Continuing Education

Fall Conference for Veterinarians

 

 

October 11-12, 2018

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

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Future dates:

September 19-20, 2019

2018 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

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    • AT-A-GLANCE

      Wednesday

      Innovation ExcellenceQuadLoyalty
       9:00- 9:50 a.m.Bandaging

      Tisha Harper

       10:00- 10:50 a.m.Overview of the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters

      Robert Weedon

      We’re all on the Same Team: Overcoming Generational Differences

      Lawrence Firkins

      11:00- 11:50 a.m.Sanitation

      Loukia Agapis

      You Get One Shot at Effective Onboarding

      Lawrence Firkins

       11:50- 1:15 p.m.Break/ Lunch on Own
       1:15- 2:05 p.m.Ultrasound Anatomy: Normal & Abnormal Findings

      Sharon Wagner

      Pediatric Sterilization

      Philip Bushby

      Finding the Right New Vet: It’s Not What It Used to Be

      Jim Lowe

       

      USDA – Module 1: Introduction to NVAP

      Suzett Hexum

      2:15 – 3:05 p.m.Physics, Transducers, and Knobology: Understanding Ultrasound

      Sharon Wagner

       

      High Quality High Volume Spay and  Neuter

      Philip Bushby

      USDA – Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program, and Reportable Diseases

      Suzett Hexum

      3:05 – 3:25 p.m. Break
      3:25- 4:15 p.m.Feline Friendly Handling in a Clinic Setting

      Heather Soder, CVT 

      Employing a New Graduate from the Eyes of a Practitioner

      Jennifer Ostrom

      USDA – Module 10: Personal Protective Equipment for Veterinarians

      Suzett Hexum

      4:25 – 5:15 p.m.Preventative Care in Shelters

      Louika Agapis

       

      Employment through the Eyes of a Graduating Senior

      Abbie Janish, Annie Ryan, Brandi Burton, Jacob Maag, Morgan Temple

      USDA – Module 11: Sheep and Goats: Disease Awareness and Health Certificates

      Suzett Hexum

       

      Thursday

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

      Internal Parasite Control

      Dennis French

       Neurological Exam

      Kari Foss

      The Future of Work

      Robert Trimble

      USDA – Module 15: Disease Prevention and Biosecurity in Aquaculture

      Suzett Hexum  

      10:00-10:50 a.m.

      External Parasite Control

      Dennis French

      Movement Disorders: Who is this Basal Gang?

      Dennis O’Brien

      Organizational Design for the 21st Century Veterinary Practice

      Robert Trimble

      USDA – Module 28: Significant and Emerging Viral Diseases of Carp, Koi, and Goldfish

      Suzett Hexum

      11:00-11:50 a.m.   Keynote Speaker: Dean Stetter
      11:50-1:15 p.m.Lunch
      1:15-2:05 p.m.Indications for Equine Standing MRI

      Angie Yates

      All Weak and Tingly: Neuromuscular Disease

      Dennis O’Brien

      Onboarding through the Eyes of a Practitioner

      Aaron Smiley

      The Prescription Monitoring Program

      Maureen Mulhall

      2:15-3:05 p.m.

      Diagnostic Differences Between Standing and Recumbent MRI

      Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro

      Meeting the Needs of New Graduates through Technology

      Aaron Smiley

      Opioid Shortage

      Ashley Mitek

      3:05-3:25 p.m.Break
      3:25-4:15 p.m. Basics of Hoof Care

      Diego Almeida

      Genomics for Clinicians: Staying Ahead of the Breeders

      Dennis O’Brien

      Employment through the Eyes of a Graduating Senior

      Abbie Janish, Aislinn Klein, Amy Narotsky, Brandi Burton, Caroline Kalebich, Debbie Stratton, Jennise Fermoso, Shiloh Landskov

       My Approach to Trauma 

      Caroline Tonozzi

      4:25-5:15 p.m.Managing Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Do and Why

      Erin Long Mays

      Becoming an Employer of Choice: Round-table Discussion

      Abbie Janish, Aislinn Klein, Amy Narotsky, Brandi Burton, Caroline Kalebich, Debbie Stratton, Jennise Fermoso, Shiloh Landskov

      Rabies Update

      Robert Weedon

       

      Thursday (Rooms Continued:)

      Chancellor BallroomQuad RoomInnovation
      9:00-9:50 a.m. A Review and What’s New in Canine Mast Cell Tumors

      Laura Garrett

      Spotlight on Anemia in Dogs and Cats

      Amy Schnelle

      10:00-10:50 a.m.Staying Sane in a Busy Veterinary Practice – Recognizing and Fighting Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

      Laura Garrett

      A Practical Approach to Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

      Jennifer Reinhart

      11:00-11:50 a.m.   Keynote Speaker: Dean Stetter
      11:50-1:15 p.m.Lunch
      1:15-2:05 p.m.Use of Cytology and Biochemistry in the Diagnosis of Liver Disease

      Anne Barger

      Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease

      Jason Pieper

       The Nose Knows I: The Biology of Canine Scent

      Marcella Ridgway

      2:15-3:05 p.m. Urine-Nation: Laboratory Abnormalities in the Diagnosis of Renal Disease

      Anne Barger

      Where Has All the Hair Gone?!?!?!

      Jason Pieper

      The Nose Knows II: Canine Olfaction – Applications and Afflictions

      Marcella Ridgway

      3:05-3:25 p.m.Break
      3:25-4:15 p.m.Gland Canyon: Laboratory Abnormalities Associated with Endocrine Diseases

      Anne Barger

      This or That: Dissecting your Dermatology Differential List!

      Jason Pieper

       Gut Feeling: Non-GI Manifestations of GI Disease

      Marcella Ridgway

      4:25-5:15 p.m.Cytology of Lumps and Bumps

      Anne Barger

      Dermatology Database

      Lara Tomich

      Immunosuppressive Therapy in Small Animals: Vitamin P (Pred) and Beyond

      Marcella Ridgway

      Friday

      TechnologyLincolnAlma MaterHumanities
      8:00-8:50 a.m.An Update from the State Vet

      Staci Slager

        

      Difficult Extractions and Managing Extraction Complications

      Amy Somrak

      Feline Ophthalmology

      Robert Swinger

      Genetic Testing in Horses – Who, What, How, Why?

      Annette McCoy

      9:00-9:50 a.m.Management of the 4H Animal: An Update on Regulatory and Show Issues

      Staci Slager & Jim Lowe

      Focus on Feline Dentistry

      Katherine Kling

      What’s New in Veterinary Ophthalmology

      Robert Swinger

      Treatment Options for Sarcoids

      Matt Stewart

      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.Keeping Sheep Flocks and Goat Herds Healthy

      Cliff Shipley

      Pediatric Dentistry

      Stephen Juriga

      Eye Challenge You! Clinical Cases in Small Animal Ophthalmology

      Kathryn Fleming & Bianca Martins 

      11:10-NoonOptimizing Reproduction in Small Ruminants

      Cliff Shipley

      Setting Dental Standards for your Practice

      Stephen Juriga

      Ophthalmology in Exotic Pets: What is Different?

      Kathryn Fleming & Bianca Martins

      Noon-12:45 p.m.Lunch
      12:45-1:35 p.m.Tips From the Trenches: My Transition Back into Private Practice

      Chelsey Ramirez

      The Science of Aging: A Body System Approach to Small Animal Geriatric Care

      Heidi Pulito

      Ferret Wellness: Incorporating the Stinky Weasel into your Small Animal Practice

      Krista Keller

       Case Studies in Equine Medicine

      Scott Austin, Pamela Wilkins, Ilana Glasberg

       

      1:45 – 2:35 p.m.An Update on Bovine Theriogenology

      Fabio Lima

      The Quality of Life Conversation and Scales

      Heidi Pulito

      Evaluating the Zoo Companion Mammal for Pain and Providing Effective Analgesia

      Krista Keller

      2:45-3:35 p.m.Pharmaceutical Use in Food Producing Pets

      Jim Lowe & Ben Blair

      The Gift of Euthanasia: Techniques for a Beautiful Ending for our Dogs and Cats

      Heidi Pulito

      Friday (Rooms Continued:)

      ChancellorQuadInnovation
      8:00-8:50 a.m.Sleep-Inducing: General Anesthesia in Patients with Cardiac Disease

      Jordan Vitt & Stephanie Keating

      Climate Change

      Don Wuebbles

      What’s Gender got to do with it? How Understanding the Role Played by Gender can Increase your Effectivity as a Medical Practitioner and as a Leader in the Field

      Micro lectures include:

      Thinking like a (social) Scientist: How Gender Impacts Veterinary Medicine and why it Matters

      Jane Desmond

      Tips from the Trenches: Leadership Advice

      Sarah Allison

      Embracing the Paradigm: Fatal Flaw or Superpower?

      Julia Whittington

      Mom and Mommy: Nurturing Roles at Work and Home

      Devon Hague

      When it is more than “just” Gender: My Perspective as a Woman of Color in Academic Veterinary Medicine

      Yvette Johnson-Walker

      Organizational Leadership: Fact or Fiction-Is it Lonely at the Top?

      Heather Case

      Succeeding as a Practice Owner Despite Gender Inequalities

      Sandra Faeh

      It Starts in the Classroom: A Student Perspective on Gender in Veterinary Medicine

      Shira Parks   

       

      9:00-9:50 a.m.Diagnosis and Management of Endocarditis

      Saki Kadotani

      Biodiversity and One Health

      Dominic Travis

      9:50-10:10 a.m.Break
      10:10-11:00 a.m.Cardio Myth Busters and an Update on Grain-Free Diet Associated Heart Disease

      Jonathan Stack

      Update from the Illinois Department of Public Health

      Connie Austin

      What’s Your Next Move? A Review of Cases from the ASPCA Animal Control Center

      Michael Biehl & Tina Wismer

      11:10-NoonEquine Cardiology

      Ryan Fries

      Infectious Diseases

      Yvette Johnson-Walker

      Noon-12:45Lunch
      12:45-1:35 p.m.Inherited Heart Disease: Putting Genetics into Veterinary Practice

      Josh Stern

      Eco Toxicology

      Bob Poppenga

      1:45-2:35 p.m.Grays Anatomy: Approach to Thoracic Radiography with a Cardiologist 

      Jordan Vitt

      One Health Policy and “Wicked Problems”

      Jack Herrmann

      2:45- 3:35 p.m. Clinical Use of Cardiac Biomarkers

      Ryan Fries

      One Health Panel Discussion

      Jack Herrmann, Bob Poppenga, Don Wuebbles, Dominic Travis, Yvette Johnson-Walker

      • 2018 Schedule Wednesday

        WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018

        Bandaging

        Fee: $100 for lab and lecture; $40 for lectures only
        CE: 1.5 for lab session; 3 for lecture session
        Limit: 10 per lab session; 100 for lecture session

        Lectures:

        9:00-9:50am

        Bandaging
        Tisha Harper 
        Technology Room| 1 CE

        Bandaging, particularly coaptation bandages, are commonly used in small animal patients. The goal of this session is for veterinary practitioners to further develop and refine their knowledge and skills in the use of bandages, splints, casts and slings for the orthopedic patient. The laboratory sessions will allow the opportunity to not only apply these bandages, but also address any questions, challenges or concerns practitioners may have when bandaging in their practices.

        10:00-10:50am

        Bandaging
        Tisha Harper 
        Technology Room| 1 CE

        Bandaging, particularly coaptation bandages, are commonly used in small animal patients. The goal of this session is for veterinary practitioners to further develop and refine their knowledge and skills in the use of bandages, splints, casts and slings for the orthopedic patient. The laboratory sessions will allow the opportunity to not only apply these bandages, but also address any questions, challenges or concerns practitioners may have when bandaging in their practices.

        11:00-11:50am

        Bandaging
        Tisha Harper 
        Technology Room| 1 CE

        Bandaging, particularly coaptation bandages, are commonly used in small animal patients. The goal of this session is for veterinary practitioners to further develop and refine their knowledge and skills in the use of bandages, splints, casts and slings for the orthopedic patient. The laboratory sessions will allow the opportunity to not only apply these bandages, but also address any questions, challenges or concerns practitioners may have when bandaging in their practices.

        Hands-on Workshops:

        Session A: 1:00-2:30pm, Session B: 3:00-4:30pm

        Bandaging
        Tisha Harper and Kellie Lecher
        Vet Med Clinical Skills Learning Center| 1.5 CE

        USDA Accreditation

        Fee: $50 for lectures
        CE:  4 for lectures
        Limit: 50 for lectures

        Lectures:

        1:15-2:05pm

        Module 1: Introduction to NVAP
        Suzett Hexum
        Loyalty Room| 1 CE

        2:15-3:05pm

        Module 3: Overview of Foreign Animal, USDA Program, and Reportable Diseases
        Suzett Hexum
        Loyalty Room| 1 CE

        3:25-4:15pm

        Module 10: Personal Protective Equipment for Veterinarians
        Suzett Hexum
        Loyalty Room| 1 CE

        2:25-5:15pm

        Module 11: Sheep and Goats: Disease Awareness and Health Certificates
        Suzett Hexum
        Loyalty Room| 1 CE

        Shelter Medicine

        Fee: $100 for lectures
        CE: 6 for lectures
        Limit: 115 for lectures

        Lectures:

        10:00-10:50am

        Overview of the ASV Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters
        Bob Weedon
        Alma Mater Room| 1 CE

        11:00-11:50am

        Sanitation
        Dikaia-Loukia Agapis
        Alma Mater Room| 1 CE

        1:15-2:05pm

        Pediatric Sterilization
        Phillip Bushby
        Alma Mater Room| 1 CE

        2:15-3:05pm

        High Quality/High Volume Spay and Neuter
        Phillip Bushby
        Alma Mater Room| 1 CE

        3:25-4:15pm

        Feline Friendly Handling in a Clinic Setting
        Heather Soder, CVT
        Alma Mater Room| 1 CE

        4:25-5:15pm

        Preventative Care in Shelters
        Louika Agapis
        Alma Mater Room| 1 CE

        Ultrasound

        Fee: $115 for lab and lecture; $40 for lectures only
        CE: 4 for lab and lecture session combo; 2 for lectures only
        Limit: 20 for lab session; 100 for lecture session

        Lectures:

        1:15-2:05pm

        Ultrasound Anatomy: Normal & Abnormal Findings
        Sharon Wagner
        Technology Room| 1 CE
        Sponsored by The Sidney Krock Radiology Lectureship Fund

        2:15-3:05pm

        Physics, Transducers, and Knobology: Understanding Ultrasound
        Sharon Wagner
        Technology Room| 1 CE
        Sponsored by The Sidney Krock Radiology Lectureship Fund

        Hands-on Workshop:

        3:30-5:30pm

        Ultrasound
        Sharon Wagner
        Vet Med Clinical Skills Learning Center| 2 CE
        Sponsored by Universal Imaging

        Becoming an Employer of Choice

        Fee: $100 for lectures
        CE: 6 for lectures
        Limit: 115 for lectures

        Lectures:

        10:00-10:50am

        We’re all on the Same Team: Overcoming Generational Differences
        Lawrence Firkins
        Lincoln Room| 1 CE

        11:00-11:50am

        You Get One Shot at Effective Onboarding
        Lawrence Firkins
        Lincoln Room| 1 CE

        1:15-2:05pm

        Finding the Right New Vet: It’s Not What it Used to Be
        Jim Lowe
        Lincoln Room| 1 CE

        2:05-3:15pm

        Finding the Right New Vet: It’s Not What it Used to Be
        Jim Lowe
        Lincoln Room| 1 CE

        3:25-4:15pm

        Employing a New Graduate from the Eyes of a Practitioner
        Jennifer Ostrom
        Lincoln Room| 1 CE

         4:25-5:15pm

        Employment Through the Eyes of a Graduating Senior
        Abbie Janish, Annie Ryan, Brandi Burton, Jacob Maag, Morgan Temple
        Lincoln Room| 1 CE

        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

          Internal Parasite Control
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Dennis French

          Neurological Exam
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Kari Foss

          The Future of Work
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Robert Trimble                                                                                                                                                       

          This session will review how management, leadership, and role definitions change with the acceleration of technologies like A.I. and automation.

          USDA – Module 15: Disease Prevention and Biosecurity in Aquaculture
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Suzett Hexum                                                                                                                                                           

          This module reviews general biosecurity topics (prevention, control and eradication) for aquatic animal production systems, including biosecurity practices and proper handling of animals and equipment during site visits, and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment for various situations. The proper use and dosages of different disinfectants in aquaculture and designing an appropriate cleaning and disinfection plan are reviewed.

          A Review and What’s New in Canine Mast Cell Tumors
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Laura Garrett                                                                                                                                                           

          Mast cell tumors are one of the most common canine tumors yet are also one of the most confusing due to their variable biologic behavior. Controversies surrounding prognostic factors, staging tests, grading systems, and therapeutic options will be highlighted, and recent studies regarding these topics will be discussed.

          Spotlight on Anemia in Dogs and Cats
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Amy Schnelle                                                                                                                                                                 

          This presentation will focus on clinical approaches to anemia in dogs and cats. The subject matter will include review of causes of anemia and getting the most from automated erythrocyte data and manual blood film examination.

          10:00-10:50am

          External Parasite Control
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Dennis French

          Movement Disorders: Who is this Basal Gang?
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Dennis O’Brien                                                                                                                                                       

          Seems like every day a client brings in their smart phone with a video of their animal doing something strange and they ask you what it means. Participants will understand the role of the basal ganglia in movement as well as diagnose and treat movement disorders.

          Organizational Design for the 21st Century Veterinary Practice
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Robert Trimble                                                                                                                                                             

          This session will discuss three approaches to managing well-being and a future of rapid change.

          USDA – Module 28: Significant and Emerging Viral Diseases of Carp, Koi, and Goldfish
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Suzett Hexum                                                                                                                                                     

          Cyprinids are an important aquaculture species within the United States but they are susceptible to a variety of reportable, monitored, and emerging diseases. This module describes and differentiates the OIE-listed diseases of susceptible cyprinid (koi herpesvirus disease, spring viremia of carp) as well as other monitored and emerging diseases of concern.

          Staying Sane in a Busy Veterinary Practice – Recognizing and Fighting Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Laura Garrett                                                                                                                                                               

          The stresses of the veterinary profession are now widely recognized, and work is ongoing to find specific aspects of the field that can be improved upon. Burnout and compassion fatigue are two separate syndromes, often confused and overlapping, that play into unhappiness in the profession. This talk will describe the two syndromes, highlighting the differences, and will
          provide practical means by which to assess and address them in yourself and your veterinary care team.

          A Practical Approach to Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Jennifer Reinhart                                                                                                                                                       

          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.

          11:00-11:50am

          Keynote: Dean Stetter                                                                                                                                         

          This lecture will bring together learnings from Disney and Colorado State University to illustrate improved ways we can support our workplace and ourselves. It will investigate the similarities between how we use positive reinforcement in animal training and how this relates to employee recognition programs. We will also explore the new area of science called positive psychology and how this can be utilized to improve work dynamics and our personal health and well-being.

          11:50-1:15pm

          Lunch & Awards

          1:15-2:05pm

          Indications for Equine Standing MRI
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Angie Yates

          All Weak and Tingly: Neuromuscular Disease
          Lincoln Room| 2 CE
          Dennis O’Brien                                                                                                                                                       

          Weakness is a common presenting complaint that can be due to diseases affecting either the UMN or LMN portion of the system. Participants will recognize the signs of neuromuscular disease and utilize appropriate diagnostic tests and therapies.

          Onboarding through the Eyes of a Practitioner
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Aaron Smiley                                                                                                                                                                   

          Tips for transitioning your new associate into your clinic before her first day of work.

          The Prescription Monitoring Program
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Maureen Mulhall                                              

          The recently mandated PMP for veterinarians in Illinois was a surprise to many. Current legislation, the practical implications, and how your practice can stay in compliance with the law will be discussed.

          Use of Cytology and Biochemistry in the Diagnosis of Liver Disease
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Anne Barger

          This lecture will review a combination of diagnostic tests utilized in the diagnosis of liver disease. The session is clinically oriented and actual clinical cases will be discussed to show the utility of the many diagnostic tests used to evaluate the liver.

          Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Jason Pieper
          Sponsored by Zoetis

          Some tips and clues on when to look deeper than the skin for the underlying cause.

          The Nose Knows I: The Biology of Canine Scent
          Innovation Room| 1 CE
          Marcella Ridgway                                                                                                                                                     

          The extraordinary olfactory capacity of dogs is being used in ever-expanding applications in law enforcement and corrections, customs, public safety, search-and-rescue, human medicine and conservation. A basic understanding of the physiology of olfaction and factors affecting odor detection supports improved veterinary care for dogs employed in these important roles. This presentation addresses general concepts in olfaction and scent.

          2:15-3:05pm

          Diagnostic Differences Between Standing and Recumbent MRI
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro

          All Weak and Tingly: Neuromuscular Disease
          Lincoln Room| 2 CE
          Dennis O’Brien                                                                                                                                                     

          Weakness is a common presenting complaint that can be due to diseases affecting either the UMN or LMN portion of thesystem. Participants will recognize the signs of neuromuscular disease and utilize appropriate diagnostic tests and therapies

          Meeting the Needs of New Graduates through Technology
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Aaron Smiley                                                                                                                                                                     

          A review of easy to use technologies that foster job satisfaction for your new grad.

          Opioid Shortage
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Ashley Mitek                                                                                                                                                                 

          What can you do when your go-to analgesics are on back order? Alternative pain-management protocols will be discussed in light of the growing opioid shortage.

          Urine-Nation: Laboratory Abnormalities in the Diagnosis of Renal Disease
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Anne Barger                                                                                                                                                   

          Chemistry, hematologic and urinalysis abnormalities, beyond just creatinine and urea, will be reviewed to help assess patients with renal disease.

          Where Has All the Hair Gone?!?!?!
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Jason Pieper
          Sponsored by Zoetis

          We will cover some of the more common causes for alopecia.

          The Nose Knows II: Canine Olfaction – Applications and Afflictions
          Innovation Room| 1 CE
          Marcella Ridgway

          Detection dogs work to find and/or follow specific types of odor to which they have been trained to respond. The cooperative nature of domestic dogs allows us to “harness” their outstanding olfactory skills in diverse applications benefiting mankind. The types of roles these dogs serve and the diseases, medications and other factors that can interfere with their ability to
          detect, localize and indicate odor will be covered in this hour.

          3:05-3:25pm

          Break
          Sponsored by Elanco

          3:25-4:15pm

          Basics of Hoof Care
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Diego Almeida

          Genomics for Clinicians: Staying Ahead of the Breeders
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Dennis O’Brien                                                                                                                                                                   

          The advent of modern genomics is changing the way medicine will be practiced in the future. Participants will be able to apply a basic knowledge of genomics to recognize hereditary disease and utilize DNA as a diagnostic tool.

          Employment through the Eyes of a Graduating Senior
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Abbie Janish, Aislinn Klein, Amy Narotsky, Brandi Burton, Caroline Kalebich, Debbie Stratton, Jennise Fermoso, Shiloh Landskov

          My Approach to Trauma
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Caroline Tonozzi

          Reviewing a criticalist’s approach to the trauma patient, including fluid therapy, diagnostics, analgesic plan, and more.

          Gland Canyon: Laboratory Abnormalities Associated with Endocrine Disease
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Anne Barger                                                                                                                                                       

          Endocrine diseases can cause a range of abnormalities in the minimum database. These will be reviewed for the common endocrine diseases including diabetes mellitus, adrenocortical disease and thyroid disease.

          This or That: Dissecting your Dermatology Differential List!
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Jason Pieper
          Sponsored by Zoetis

          This is a highly interactive session working through cases to determine what is affecting the animal and what is the best treatment option.

          Gut Feeling: Non-GI Manifestations of GI Disease
          Innovation Room| 1 CE
          Marcella Ridgway                                                                                                                                                           

          Dogs and cats with gastrointestinal disease may have clinical signs or findings which seem more consistent with non-GI disease. Sometimes these extra-GI signs are the only clinical manifestation at the time the animal presents, potentially misleading and distracting the veterinarian from the true cause. Learn how to recognize these seemingly unrelated signs.

          4:25-5:15pm

          Managing Traumatic Brain Injury: What to Do and Why
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Erin Long Mays                                                                                                                                                           

          This session goes “beyond the headbang” and explores what happens to the brain following traumatic injury. We discuss how to categorize these cases and how to provide the best care in order to optimize functional outcomes, focusing both on the “how” and the “why.”

          Becoming an Employer of Choice: Round-table Discussion
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Brandi Burton

          Rabies Updates
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Robert Weedon

          Cytology of Lumps and Bumps
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Anne Barger                                                                                                                                                                       

          In this session we will review cytologic evaluation of common masses associated with the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

           Dermatology Database
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Lara Tomich
          Sponsored by Zoetis

          This lecture will go over the common dermatology diagnostics we use in day to day practice. It will be a useful review for clinicians looking to improve their dermatologic work up and may touch on techniques they are not currently employing in practice.

          Immunosuppressive Therapy in Small Animals: Vitamin P (Pred) and Beyond
          Innovation Room| 1 CE
          Marcella Ridgway                                                                                                                                 

          Immunosuppressive drugs are frequently used in dogs and cats in managing relatively common disorders with an immunemediated inflammatory component. This presentation will cover immunosuppressive drug use in small animals including individual agents, combination therapy and practical pointers in immunosuppressive therapy showcasing treatment of IMHA.

          5:15-6:15pm

          An Evening With…
          Technology Room| 0 CE

        • 2018 Schedule Friday

          FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018

          8:00-8:50am

          An Update from the State Vet
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Staci Slager
          Sponsored by The Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund

          Difficult Extractions and Managing Extraction Complications
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Amy Somrak

          This lecture will provide practical tips for making difficult extractions easier, and for managing extraction complications. Extraction of selected teeth, including maxillary and mandibular canines and carnassial teeth, will be described using a pictorial guide. Strategies will be provided for retrieving fractured or intrusively luxated root tips, repairing oronasal fistulas, and symphyseal separation/fracture repair.

          Feline Ophthalmology
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Robert Swinger

          Genetic Testing in Horses – Who, What, How, Why?
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Annette McCoy                                                                                                                                                                   

          An increasing number of genetic tests for horses are available on the market. This session will review the available tests and how to interpret findings, and will provide guidance on when genetic testing is an appropriate option.

          Sleep-Inducing: General Anesthesia in Patients with Cardiac Disease
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Jordan Vitt & Stephanie Keating                                                                                                                             

          This joint lecture will given by a boarded cardiologist and anesthesiologist. A brief overview of common cardiac diseases will be reviewed; followed by anesthetic considerations for these patients. Cardiac diseases included in this topic are chronic degenerative valve disease (CVD), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

          Climate Change
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Don Wuebbles 

          In the 4th National Climate Assessment, our findings confirm that the climate on our planet, including the United States, is changing, and changing rapidly. Changes in the characteristics of extreme events are particularly important for human safety, infrastructure, agriculture, water quality and quantity, and natural ecosystems. Climate change threatens human health and well-being in many ways, including impacts from increased extreme weather events, wildfire, decreased air quality, threats to mental health, and diseases transmitted by food, water, and vectors such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

          What’s Gender got to do with it? How Understanding the Role Played by Gender can Increase your Effectivity as a Medical Practitioner and as a Leader in the Field

          Micro lectures include:
          “Thinking like a (social) Scientist:  How gender impacts Veterinary Medicine and why it Matters” Jane Desmond
          “Tips from the Trenches: Leadership Advice” Sarah Allison
          “Embracing the paradigm; fatal flaw or superpower” Julia Whittington
          “Mom and Mommy: nurturing roles at work and home” Devon Hague
          “When it is more than “just” gender: My perspective as a woman of color in academic veterinary medicine” Yvette Johnson-Walker
          “Organizational Leadership:  Fact or Fiction- is it lonely at the top?” Heather Case
          “Succeeding as a‎ Practice Owner Despite Gender Inequalities” Sandra Faeh
          “It starts I’m the classroom: A student perspective on gender in Veterinary Medicine” Shira Parks
          Innovation Room| 2 CE 

          In a profession that is now largely female, how might gender impact your ability to practice medicine and grow your career, communicate with clients, make a living, and become a leader in your profession? Drawing on veterinarians’ clinical experience, administrative expertise, and the latest scholarship in gender studies this panel will discuss how gender is shaping today’s veterinarian’s lives, and how understanding those dimensions can empower you to proactively shape your career.

          9:00-9:50am

          Management of the 4H Animal: An Update on Regulatory and Show Issues
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Staci Slager & Jim Lowe
          Sponsored by The Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund

          A Focus on Feline Dentistry 
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Katherine Kling                                                                                                                                                           

          This session will provide an overview of common feline dentistry-related pathology and treatment options. A case based portion will be included.

          What’s New in Veterinary Ophthalmology
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Robert Swinger

          Treatment Options for Sarcoids
          Humanities Room| 1 CE
          Matt Stewart

          Diagnosis and Management of Endocarditis
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Saki Kadotani

          Biodiversity and One Health
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Dominic Travis

          What’s Gender got to do with it? How Understanding the Role Played by Gender can Increase your Effectivity as a Medical Practitioner and as a Leader in the Field
          Innovation Room| 2 CE
          Jane Desmond                                                                                                                                                                   

          In a profession that is now largely female, how might gender impact your ability to practice medicine and grow your career, communicate with clients, make a living, and become a leader in your profession? Drawing on veterinarians’ clinical experience, administrative expertise, and the latest scholarship in gender studies this panel will discuss how gender is shaping today’s veterinarian’s lives, and how understanding those dimensions can empower you to proactively shape your career.

          9:50-10:10am

          Break

          10:10-11:00am

          Keeping Sheep Flocks and Goat Herds Healthy
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Cliff Shipley
          Sponsored by The Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund

          Pediatric Dentistry
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Stephen Juriga                                                                                                                                                     

          Deciduous tooth eruption, jaw growth and permanent tooth eruption occur in a pet’s first year. Early diagnosis of cleft palate, missing teeth, malocclusions, enamel defects and other conditions will allow appropriate care that improves a pet’s comfort, quality of life and prevents serious problems later in life. The discussion will illustrate diseases between birth-6 months as
          well as conditions 6 months-1 year of age.

          Eye Challenge You! Clinical Cases in Small Animal Ophthalmology
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Kathryn Fleming & Bianca Martins

          Cardio Myth Busters and an Update on Grain-Free Diet Associated Heart Disease
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Jonathan Stack

          Update from the Illinois Department of Public Health
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Connie Austin

          What’s Your Next Move? A Review of Cases from the ASPCA Animal Control Center
          Innovation Room| 2 CE
          Michael Biehl & Tina Wismer                                                                                                                                         

          Interesting and informative cases from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center will be presented and discussed in an interactive format. Participants will self-select diagnostic and treatment options in a group manner followed by a discussion regarding those choices.

          11:10-Noon 

          Optimizing Reproduction in Small Ruminants
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Cliff Shipley
          Sponsored by The Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund

          Setting Dental Standards for your Practice 
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Stephen Juriga                                                                                                                                                   

          Veterinary practices, especially multi-doctor practices, would benefit from setting Standards of Care for the common oral diseases affecting their patients. Standardization of the diagnosis, medical records and treatment strategies allow for the entire hospital staff to offer a common message of oral health. The presentation will illustrate common oral pathology affecting adult dogs and cats, fractured teeth, discolored teeth, tooth resorptive lesions, missing teeth, oral masses and more. These standards are based on the hospital’s equipment, support staff training and veterinarian’s “dental/oral surgical skills.”

          Ophthalmology in Exotic Pets: What is Different?
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Kathryn Fleming & Bianca Martins

          Equine Cardiology
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Ryan Fries

          Infectious Diseases
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Yvette Johnson-Walker

          What’s Your Next Move? A Review of Cases from the ASPCA Animal Control Center
          Innovation Room| 2 CE
          Michael Biehl & Tina Wismer                                                                                                                                         

          Interesting and informative cases from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center will be presented and discussed in an interactive format. Participants will self-select diagnostic and treatment options in a group manner followed by a discussion regarding those choices.

          Noon-12:45pm

          Lunch

          12:45-1:35pm

          Tips From the Trenches: My Transition Back into Private Practice
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Chelsey Ramirez
          Sponsored by The Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund

          The Science of Aging: A Body System Approach to Small Animal Geriatric Care
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Heidi Pulito                                                                                                                                                                     

          An understanding of how a pet’s body ages and how knowing what is normal and what is not can help us better serve our clients and their senior pets. This session will go through the aging process in each major body system and provide tips on how we can help pets age gracefully and provide our clients with tools to increase quality of life for their beloved seniors.

          Ferret Wellness: Incorporating the Stinky Weasel into your Small Animal Practice
          Alma Mater Room| 1CE
          Krista Keller                                                                                                                                                                       

          Full discussion on the husbandry (diet, ferret proofing) and wellness (vaccines, annuals exams) recommendations for ferrets. Targeted to the small animal or mixed animal practitioner that wants to incorporate the ferret into their practice or wants to ensure that their practices are current.

          Case Studies in Equine Medicine
          Humanities Room| 3 CE
          Scott Austin, Pamela Wilkins, Ilana Glasberg                                                                                                     

          Clinical cases will be used to provide a frame-work for discussion of challenging diagnoses, advances in diagnostic testing and therapy, and updates on prevention of medical problems of the horse.

          Inherited Heart Disease: Putting Genetics into Veterinary Practice 
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Josh Stern
          Sponsored by The Class of 1962 Endowment Fund

          Eco Toxicology
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          Bob Poppenga

          1:45-2:35pm

          An Update on Bovine Theriogenology
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Fabio Lima
          Sponsored by The Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund

          The Quality of Life Conversation and Scales
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Heidi Pulito                                                                                                                                                                         

          The quality of life exam can be quite challenging for us as veterinarians. We can start to feel like the pet’s life is wavering in our hands and in the words that we say. This session will take an in depth look at variables that must be considered in assessing quality of life and provide communication tips and tools to help you navigate these emotional encounters and exams. We will also look at some quality of life scales and see how you can start using these for your clients in your practice.

          Evaluating the Zoo Companion Mammal for Pain and Providing Effective Analgesia
          Alma Mater Room| 1 CE
          Krista Keller                                                                                                                                                                       

          This lecture will focus on how to determine that the pet rabbit, guinea pig and rat are experiencing pain, including videos and images. A focused discussion on the most up to date recommendations for analgesia will be included. This lecture would benefit both those that have been practicing with these species long term and those new to the field.

          Case Studies in Equine Medicine
          Humanities Room| 3 CE
          Scott Austin, Pamela Wilkins, Ilana Glasberg                                                                                                         

          Clinical cases will be used to provide a frame-work for discussion of challenging diagnoses, advances in diagnostic testing and therapy, and updates on prevention of medical problems of the horse.

          Gray’s Anatomy: Approach to Thoracic Radiography with a Cardiologist 
          Chancellor Room| 1 C
          Jordan Vitt                                                                                                                                                             

          Evaluation of thoracic radiographs in patients presenting for a variety of cardiac and non-cardiac diseases. This lecture will focus on evaluation of thoracic radiographs from a cardiologist’s perspective and will be an interactive session.

          One Health Policy and “Wicked Problems”
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          John Herrmann

          2:45-3:35pm

          Pharmaceutical Use in Food Producing Pets
          Technology Room| 1 CE
          Jim Lowe & Ben Blair
          Sponsored by The Dr. LeRoy G. Biehl Endowment Fund

          The Gift of Euthanasia: Techniques for a Beautiful Ending for our Dogs and Cats
          Lincoln Room| 1 CE
          Heidi Pulito                                                                                                                                                             

          Euthanasia literally means “good death”, yet we have all had euthanasias that were not as good as we wish they would have been. This session will go through the step by step process of a peaceful euthanasia based on my personal expertise combined with tips I learned from the leading veterinarians in the field of home based euthanasia and animal hospice. Included will be sedation protocols and means of administration of our euthanasia drugs. We will also discuss how our view of euthanasia impacts us as veterinarians.

          Case Studies in Equine Medicine
          Humanities Room| 3 CE
          Scott Austin, Pamela Wilkins, Ilana Glasberg                                                                                                     

          Clinical cases will be used to provide a frame-work for discussion of challenging diagnoses, advances in diagnostic testing and therapy, and updates on prevention of medical problems of the horse.

          Clinical Use of Cardiac Biomarkers 
          Chancellor Room| 1 CE
          Ryan Fries

          One Health Panel Discussion
          Quad Room| 1 CE
          John Herrmann, Bob Poppenga, Don Wuebbles, Dominic Travis,  Yvette Johnson-Walker

         

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        • 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.

          Bandaging Lab

          Date:                        Wednesday, October 10
          Lecture Time:         9:00-11:50 a.m.
          Lab Time:                Session A: 1:00-2:30 p.m., Session B: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
          Lecture Location:   Technology Room, iHotel and Conference Center
          Lab Location:          Vet Med Clinical Skills Learning Center
          Instructors:               Tisha Harper and Kellie Lecher, CVT
          Fee:                           $100 for lab and lecture; $40 for lectures only
          CE:                             1.5 for lab session; 3 for lecture session
          Limit:                        10 per lab session; 100 for lecture session

          Ultrasound Lab

          Date:                        Wednesday, October 10
          Lecture Time:         1:15-3:05 p.m.
          Lab Time:                3:30-5:30 p.m.
          Lecture Location:   Technology Room, iHotel and Conference Center
          Lab Location:          Vet Med Clinical Skills Learning Center
          Instructor:               Sharon Wagner
          Fee:                           $115 for lab and lecture; $40 for lectures only
          CE:                             4 for lab and lecture session combo; 2 for lectures only
          Limit:                        20 for lab session; 100 for lecture session

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        • CONFERENCE SOCIAL EVENTS

          An Evening With…
          Thursday, October 11, 5:15 p.m.
          iHotel and Conference Center, Technology Room | 0 CE

          University of Illinois CVM Alumni and Fall Conference attendees are invited to join us for an evening of reunion with some of your favorite professors. At this event, you can enjoy reconnecting with your classmates, colleagues and some of the exceptional professors who defined your career as a veterinary student, including Anne Barger, Brian Aldridge and many others!

          Dinner and Networking
          Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.
          iHotel and Conference Center, Illinois Ballroom | 0 CE

          Join your colleagues and classmates for dinner following the conference sessions. You will have an opportunity to reconnect and meet new people with plenty of time to socialize with your colleagues and classmates!

          Tickets to the dinner are included with full conference and Thursday-only registrations. Additional registration is not necessary for conference registrants, but an RSVP is required by Monday, August 20, 2018. Individual tickets may also be purchased for spouses and guests not taking advantage of the registration option. Individual tickets are $40 each.

          Alumni Awards Reception
          Thursday Evening
          Private reception by invitation only.

          Alumni Celebration
          Friday, October 12, 4:00 p.m.
          Papa Del’s Pizza
          1201 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL

          Join us at Papa Del’s Pizza for our Alumni Celebration! One ticket to the kick-off is included with full conference and Friday-only registrations. Additional registration is not necessary for conference registrants, but an RSVP is required by Monday, September 17, 2018. Individual tickets may also be purchased for spouses or guests not taking advantage of the registration option. Individual tickets are $10 each.

          If you graduated in a year ending in a 3 or an 8, you will be contacted by a representative in your class regarding specific plans. Contact the Office of Public Engagement (ope@vetmed.illinois.edu or 217-333-2907) to learn more about your specific reunion plans.

        • Keynote Speakers

          Thursday, October 11
          11:00 a.m.
          Illinois Ballroom

          Mark Stetter, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, October 26, 2016

          Dean Mark Stetter

          Dr. Mark Stetter serves as the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.  The college is recognized as one of the premier veterinary programs in the world. The college works to improve the health of animals, people, and the planet through innovative and dedicated teaching, research, outreach and clinical service.  We empower the next generation of leaders to change the world.  The college provides undergraduate, masters, Ph.D. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees in a broad array of topics. Some of the areas of excellence include: infectious disease, biomedical engineering, cancer, advanced reproduction techniques, neuroscience, orthopaedics, regenerative medicine, public health, environmental toxicology, and equine health.

          Dr. Stetter is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian by training and completed a residency program and board certification while at the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York.  Prior to joining CSU, he spent 15 years with the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Fl.  As the Director of Animal Operations, Dr. Stetter was responsible for the healthcare of Disney’s animal collections around the world.  Dr. Stetter has been very active in a variety of professional organizations including president of the American College of Zoological Medicine, Founder and President of the Elephant Population Management Program, Chair for the Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board with Morris Animal Foundation and Chair for the research committee with the Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians.

        • Speakers

          2018 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

          Register Now

          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 Sunday, September 23, 2018. 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 September 23, 2018.

          Online registration is now open.

          Register Now

          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$360$410
          Thursday Only$295$345
          Friday Only$235$285
          Spouse & Guest Full Conference$125$145
          Spouse & Guest Thursday Only$95$115
          Spouse & Guest Friday Only$80$100
          Practice Pass$360$410
          Pre-Conference Session: Ultrasound Lecture$40N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Bandaging Lecture$40N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Bandaging Lecture and Lab$100N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Becoming the Employer of Choice$100N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: Shelter Medicine$100N/A
          Pre-Conference Session: USDA Accreditation$50N/A

          Refund and Cancellation Policy

          Full refunds, less a $50 cancellation fee will be given if written notification is received by Sunday, September 23, 2018. Registrations are transferable. After Sunday, September 23, 2018, 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 Sunday, September 23, 2018 ($100). 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 2018 Fall Conference dates are September 19-20, 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. Because homecoming weekend is directly after the Fall Conference, some hotels are requiring a minimum two night booking.

          Room blocks are also available for Friday and Saturday night (Homecoming) but at higher rates than the conference rates below. Please let the hotel know if you need Friday and Saturday reservations as well.

          Comfort Suites (book by 9/9/18)
          Contact number: 217-328-3500

          $99 King or Queen Suites (10/9-10/11)
          $169 King or Queen Suites (10/12)
          $209 King or Queen Suites (10/13)
          Two night minimum (10/13-10/14)

          iHotel and Conference Center (book by 9/18/18)
          Contact number: 217-819-5000

          $149 King or Queen Suites (10/9- 10/11)
          $299 King Suite (10/12- 10/13)

          Country Inn & Suites
          Contact number: 217-355-6666

          $94 King or Double Suite (10/9- 10/11)
          $270 King or Double Suite (10/12- 10/13)

          Holiday Inn Express
          Contact number: 217-328-0328

          $135 Suites (10/9 – 10/11)
          $175 Suites (10/12- 10/13)

          Candlewood Suites
          Contact number: 217-398-1000

          $105 Suites (10/9- 10/11)
          $189 Suites (10/12- 10/13)

          Hyatt Place
          Contact number: 217- 531-2800

          $119 Suites (10/9- 10/11)
          There is no block reserved for 10/12- 10/13 at the Hyatt Place. Rooms are $399 per night on these dates.

           

        QUESTIONS?

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