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University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital       December 2017/January 2018


 Dr. Whittington


Dr. Julia Whittington Named Hospital Chief of Staff

In November the role of chief of staff at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital transitioned from veterinary oncologist Dr. Laura Garrett to Dr. Julia Whittington, of the zoological medicine service. Dr. Garrett had held the chief of staff position, which is a half-time appointment carried out while continuing clinical service and teaching commitments, since the role was established in 2015. Read a synopsis of the white paper presented by Dr. Whittington on her “vision and road map” for the hospital.

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With Your Help, We're Growing

Thanks in large part to strong partnerships with you, our referrers, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital has seen more than a 30 percent increase in small animal caseload over the past five years. (In fact, Illinois has the seventh largest small animal caseload at a U.S. veterinary college, when patients seen in Urbana and Chicago are included.) 

Recently, the university’s Board of Trustees authorized the college to pursue an $8 million hospital expansion to address facilities needs for small animal surgery and emergency services.

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Important Opioid Updates 

By Dr. Ashley Mitek

Illinois Law Requires Veterinarians to Register as Prescribers by January 1, 2018 

Any veterinarian who writes prescriptions for controlled substances must enroll in the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, according to Illinois Senate Bill 772, signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on December 13. 

The registry will require veterinarians to document in the medical record their attempt to access client prescription history in the state’s PMP database to identify owners who may be trying to obtain opioids to use or sell illegally. 

For more information, and to register, visit:

National Opioid Drug Shortage Will Pose Challenge to Patient Pain Management

The next time you reach for opioid pain medications for a patient, don’t take them for granted. In the coming months, the veterinary profession may face extreme shortages of opioids, including fentanyl, hydromorphone, morphine, and methadone, after the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 25-percent decrease in the production of Schedule II opioid medications in 2017. The DEA is currently proposing a 20-percent reduction for 2018. The quota reduction is an effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic. 

The remaining available supply of opioid medications is being preferentially distributed to human hospitals, which are already facing serious drug shortages. Many human hospitals can no longer acquire morphine, for example. 

Veterinarians may need to alter their typical pain management protocols in light of these drug shortages.

We will continue to provide updates on this topic, as well as information on pain management therapies that will not be affected by the national drug shortage.

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Take Advantage of Our Job Board

The College of Veterinary Medicine displays career opportunities relevant for alumni. Have an open position that you want to fill? Submit your information to us. Go to the job board at Then click on “Submit a Story” to share the details of your position.


Faculty Spotlight


Dr. Stern

Dr. Stern is a clinical associate professor and assistant director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL), specializing in veterinary forensic pathology.

"It was during my residency training that I decided that the best way to combine my work as a veterinary pathologist with the criminal justice system was to become involved in veterinary forensics. ...

"At the VDL, we strive to be available for consultation about your medical cases, whether it is to discuss sample collection/submission, test results, or additional tests to perform."

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Alumni Events 

VMX (formerly NAVC) Alumni Reception
February 6, 2018, 7-9 p.m.

The Pub, Orlando, FL

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