right with
Troubadour), a 1998 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Wilt, a quarter
horse, was involved in the education of two decades of veterinary students.
A local breeder donated Wilt to the College in 1981 because Wilt suffered
a neurologic disease that made him unsuitable for sale. Wilt overcame
this disorder and was used to teach basic horse handling techniques.
Dr. Gordon Baker,
chief of staff for the Large Animal Clinic, remembers Wilt as having
"a real personality."
loved him because he was such a friendly old beast," Dr. Baker
Race for Animals
8th Annual Road Race, held September 9, raised more than $2,000 for
Canine Companions for Independence, according to Elizabeth Papp, third-year
student and chair of the Omega Tau Sigma Road Race Committee. CCI is
a non-profit organization that provides canine companions for disabled
individuals free of charge. Nadia Ibreheim (at right), a University
of Illinois graduate student with cerebral palsy, brought her CCI dog,
Tully, to the event and spoke about the wonderful gifts a service dog
brings to its owner. A local CCI puppy raiser also spoke.
The 5K run/walk,
designed to encourage physical activity and health awareness for people
and their pets, is the largest and most productive OTS event all year
and requires many hours of volunteer coordination. The Hill's Student
Feeding Committee was a major sponsor of the 2001 race. CCI, which relies
on contributions from organizations like OTS, spends more than $10,000
to raise and train each animal.
Award-Winning EVP Starts in September
are opening a new practice, seeking to improve the value of their practice,
or looking for a way to rejuvenate their interest in the profession
should enroll in the latest class of the Executive Veterinary Program.
The EVP in Practice Management is designed to motivate and enhance business,
communication, and strategic planning skills. Experts from around the
country will lead discussions and exercises in such topics as understanding
communication differences, compensating staff, setting and collecting
fees, and achieving personal financial success. For more information,
contact Dr. Christine Merle at 217/333-2907 or visit www.EVPillinois.org
on the Web.
Shows Appreciation for Jewel of Program
by Michelle Lohmann
his dog Hal was undergoing cancer treatment here, Greg Barber drove
from Chicago to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital every week.
Hal had a very special relationship," says Dr. Tim Fan, one of
the oncologists who treated Hal.
Dr. Fan says Barber
and Hal developed a good relationship with the oncology department and
Barber frequently brought pizzas and donuts for the staff to show his
appreciation for their work.
Now Barber is showing
his appreciation to the oncology staff once more, although not in edible
form. Barber and his partner, Mariusz Bialas, recently moved the jewelry
store they have operated for 16 years in downtown Chicago to a street-level
location in Arlington Heights. They are offering a donation program
at the store that would benefit the oncology program.
Any time patrons
of Keswick Jewelers mention that they are University of Illinois graduates
or students, and make a purchase of over $50, 10 percent of the total
will be donated to the oncology program.
Keswick's is a
"pet-friendly" store, which means pets are welcome to come
inside while their owner's shop. Barber or Bialas will provide every
four-legged shopping companion with water and treats.
In addition to
this program, Barber plans to host an open house in his store (on 69
South Evergreen Avenue) this spring. A percentage of the proceeds will
be given to the oncology program.
Barber feels this
is his way of thanking oncology for the help they provided. "Everybody
is so great down there," Barber says. "They are one of the
best in the nation. I saw a real caring in a lot of the people."
For more information
about Keswick Jewelers and the donation program call 847/394-9365 or
visit their Web site at keswickjewelers.com.
from Al Pacino (right), Chevy Chase, Leonardo DiCaprio (left), Steve
Martin, Elton John, and other celebrities and wildlife enthusiasts will
go up for bid at the first-ever auction to benefit the Wildlife Medical
Clinic. Please mark your calendars for the "Doodle for Wildlife
Auction," to be held April 12 in Urbana, and visit www.cvm.uiuc.edu/wmc/
for event registration information.