Continuing Education

Fall Conference for Veterinarians

September 19-20, 2019

iHotel and Conference Center
1900 S. First St.
Champaign, IL

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Future dates:

  • October 1-2, 2020
  • October 21-22, 2021
  • September 29-30, 2022

2019 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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    • AT-A-GLANCE

      Schedule for the 2019 Fall Conference for Veterinarians is still being determined. Please check back later for more details.

      Wednesday

      Innovation ExcellenceQuadLoyalty
       9:00- 9:50 a.m.
       10:00- 10:50 a.m.
      11:00- 11:50 a.m.
       11:50- 1:15 p.m.Break/ Lunch on Own
       1:15- 2:05 p.m.
      2:15 – 3:05 p.m. 
      3:05 – 3:25 p.m. Break
      3:25- 4:15 p.m.
      4:25 – 5:15 p.m.

       

      Thursday

      TechnologyLincolnAlma MaterHumanities
      9:00-9:50 a.m.  
      10:00-10:50 a.m.

      11:00-11:50 a.m.   Keynote Speaker
      11:50-1:15 p.m.Lunch
      1:15-2:05 p.m.
      2:15-3:05 p.m.

      3:05-3:25 p.m.Break
      3:25-4:15 p.m.
      4:25-5:15 p.m.

       

      Thursday (Rooms Continued:)

      Chancellor BallroomQuad RoomInnovation
      9:00-9:50 a.m.
      10:00-10:50 a.m.
      11:00-11:50 a.m.   Keynote Speaker
      11:50-1:15 p.m.Lunch
      1:15-2:05 p.m.
      2:15-3:05 p.m.
      3:05-3:25 p.m.Break
      3:25-4:15 p.m.
      4:25-5:15 p.m.

      Friday

      TechnologyLincolnAlma MaterHumanities
      8:00-8:50 a.m. 

        

      9:00-9:50 a.m.
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.
      11:10-Noon
      Noon-12:45 p.m.Lunch
      12:45-1:35 p.m. 

       

      1:45 – 2:35 p.m.
      2:45-3:35 p.m.

      Friday (Rooms Continued:)

      ChancellorQuadInnovation
      8:00-8:50 a.m. 

       

       

      9:00-9:50 a.m.
      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.
      11:10-Noon
      Noon-12:45Lunch
      12:45-1:35 p.m.
      1:45-2:35 p.m.
      2:45- 3:35 p.m. 
      • 2018 Schedule Wednesday

        WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018

        How do I renew my USDA accreditation?

        1. You will receive a reminder of your renewal along with instructions.
          1. If you have a valid e-mail address on record-you will be sent e-mail reminders at six (6), three (3), and one (1) month intervals before your renewal.
          2. If you have an invalid or no e-mail address on record, we will send you a   reminder notice via USPS three (3) months before your renewal.
        2. You must complete your required APHIS-approved supplemental training (AAST) Six (6) AAST modules for Category II or three (3) AAST modules for Category I.
          1. AAST is available, free, on the NVAP Website www.aphis.usda.gov/nvap
          2. AAST is also available by ordering the CD or paper versions for the cost of production and mailing. Contact your local VS NVAP Coordinator.
          3. AAST is available as lectures at veterinary meetings and conventions
        3. Submit VS Form 1-36A
          1. Paper form; submit to your local VS NVAP Coordinator.
          2. On-line

        The APHIS Approved Supplemental Training modules presented at the University of Illinois Fall Conference may be used to satisfy your veterinary accreditation renewal. The modules are also accepted by the Illinois veterinary licensing board as CE for your veterinary license.

        The USDA sessions have been added to the program for your convenience. The University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine does not have information about the specifics of veterinary accreditation nor the modules presented. Please contact Dr. Susie Hexum for this information.

        If you have any questions, in regards to veterinary accreditation or USDA APHIS please contact Dr. Susie Hexum by email or phone.

        Suzett.hexum@aphis.usda.gov
        (217) 246-2950

        • 2018 Schedule Thursday

           THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018

          9:00-9:50am

          10:00-10:50am

          11:00-11:50am

          Keynote

          11:50-1:15pm

          Lunch & Awards

          1:15-2:05pm

          2:15-3:05pm

          3:05-3:25pm

          Break
          Sponsored by Elanco

          3:25-4:15pm

          4:25-5:15pm

          5:15-6:15pm

        • 2018 Schedule Friday

          FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018

          8:00-8:50am

          9:00-9:50am

          9:50-10:10am

          Break

          10:10-11:00am

          11:10-Noon 

          Noon-12:45pm

          Lunch

          12:45-1:35pm

          1:45-2:35pm

          2:45-3:35pm

         

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        Registration will be open soon, please check back later or email us at ope@vetmed.illinois.edu for more information.

        • HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITIES

          Laboratories and workshops require an additional registration fee and are not subject to refunds. Should a program not meet minimum registration requirements it may be cancelled. If the program is cancelled, registrants will be notified and all registration fees associated with the program will be refunded in full.

        • CONFERENCE SOCIAL EVENTS

           

        • Keynote Speakers

          Sarah Probst Miller, DVM

          Dr. Sarah is President and Creative Director of AgCreate Solutions, Inc and director of Agrischool Party Lmt. Sarah did her pre-veterinary work at Eastern Illinois University on basketball scholarship and served as Captain of the squad her Jr and Sr years. Sarah graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, and also attended the Executive Veterinary Program at U of IL in 2009. Dr. Sarah has served as an on-farm pig vet for over 18 years.  AgCreate Solutions specializes in developing creative and immersive educational and marketing experiences for the ag and veterinary industry. From salmon farming to pork production to dairy leadership training to global welfare and sustainability training initiatives, AgCreate has experience in creation of engaging learning experiences. AgCreate currently employs techie creatives with a variety of skills ranging from graphical design to instructional technology to videography to editorial skills. Agrischool Party Lmt delivers e-learning via online learning management experiences like Pork Avenue Training Portal. Pork Avenue has over 120 e-learning experiences in English and Spanish across all aspects of Pork Production.  Sarah and her husband Matt have 3 children aged 13, 11 and 7, two girls and a boy. Matt and Sarah also own a brewery in Monticello, IL, Monarch Brewing Company. Sarah enjoys reading, writing, and playing the piano; she is a volunteer musician and director for two local choirs at St. Philomena, The Folk Group and the Kid’s Choir. Dr. Sarah grew up on a pig farm in Sigel, IL. For more information, check out AgCreate’s website at www.agcreate.com or Pork Avenue Training Portal www.porkavenuetraining.com.

        • Speakers

          2019 Fall Conference Speakers

          Learn more about some of our alumni speakers here!

          Loukia Agapis
          DVM, MS
          Instructor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Agapis leads the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She studied veterinary medicine at the University of Thessaly, Greece. As a student, she volunteered at various animal shelters, and later on in private practice she continued her efforts to help homeless animals. Shortly afterwards, she realized she wanted to dedicate her life to helping those most in need. Dr. Agapis has completed the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program and earned a Master’s in Veterinary Medical Science with a focus in Shelter Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Public Health through the University of Florida. She has also trained with IVAS in veterinary acupuncture and is a certified FEMA first responder. Dr. Agapis’ interests include population health, behavioral medicine, and surgery. When Dr. Agapis is not with the shelter medicine team, she runs the Junior Surgery and International Programs. Each summer she travels to Greece, volunteering her time to the local stray population on the island of Rhodes. In her free time, Dr. Agapis loves spending time with her family and traveling.

          Sarah Allison ’01
          DVM, DACLAM
          Associate Director, DAR, and Clinical Associate Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Sarah Allison is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Director for the Division of Animal Resources. She completed a residency in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago prior to working at the Urbana campus. She served as a Public Policy Faculty Fellow for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and in the Future Leaders program of the American Veterinary Medical Association. This session will assist veterinarians and their support teams in leadership development and effective communication.

          Diego Almeida
          Instructor (Farrier)
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Diego Almeida CJF EE is part of the farrier team and lead instructor of the farrier science program at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In addition to being a Certified Journeyman Farrier with the American Farrier’s Association, Diego is an AFA  Approved Tester and Certification Instructor. He is also involved in farrier certifications across the United States and abroad.

          Diego’s background with horses began growing up in Brazil, where he trained and competed in show jumping, dressage, and endurance from a young age. A graduate of Midwest Horseshoeing School, Diego was later recognized with the International Hoof Care Summit’s Rising Star Award in 2014. He is also a two-time recipient of the AFA’s J. Scott Simpson Outstanding Educator Award (2015 and 2016).

          Connie Austin ’93 PhD
          DVM, MPH, PhD
          Illinois Dept. of Public Health Veterinarian
          Springfield, Ill.

          Connie Austin started her career in public health working as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Fellow with the CDC. Since then, she has worked as the state public health veterinarian and infectious disease epidemiologist for the Illinois Department of Public Health.

          Scott M. Austin ’90 MS
          DVM, MS
          Diplomate, ACVIM (Large Animal)
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Equine Medicine and Surgery Section Head
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Austin is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. He completed a residency in equine medicine at the University of Illinois and became board-certified in large animal internal medicine in 1992. After completion of his residency, Dr. Austin has worked at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in the ambulatory section and has been employed in equine private practice.

          Anne Barger ’96
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVP
          Clinical Associate Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Anne is a Clinical Professor and has worked at U of I since 2002.  Her research interests include cytology and immunohistochemistry.

          Michael Biehl ’83
          DVM, PhD, MBA
          Diplomate, ABT
          Clinical Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Michael L. Biehl, DVM, PhD, MBA, DABT. Currently Clinical Professor of Toxicology, CVM.  Previously spent 18 years in pharmaceutical R & D with Pfizer, Inc.  Instructor /coordinator of 8 different courses in professional and graduate curriculum college liaison for corporate relations.

          Ben Blair
          DVM
          Graduate Research Assistant
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Ben Blair is a 2016 graduate of the University of Illinois. Upon graduation he practice for a short period of time in southern Illinois before returning to the University to complete his Ph.D.

          Brandi Burton
          DVM Student, Class of 2019
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Phillip Bushby ’72
          DVM, DACVS
          Department of Clinical Sciences
          CVM, Mississippi State University
          Mississippi, Miss.

          Phil Bushby, a 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois CVM, is a Board-Certified Surgeon who has served on the faculty at Mississippi State University CVM for 40 years. His focus has been spay/neuter taking junior and senior veterinary students to animal shelters to provide basic wellness care and spay neuter services for over 20 years. He was a member of the organizing committee for the shelter medicine specialty board and received the ASPCA’s Henry Berg Award in 2008, the A VMA’s Animal Welfare Award in 2012 and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians Meritorious Service Award in 2015. He holds the Marcia Lane Endowed Chair of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare at Mississippi State University. Never afraid to shy away from controversial issues Dr. Bushby explores the issues of pet overpopulation and the role that veterinarians may have in addressing this problem. His talks will focus on pediatric spay neuter and high volume spay neuter clinics. He will be addressing not just the how, but the why for both of these topics.

          Heather Case
          DVM, MPH, DACVPM, CAE
          Chief Executive Officer
          International Council for Veterinary Assessment
          Crystal Lake, Ill.

          Dr. Heather Case is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Council for Veterinary Assessment where she serves both a key strategic planning and day-to-day managerial role in the corporation. She is board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a Certified Association Executive. She has been involved in organized veterinary medicine for the majority of her career. Her current volunteer positions include serving as the Veterinary Medical Association Executive’s representative to the AVMA’s Early Career Development Committee and she is also a member of the AVMF Board of Directors.

          Dr. Case is a native of Minnesota. She received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota and completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada. After completing her internship, she entered private mixed animal practice in rural Minnesota focusing primarily on equine medicine and surgery. Following several years in practice she returned to the University of Minnesota to complete a veterinary public health residency, earning her Master of Public Health degree. While a resident, as a volunteer member of the AVMA’s Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT), Dr. Case deployed to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina where she served in logistics and as Commander of Shelter Veterinary Medicine for the Lamar Dixon Animal Shelter which housed over 10,000 animals during the 30-day operation. After completing her residency, she served as an AAAS/AVMA Congressional Fellow for a Member of Congress in Washington, DC. She went on to join the staff of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) originally as the National Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Response and then as Director of the Scientific Activities Division. Dr. Case joined the ICVA staff in July of 2014.

          Dr. Case is an avid Morgan Horse and Schipperke dog enthusiast.

          Jane Desmond
          PhD, M. Phil, MFA
          Professor
          Dept. of Anthropology
          University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Jane Desmond is Professor of Anthropology and of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also Affiliated Faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  A specialist in human-animal relations, she is the author or editor of five books and Founding Resident Director of the UIUC international Animal Studies Institute for graduate students, professional students, and post docs from around the world. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and is Founding Editor of the University of Chicago Press book series Animal Lives.  Her current research focuses on the practice of veterinary medicine in comparison with the structures of human medicine in the United States.

          Sandra Faeh
          DVM
          Professor
          Elmhurst Animal Care Center
          University of Illinois
          Elmhurst, Ill.

          Dr. Sandra Faeh obtained her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois in 1996 after doing her undergraduate work in animal sciences, also at the University of Illinois. She became a part owner of her first clinic in December of 1998.  Currently, she is part owner of 4 small animal clinics in the western suburbs of Chicago.

          With over 22 years of practice experience, Dr. Faeh has seen her share of gender inequality, some favoring men, and some favoring women.  She sees every situation as an opportunity to learn and grow.  Though we can’t win them all, we can succeed most of the time!

          Lawrence Firkins DVM ‘86, MS ’96, MBA ’01
          DVM, MBA, MS
          Professor
          Associate Dean of Public Engagement
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.  

          Kathryn Fleming
          DVM, PhD
          Diplomate, AVCO
          Assistant Professor
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Fleming obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 2010. She subsequently completed an internship at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Dr. Fleming then completed a combined ophthalmology residency and PhD program at Oklahoma State University, with a research emphasis on fungal keratitis in the horse. Dr. Fleming became faculty at the University of Illinois in September 2016 and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

          Kari Foss ’08
          DVM, MS
          Diplomate, ACVIM (Neurology)
          Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Foss is an assistant professor in Neurology at the University of Illinois and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine in Neurology. She has an interest in all aspects of neurology, but has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of spinal column disorders, including intervertebral disc disease, spinal tumors, and cervical spondylomyelopathy. She has conducted research utilizing various methods to assess the gait in Doberman Pinschers with cervical spondylomyelopathy. This research has led to a continued interest in gait analysis of patients suffering from spinal cord disease and working to establish improved parameters to assess patient’s recovery of mobility.

          Dennis French
          DVM
          Diplomate, ABVP (Equine)
          Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. French graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1978 and began his professional career as an instructor at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where he did both ambulatory and in-house large animal medicine and surgery.  Dennis then went to a private equine practice in Naperville, IL for a period of time before returning to LSU as an Assistant Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery.  Dr. French was active in large animal practice during his career at LSU as well as being involved in numerous large animal research projects. He has published over 65 refereed papers on various large animal topics. He has also presented numerous continuing education talks to audiences throughout the world. Dr. French certified as a Diplomate of Equine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1985, and has maintained his certification in 1993, 2006 and 2014. Dr. French served as the lead shelter veterinarian for the Hurricane Katrina equine relief effort in 2005, spending over 50 days meeting the needs of over 300 rescued horses. He joined the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine as a Professor of Large Animal Medicine in 2009 and currently serves as the Head of Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. He and his bride of 35 years are owners of a small farm in East Central Illinois that has chickens, Katahdin sheep, a Paso Fino and a Donkey. Dr. French has over 55 publications dealing with parasites of horses and cattle and has maintained an interest in practical, overall herd care for the horse.

          Ryan Fries
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Ryan Fries is an Assistant Professor of Cardiology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine.  He received his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 after completing his clinical  rotations at Washington  State University. Dr. Fries completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at The Ohio State University  and a cardiology  residency at Texas A&M University. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2012.  Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Fries worked as a staff cardiologist in a private  referral practice in Cincinnati, OH and then a Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology at Texas A&M University and an Associate Research Scientist for the Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS). Dr. Fries’ research interests are focused on advanced cardiac imaging, interventional procedures, feline myocardial disease, and clinical trials.

          Laura Garrett ’91
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVIS (Oncology)
          Clinical Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Laura Garrett received her undergraduate and DVM degrees from the University of Illinois. She did a 1-year rotating internship at the University of Minnesota and then worked in a private referral practice in the twin cities for 2 years. She next completed a 2-year residency in comparative oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after which she spent 1-1/2 years at a referral practice in New Zealand. She then helped to begin and build an oncology program at Kansas State University from 1998-2006. In June 2006 she joined the faculty here at her alma mater. Dr.  Garrett’s main interests include teaching and clinical service, with research interests that focus on clinical trials of new anticancer agents.

          Ilana Glasberg
          Veterinary Intern
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Santiago D. Gutierrez Nibeyro
          DVM, MS
          Diplomate, ACVS
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Gutierrez-Nibeyro has been around horses since he was four years old, and he developed an interest in a veterinary career while working on his family’s cattle ranch in northern Argentina. As an equine surgeon at the Large Animal Clinic, he provides state-of-the-art surgical service for horses, including minimally invasive surgical procedures such as trans-endoscopic upper-airway laser surgery.

          Dr. Gutierrez-Nibeyro is especially interested in imaging and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries of horses. He has published studies of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of foot injuries in horses and continues to explore the use of interventional MRI for guiding cell and biologic treatments for soft tissue injuries.

          At the college he enjoys teaching introduction to surgery, large animal surgery, equine lameness, and equine musculosketal imaging and interacting with students who are on the equine clinical rotation.

          Devon Hague
          DVM, MS
          Diplomate, ACVIM (Neurology)
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          After receiving her veterinary degree from Ohio State, Dr. Hague completed a general internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Connecticut.  Following this, she completed a neurology specialty internship at Center for Veterinary Specialty Care in Texas. Dr. Hague comes to Illinois after completing her neurology residency at a private practice in Northern Virginia.

          Tisha Harper
          DVM, MS
          Diplomate, ACVS-SA, CCRP
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Tisha Harper is a board-certified small animal surgeon with special interest in orthopedics and rehabilitation. She graduated from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad West Indies, in 1995 and completed her surgical residency training at the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Dr. Harper heads the small animal orthopedic and rehabilitation services at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. She is particularly interested in treatments/modalities to improve the quality of life for pets with chronic osteoarthritis, as well as fracture repair.

          Jack Herrmann ’78
          DVM, MPH
          Clinical Associate Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          DVM/MPH Program Director
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Jack Herrmann, DVM, MPH, received a BA in biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1974 and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. Upon graduation, he joined a private practice in Freeport, IL, focusing on dairy herd health, small animal medicine, and wildlife rehabilitation. In 1989, he passed clinical specialty Board examinations and became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, specializing in cattle and canine reproduction. In 2003, he completed his Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. Through 2004, he continued in private practice and did contract work for the Stephenson County Health Department, primarily in community health assessment. From 2003-2004, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the United States Senate in the offices of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and worked primarily on public health policy legislation. Dr. Herrmann joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 to further develop and direct the joint degree DVM/MPH program and serves as the Director of that program and of the Center for One Health Illinois.  In 2009, Dr. Herrmann was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor at UIUC. Since 2003, he has also served as Division Affiliate Professor at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Herrmann was the 2014 recipient at the School of Public Heatlh, UICof the Senator John Meccher Leadership in Public Policy award and , in 2016, the Silver Circle Award for Teaching Excellence at UIC.

          Suzett Hexum
          DVM
          Illinois Field Veterinary Medical Officer
          United States Dept. of Agriculture
          Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
          Humboldt, Ill.

          Dr. Hexum received her DVM degree in 1995 from Kansas State University. She went into private practice in Oregon where she worked in a mixed & exotic animal practice. She became a Public Health Veterinarian for USDA-FSIS in 2001 where she spent time as an ante-mortem veterinarian, an inspector-in-charge, and a mentor. In 2008, she became a field veterinary medical officer for USDA-APHIS, Veterinary Services, where she performs disease surveillance and investigates cases of possible foreign animal disease. She also oversees the National Veterinary Accreditation Program in Illinois. She is the liaison between University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and USDA. She now collaborates with the University and is the course coordinator for the Regulatory Medicine rotation being offered to second year veterinary students.

          Yvette Johnson-Walker DVM ’89, MS ’93
          DVM, PhD, MS
          Clinical Instructor, Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Yvette Johnson-Walker received bachelor’s degrees in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. She received her DVM in 1989 and a Master’s in Veterinary Clinical Medicine in 1993, both also from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 1998, she completed a PhD in Analytical Epidemiology from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. She is currently a lecturer in clinical epidemiology at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine—Center for One Health Illinois.  Her research interests include risk factors for interspecies transmission of zoonotic pathogens and emergency preparedness for zoos and aquariums.

          Yvette has conducted several training and response exercises for public health professionals in association with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, and the Center for One Health Illinois. She serves as the principal investigator for USDA funded projects entitled “Flu at the Zoo” and “Zoo Ready” since 2012 and is a member of the University of Illinois-Urbana Infectious Disease Working Group that is charged with development and coordination of the UIUC campus response to an infectious disease outbreak.

          Steve Juriga ‘87
          DVM
          Diplomate, AVDC
          River Heights Veterinary Hospital
          Oswego, Ill.

          Dr. Juriga, earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1987. He returned to the University of Illinois to complete a dental residency from 2002-2006, under board certified dentist and surgeon, Dr. Sandra Manfra. In 2007, he became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and co-authored the 2013 American Animal Hospital Association’s Dental Care Guidelines.

          Dr. Juriga provides veterinary dental services at Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquaruim.

          Saki Kadotani
          DVM
          Resident (Cardiology)
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Kadotani received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from NC State University in 2015 and completed a rotating internship at Ohio State University in 2016. She is currently in her third year of cardiology residency.

          Stephanie Keating
          DVM, DVSc, DACVAA
          Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Stephanie Keating is a board-certified specialist in veterinary anesthesia and pain management. She received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College and practiced in the Toronto area before returning to the OVC, where she completed her residency and Doctor of Veterinary Science graduate degree in anesthesiology. Dr. Keating also has an interest in the wellbeing of laboratory animals and received certification in laboratory animal medicine from the University of Guelph. She spent a few years as an anesthesiologist in private referral practice before joining the anesthesia team at the University of Illinois. Her desire to contribute to the field of veterinary anesthesia and pain management has led her to stay actively involved with research.

          Krista Keller
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACZM
          Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Keller is a veterinary specialist in Zoological Medicine with a passion for Zoological Companion Animals. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Keller teaches, performs research and provides clinical service for captive zoological patients. She enjoys practicing medicine in a way that improves the human-animal bond.

          Katherine Kling
          DVM
          Instructor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Fabio Lima
          DVM, MS, PhD, DACT
          Assistant Professor of Theriogenology
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Jim Lowe DVM ’94, MS ’04
          DVM, MS, Diplomate ABVP (Food Animal)
          Associate Professor
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Bianca Martins
          DVM, MS, PhD
          Diplomate, ACVO
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Bianca Martins received her DVM degree from São Paulo State University (UNESP) in her native Brazil in 2002. She obtained her Master of Science and PhD in Veterinary Ophthalmology from the same institution in 2005 and 2008, respectively. She then completed postdoctoral studies at a combined program between UNESP and University of Florida. Dr. Martins then completed her ophthalmology residency training at University of Florida in 2015 and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). Dr. Martins is currently an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Illinois – USA.

          Erin Long Mays ’08
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVECC
          Resident (Emergency and Critical Care)
          CVM, North Carolina State University
          Raleigh, NC.

          Dr. Mays is a criticalist at Veterinary Specialty Services in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving her veterinary degree from University of Illinois in 2008, she was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. After over five years of active duty in the Army including 22 months overseas, Dr. Mays began pursuing her interest in critical care at NC State University where she completed an ECC internship and residency. She has a strong clinical interest in trauma resuscitation, transfusion therapy, and disorders of coagulation as well as ongoing research in trauma hemostasis and development of novel transfusion products and strategies.

          Annette McCoy
          DVM, PhD, MS
          Diplomate, ACVS
          Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Annette McCoy is an Assistant Professor in Equine surgery at the University of Illinois. She has both a clinical and research interest in equine orthopedics, particularly developmental orthopedic diseases (such as osteochondrosis) and osteoarthritis. Her primary research focus is determining the genetic risk factors involved in orthopedic disease, as well as performance and gait, in horses.

          Ashley Mitek ’11
          DVM, MS
          Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Maureen Mulhall
          Lobbyist, Government Relations
          Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association
          Springfield, IL

          Dennis O’Brien ’75
          DVM, PhD, MS
          Diplomate, DACVIM (Neurology)
          Professor
          Dept. of Medicine and Surgery
          CVM, University of Missouri
          Columbia, MO

          Dr. Dennis O’Brien is the Chancellor’s Chair in Comparative Neurology in the Department of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery at the University of Missouri.  He received his DVM degree from U of I.  After 3 years in general practice, he returned to the Illinois to complete a residency in neurology and a PhD in neuroscience.  He is board certified in neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the recipient of the 2011 Kirk Award for Professional Excellence from the ACVIM.  His research focuses on hereditary and acquired diseases of the nervous system including epilepsy, movement disorders, developmental disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases.

          Jennifer Ostrom ‘03
          DVM
          Greenville Veterinary Clinic
          Greenville, Ill.

          Dr. Jennifer Ostrom graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and has been a proud member of the Greenville Veterinary Clinic team since 1998.  Her interests include beef and dairy herd health, bovine reproductive ultrasound, and equine and companion animal dentistry. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, children, two cats and doing any type of outdoor activities. Away from work, she is a photography enthusiast, and a cooking and quilting student.

          Shira Parks
          DVM Student, Class of 2020
          Vice President Elect,
          UIUC Student Chapter of Woman’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Shira is currently a 3rd year veterinary student at the University of Illinois CVM. She is the current VP of our Student Chapter of Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative as well as the President of the behavior club. She will be talking about a student’s prospective of the role gender plays in veterinary medicine as well as in the classroom.

          Jason Pieper
          DVM, Diplomate, ACVD
          Clinical Instructor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Jason Pieper obtained his DVM from Iowa State University in 2009. From there he pursued his future in Dermatology with a rotating internship in the Greater Chicago area followed by a dermatology internship in Phoenix. He arrived at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to start working on his MS in 2011 and started his Dermatology Residency in 2013. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2015 and has been a Clinical Assistant Professor since July 2015. His areas of specialty and research interest include ear diseases, allergic dermatitis, dermatophytosis, platelet rich plasma, dermoscopy, clinical pharmacology, and dermatohistopathologv.

          Bob Poppenga ‘78
          DVM, PhD
          Diplomate, ABVT
          Professor of Clinical Molecular Biosciences
          CVM, UC Davis
          Davis, Cal.

          Dr. Robert Poppenga is Professor of Clinical Veterinary Toxicology and Section Head, Toxicology Laboratory at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS), School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California at Davis. He has been at UCD since 2004. Previously, he has been a faculty member at Michigan State University and University of Pennsylvania.

          He received his DVM and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois (Go Illini!). He is board-certified by the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and has served that organization in a number of roles including President. He has almost 30 years of experience as a diagnostic veterinary toxicologist including previous faculty and diagnostic laboratory positions at Michigan State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

          The Toxicology Laboratory at CAHFS is one of the busiest of its kind in the world and offers comprehensive diagnostic toxicology testing. His research interests include diagnostic veterinary toxicology, wildlife toxicology, and development of biomarkers for chemical exposure. He teaches veterinary toxicology to veterinary students at the School of Veterinary Medicine and advises Residents in diagnostic veterinary toxicology at CAHFS.

          Heidi Pulito ‘11
          DVM
          Sandwich Veterinary Hospital
          Sandwich, Ill.

          Dr. Heidi Pulito is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and currently works in a small animal general practice in Sandwich, Illinois. She is a lover of grey beards and feeble whiskers and has developed a passion for geriatric medicine. This led her to become certified in animal hospice and palliative care through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care. In just a few months she will be opening her own mobile end of life care business called “Unleashed with Grace: Animal Home Hospice and Euthanasia. She also enjoys encouraging other veterinarians and has written her first book entitled “Victory Unleashed: a Veterinarian’s Tale of Thriving in a Profession Marked with Depression”. She resides in Sandwich, IL with her husband and small chieweenie named Eve.

          Chelsey Ramirez ’10
          DVM
          Visiting Clinical Instructor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Jennifer Reinhart ’10
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVIM (SAIM)
          Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Reinhart is excited to be back at her alma mater, the University of Illinois, as an assistant professor in small animal internal medicine. She recently completed a PhD and residency in veterinary clinical pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin. This presentation will cover the ins and outs of therapeutic drug monitoring for a variety of drugs including anticonvulsants, immunosuppressives, and antimicrobials. Emphasis will be placed on clinical situations in which measuring drug levels improves therapy and enhances patient care.

          Marcella Ridgway MS ’97
          VMD, MS
          Clinical Associate Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Amy Schnelle DVM ’08, MS ’13
          DVM, MS
          Diplomate, ACVP
          Clinical Instructor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Amy Schnelle is a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Clinical Pathology). She worked in a commercial diagnostic laboratory for several years before returning to U of I in September 2018 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology. She has broad interests within clinical pathology, though is particularly interested in practical approaches to clinical diagnostic medicine.

          Cliff Shipley
          DVM
          Clinical Associate Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Staci Slager
          DVM
          Veterinary Supervisor
          Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare
          Illinois Department of Agriculture
          Springfield, Ill.

          Aaron Smiley ‘07
          DVM
          Devonshire Veterinary Clinic
          Anderson, IN

          Heather Soder
          CVT
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Heather has been a veterinary nurse since 1996 – she’s also a local groomer with a special interest in cats. She currently works with our junior surgery and shelter medicine patients and incorporates feline friendly handling as part of the student curriculum.

          Amy Somrak ’10
          DVM, MBA
          Diplomate, AVDC
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          After graduating with honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, Dr. Amy Somrak continued her association with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, completing a small animal internship, and then a residency in dentistry under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta. As a veterinary student, she received the Dr. Albert S. Dorn Award for Excellence in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery. She took on the role of Dentistry Service Head at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital after Dr. Manfra’s retirement. Dr. Somrak is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the VTH Dentistry Service.

          Jonathan Stack
          DVM
          Resident (Cardiology)
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Jonathan Stack is a second-year cardiology resident at the University of Illinois. Following graduation, Dr. Stack completed an internship at Purdue University. He then worked as a full-time emergency veterinarian at Veterinary Referral Associates near Washington, DC. Most recently, Dr. Stack participated in a research fellowship using stem cells to model cardiovascular disease at Stanford University.

          Josh Stern
          DVM, PhD
          Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)
          Associate Professor
          Dept. of Medicine and Epidemiology
          CVM, University of California
          Davis, CA

          Joshua Stern is an associate professor of cardiology at the University of California, Davis.  He works in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC Davis and is a member of the Center for Companion Animal Health. His clinical interests include mechanisms of arrhythmia, inherited heart disease and medical management of cardiac disease.

          Dr. Stern is an active researcher in veterinary cardiology, canine genetics and pharmacogenomics. He operates a cardiac genetics laboratory that trains graduate students in addition to cardiology residents.  Dr. Stern has authored more than 60 publications and frequently lectures internationally on the topics of veterinary cardiology and genetics.  He is an associate editor for the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology and a Small Animal Advisory Board Member for the Morris Animal Foundation.

          He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he also completed a small animal rotating internship.  Dr. Stern completed his cardiology residency through North Carolina State University and earned his PhD through research and graduate studies with Washington State University Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Laboratory.

          Matt Stewart
          MVet, PhD, MVSc
          Fellow, Australian CVS (Equine)
          Associate Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Matt Stewart received his Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 1985, and stayed on at Sydney to complete a Clinical Internship and Residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery. He became a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, with specialist certification in Equine Surgery, in 1994. Matthew completed a PhD in the cellular and molecular biology of cartilage at Cornell University in 1998 and, after a four-year stint on faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, joined the veterinary faculty at the University of Illinois in 2003. Matthew has continued his clinical and research interests in equine musculoskeletal diseases and his recent research has been focused on stem cell and regenerative therapies in equine practice.

          Robert Swinger ‘03
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVO
          Animal Eye Guys of South Florida
          Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

          Dr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in 2004, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship in 2005 and residency in 2009 at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago before returning in 2011 to launch Animal Eye Guys. Over the past few years, Animal Eye Guys has expanded to multiple locations across South Florida extending from Miami to West Palm Beach. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

          In his work environment, Dr. Swinger enjoys teaching and taking active roles in the clinic’s internship/residency programs. He is an active lecturer/wet lab instructor across the nation including the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, The Gulf Atlantic Veterinary Conference, Vet Vacation CE, University of Illinois, St. Matthew’s University, and many local events for his referring veterinary community. His special interests include surgical and medical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and corneal physiology. Outside of the veterinary arena, Dr. Swinger enjoys spending time with his family (which includes his twins, Keegan and Francesca, and a toy poodle, Sophia) and enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and traveling.

          Lara Tomich
          DVM
          Veterinary Resident (Dermatology)
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Caroline Tonozzi ’03
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVECC
          Clincal Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Tonozzi is a 2003 graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed an internship at Veterinary Referral Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland, then a residency in ECC at the former Animal Emergency Center in Glendale, Wisconsin.  She had worked at a private specialty hospital outside of Chicago until she joined the faculty here in September 2017.

          Dominic Travis
          DVM, MS
          Associate Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Population Medicine
          CVM, University of Minnesota
          St. Paul, Min.

          Dominic Travis DVM, MS is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, with appointments in the School of Public Health and Institute on the Environment.  He is an expert in wildlife epidemiology and veterinary public health, focusing on how resilient & sustainable biodiversity supports human, animal and environmental health. His formal education consists of a BS in Zoology (North Carolina State), DVM (Michigan State), MS in Epidemiology (University of Maryland); Internship at USDA’s Plum Island Animal Disease Control Center; and Residency in Applied Epidemiology at the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, he was VP of Conservation and Science at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.  Most of his work has focused on developing multidisciplinary solutions to zoonotic infectious disease emergence at the interface of humans and animals, taking into account cultural values, land use choices, and the interaction between rural livelihoods, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, wildlife trade and the role of wildlife in global food security.

          Robert Trimble ‘13
          DVM
          Fuzzy Pet Health
          San Francisco, Cal.

          Jordan Vitt
          DVM
          Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Vitt is originally from Columbus, Ohio and completed his undergraduate and veterinary degrees at The Ohio State University. After vet school, he went to University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA for his small animal rotating internship and then completed his residency in cardiology at Texas A&M University in July 2016. He has been at University of Illinois since August 2016 and is currently a clinical assistant professor of cardiology.

          Sharon Wagner
          DVM, RDCS
          Instructor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Wagner earned her Doctor of veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1998 and has been practicing veterinary medicine for 20 years; the last two have been here at the University of Illinois as an Ultrasonography Instructor.  She teaches abdominal ultrasound to senior imaging students, and performs and interprets ultrasound studies for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

          Robert Weedon
          DVM, MPH
          Clinical Assistant Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Bob Weedon is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is the retired Senior Partner of College Road Animal Hospital, PLLC, a nine-doctor, two-location veterinary practice in Wilmington, North Carolina.

          Dr. Weedon attended the Management Academy for Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was the community partner on the team that represented New Hanover County. In 2007, he completed a year-long leadership development program at the Southeast Public Health Leadership Institute within the UNC School of Public Health.

          Julia Whittington ’97
          DVM
          Clinical Professor and Chief of Staff
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Julia Whittington is a Clinical Professor of Zoological Medicine and serves as the Director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic, which cares for nearly 2,000 wild animals annually and is staffed by teams of veterinary students. Dr. Whittington coordinates the Wildlife and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery clinical veterinary student rotations. Her interests include avian, small mammal, and wildlife medicine. Dr. Whittington is active in public education and outreach, serving as the College of Veterinary Medicine Public Response Team member for wildlife and environmental health issues. She also works with the Office of Public Engagement as the Wildlife and Exotic Animal Extension Veterinarian for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

          Pamela Wilkins 
          DVM, PhD, MS
          Professor
          Dept. of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
          CVM, University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Tina Wismer
          DVM, DABVT, DABT
          Medical Director
          ASPCA Poison Control Center
          Urbana, Ill.

          Dr. Tina Wismer earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Findlay in Ohio and received her DVM from Purdue University in 1994. Dr. Wismer’s first job was in a small animal practice in Michigan. She then went on to work in an emergency practice in South Bend, IN, before joining the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center in 1998 in Urbana, IL. She is currently its Medical Director.

          Dr. Wismer is an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois, a consultant for VIN (Veterinary Information Network), a board member of Vetstreet comanda master gardener.

          Don Wuebbles
          PhD, MS
          Professor
          Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences
          University of Illinois
          Urbana, Ill.

          Donald J. Wuebbles is the Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois. He is also a Presidential Fellow at the University of Illinois, with the aim of helping the university system develop new initiatives in urban sustainability. From 2015 to early 2017, Dr. Wuebbles was Assistant Director with the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC, where he was the White House expert on climate science.  He was Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois from 1994 to 2006. Dr. Wuebbles led the development of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment, and was its first director. While Department Head, he led the development of two highly successful undergraduate programs, one in Atmospheric Sciences, and the other, an interdisciplinary major, in Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability (ESES).

          Dr. Wuebbles is an expert in atmospheric physics and chemistry, with over 500 scientific publications related to the Earth’s climate, air quality, and the stratospheric ozone layer. However his work goes well beyond that through providing analyses and development of metrics used in national and international policy and in developing analyses for understanding climate impacts on society and ecosystems, plus potential resilience and societal responses. He has co-authored a number of international and national scientific assessments, including several international climate assessments led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that resulted in IPCC being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was a leader in both the 2013 IPCC international assessment of climate science and the 2014 3rd U.S. National Climate Assessment. More recently, he co-led the Climate Science Special Report, the 475-page first volume of the 4th U.S. National Climate Assessment published in November 2017 that assesses the science of climate change as required by the U.S. Congress under the 1990 Global Change Act. He is currently working on Volume 2 of the 4th national Climate Assessment (to be published in the December 2018) and a new assessment of the science on the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes. Dr. Wuebbles has previously led special assessments of the impacts of climate change on human society and ecosystems for the U.S. Midwest, the U.S. Northeast, the Great Lakes region, and a special assessment for the city of Chicago.

          Dr. Wuebbles has received several major awards, including the Cleveland Abbe Award from the American Meteorological Society, the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is a Fellow of three major professional science societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society. He will receive the Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award from the American Geophysical Union in December 2018.

          Dr. Wuebbles has two degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1970, 1972) and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California, Davis (1983). Don and his wife, Barbara, have three sons and five grandchildren.

          Angela Yates ‘08
          DVM
          Yates Equine Veterinary Services
          Indianapolis, Ind.

          Dr. Yates graduated from the Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and subsequently completed an equine hospital internship at Peterson and Smith in Ocala, FL. After the completion of her internship, she returned to her hometown of Indianapolis and established Yates Equine Veterinary Services in 2009. Dr. Yates has a special interest in treating performance horses and was certified in acupuncture in 2010, animal chiropractic in 2011, and equine rehabilitation in 2014. She is currently pursuing certification through the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP). In order to enhance the diagnostic imaging capabilities of the practice, Dr. Yates installed an equine standing MRI at her farm in the spring of 2017.

        • CONFERENCE DETAILS

          Location

          iHotel and Conference Center
          1900 South First Street
          Champaign, IL
          217-819-5000

          Hands-on opportunities and tours will be offered at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Champaign County Humane Society. Shuttles will be available to transport conference registrants during these scheduled times. The shuttle to the College will depart from the main conference center entrance.

          iHotel Map

          Registration

          The early registration deadline is being determined at this time. Registrations faxed or postmarked after this date will be charged the on-site registration fee. Printed copies of the proceedings will be available to those who order them on or before the early registration deadline date.

          Registration is not open at this time. Please check back later for more information.

          You may also call our office at 217-333-2907 to register. 

          The full conference registration for veterinarians includes the following:

          • Admission to all conference lectures
          • One digital copy of conference proceedings
          • Access to proceedings online for viewing and printing one week prior to the conference
          • Refreshment breaks
          • Continental breakfasts
          • Lunches
          • Ticket to class reunion kick-off
          • Ticket to Thursday evening dinner with alumni association awards

          Attendance and participation in hands-on opportunities requires an additional registration fee.

          One-Day Registration

          One-day conference registration for veterinarians is available. Registration includes the following:

          • Admission to all conference lectures
          • One digital copy of conference proceedings
          • Access to proceedings online for viewing and printing one week prior to the conference
          • Refreshment break
          • Continental breakfast
          • Lunch
          • Ticket to class reunion kick-off for Friday-only registrants
          • Ticket to Thursday evening dinner with alumni association awards for Thursday-only registrants

          Attendance and participation in hands-on opportunities requires an additional fee.

          Spouses and Guests

          Spouse and guest registration includes continental breakfasts, all refreshment breaks, and lunches (and the Thursday evening dinner for those with Thursday registration). Please include spouses and guests on the registrant’s form.

          Practice Passes

          A practice pass can be purchased for the two-day conference and used by one veterinarian per day. One digital copy of the proceedings will be given to the first person who attends to be shared between the registrants within that practice. Each person attending the conference should be indicated on the registration form.

          Conference Fees

          Payment must be provided at the time of registration to guarantee enrollment. Conference fees are payable by check or money order to the University of Illinois by Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express and are due at the time of registration. Early registration is recommended.

          Early RegistrationLate Registration
          Full Conference$$
          Thursday Only$$
          Friday Only$$
          Spouse & Guest Full Conference$$
          Spouse & Guest Thursday Only$$
          Spouse & Guest Friday Only$$
          Practice Pass$$
          Pre-Conference Session: Ultrasound Lecture$N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Bandaging Lecture$N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Bandaging Lecture and Lab$N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Becoming the Employer of Choice$N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Shelter Medicine$N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: USDA Accreditation$N/A

          Refund and Cancellation Policy

          Full refunds, less a $50 cancellation fee will be given if written notification is received by xxxx. Registrations are transferable. After xxxx, refunds will not be made. Refunds will not be made for hands-on opportunities. We reserve the right to cancel programs and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of a conference cancellation, all registrants will receive a full refund. The University is not responsible for travel expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.

          Proceedings

          Conference registrants will have online access to proceedings approximately one week prior to the conference. With their registration confirmation, registrants will receive a user name and password for accessing, viewing, and printing notes. Before arriving at the conference, registrants are encouraged to print the proceedings for the lectures they plan on attending.

          Every paid conference registrant will receive a digital copy of the proceedings (on flash drive or otherwise), which is included in the registration fee.

          Printed copies of the proceedings are available if pre-ordered on or before xxxx ($). This preference should be indicated on the registration form. Recent printed conference proceedings contained approximately 700 pages of notes.

          Continuing Education

          Continuing education credit is available for veterinarians. Conference attendees are responsible for completing the Continuing Education Record of Participation form and having it signed by a conference representative prior to leaving the conference. Conference attendees are then responsible for submitting the record to their respective licensing agency and maintaining a record of participation. Continuing Education Record of Participation forms will be included with the materials to be picked up at conference registration. Designated areas for obtaining signatures will be provided at the conference. Continuing education certificates will not be generated as in past years.

          Registration and Information Desk

          Registration packets, including your name badge, meal tickets, and Continuing Education Record of Participation forms, may be picked up at the registration desk located in the lobby of the conference center. This desk will be staffed during the following times:

          Wednesday, October 10     11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
          Thursday, October 11             7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
          Friday, October 12                   7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

          Transportation

          The University of Illinois is located near Interstates 57, 72, and 74. The community is also accessible by train via Amtrak and airplane through Willard Airport (CMI) at Savoy. Maps and directions to the College are available online at vetmed.illinois.edu/ope/.

          Registrants with Disabilities

          If you need an accommodation to attend this conference, please contact the Office of Public Engagement, 217-333-2907 or ope@vetmed.illinois.edu.

          Mark Your Calendar

          The 2020 Fall Conference dates are October 1-2, 2019.

          Parking

          Parking is available around the iHotel and Conference Center.  Additional parking is also available across the street at State Farm Center (formerly known as the Assembly Hall) parking lot.

          When visiting the College and not utilizing the conference shuttle, special conference parking will be available in the grassy area north of the Basic Sciences Building, just south of St. Mary’s Rd. Signs will be posted. Please do not park in any of the posted rental parking lots; you will receive a parking ticket and your automobile may be towed. The College of Veterinary Medicine is not responsible for costs incurred as a result of a parking ticket or an automobile tow.

          Special Accommodations

          If you need a special accommodation to attend this conference, please contact the Office of Public Engagement, 217-333-2907 or ope@vetmed.illinois.edu.

        • SPONSORS

          Visit our Sponsors during the conference.

          The 2018 Fall Conference is sponsored in part by:

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          • Class of 1962 Endowment Fund
          • Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund
          • Sidney Krock Radiology Lectureship Fund
        • HOTEL INFORMATION

          Conference attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. All hotel blocks will be held through the dates listed below. Mention “Vet Med Fall Conference” to receive the group rate. The conference will be held at the iHotel and Conference Center. It is recommended that you book your reservations early. The prices listed below do not include taxes.

        QUESTIONS?

        Please contact the Office of Public Engagement, 217-333-2907 or ope@vetmed.illinois.edu.