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June/July 2014 Edition

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Dean Peter ConstableSummertime, and the learning is … everywhere!

At Illinois, fourth-year veterinary students are engaged in delivering clinical services throughout the teaching hospital and Chicago clinic.

Meanwhile, 21 students enrolled in earlier years of the DVM program have spent their summers working with faculty members throughout our college and across campus to conduct research and explore research career paths. This marks the 11th year of the Summer Research Training Program, which is funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health, Merial, and other sources.

Other Illinois students experienced veterinary medicine abroad through college-sponsored or independent programs that included spay-neuter clinics and academic rotations in Europe, Africa, and beyond.

I’m still learning more about the college every day, and meeting more alumni and friends. I look forward to meeting you, and wish you an enlightening summer. —Peter

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IN THE NEWSDr. Matt Allender with snake

Dr. Matt Allender, comparative biosciences, led a group of researchers who developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, which is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern US. Read more.

Dr. Jodi Flaws, comparative biosciences, discussed the risks of bisophenal A (BPA) in a recent Campus New Bureau "A Minute With" segment. Read more.

Dr. Jennifer Landolfi, pathobiology, led a study of elephant immune responses to infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the same bacterium that causes TB in humans. Read more.

Dr. James Lowe, veterinary clinical medicine, recently spoke about PEDv in a video interview with Todd Gleason, farm broadcaster at the College of ACES. Watch the video

Dr. Karen Terio, pathobiology, commented on the debate surrounding efforts to develop ape vaccines. “I don’t think that’s a justification for keeping chimpanzees in that setting, that in and of itself,” Dr. Terio said. “There are other animals that can be utilized as proxies.” Read more.

Dr. Bob Weedon, veterinary clinical medicine, and students from the college's shelter medicine program were contacted by the Coles County animal shelter after more than 40 cats were rescued from a home in Charleston. "Instead of bringing feral cats in and killing them, they're being sterilized, vaccinated, and out the door they go," said Dr. Weedon. Read more

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Dr. Margarethe Hoenig, professor emerita of veterinary clinical medicine, received the Oxford Laboratories award for the best paper in basic science from the Society for Comparative Endocrinology at the 2014 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine meeting. "Cats differ from other species in their cytokine and antioxidant enzyme response when developing obesity" appeared in the July 2013 edition of Obesity.

Dr. Edward Hoover (DVM IL '67), who developed the most widely used vaccine against feline leukemia, was among 84 people recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Read more.

Daniel McDougle, comparative biosciences MD/PhD candidate in Dr. Aditi Das' lab, has been awarded the American Heart Association (AHA) predoctoral fellowship.

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  • Fall Conference Alumni Award Presentations, Thursday, September 11, 5:00 pm. Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign, Ill.
  • 8th Annual Veterinary Medical Association Golf Outing, Saturday, September 13, 9:00 am,
    Lake of the Woods Golf Course, Mahomet, Ill. This event supports student and alumni activities.  Join us or sponsor a student. Find out more or register now.
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red dogOur teaching hospital's oncology service is currently seeking dogs weighing more than 15 kilograms that have received a histologic or cytologic diagnosis consistent with osteosarcoma for a study evaluating the efficacy of Rapamycin, a drug that holds promise for preventing the development of metastatic disease.

Find out more about this trial.

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