Furnetic, Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine

Small Animal Primary Care.
The purpose of the rotation is to provide small animal primary care training in an urban, non-university teaching hospital setting in which students can learn general medical care of dogs and cats as well as aspects of practice management. Students see cases with the clinic's primary care doctors, and are involved in clinical, dental, and surgical procedures commonly performed in general practice. In addition, there are structured, supervised exercises students perform on client education, in-house laboratory/clinical pathology, pharmacy/clinical pharmacology, wellness programs, animal behavior, client communication, and practice management.
Furnetic is an AAHA-accredited facility with full access to the resources of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The focus of the rotation is on primary care, but students are also exposed to internal medicine and oncology specialty practice on a limited basis. The general practitioners at Furnetic are clinical instructor-rank faculty members of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Faculty members include:

Kelly Ballantyne, DVM (also a resident in animal behavior)
Jason Doukas, DVM (completed a small animal internship at University of Pennsylvania)
Tracey Hlede, DVM (also does community outreach and recruiting work in the Chicago Public Schools
Thomas K. Graves, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Director of CCVM and Assoc. Professor of Medicine at UIUC.

Part-time faculty include:
Tim Fan, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (oncology)
Sandra Manfra, DVM, DACVS, DACVD (dentistry)
Jackie Wypij, DVM, MS, DACVIM (oncology)
All educational resources of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine are available to students in Chicago. The education program includes videoconferenced seminars and rounds between Urbana and Chicago campuses. CE activities occur frequently at the CCVM, and students are invited to attend. A wide range of textbooks and journals are available. Clinical rounds are conducted daily when the clinic schedule permits, but there are ample opportunities for review of cases.
Students are expected to be actively involved in all clinic operations during all hours the primary care practice is open. The clinical is closed Tuesdays and Sundays, and students are expected to participate in Saturday appointments. Students are expected to work with doctors, technicians, client services personnel, and other students. Because the University of Illinois curriculum includes full-time clinic rotations for first- and second-year students, peer teaching is an important component of the clinical education program. Students are expected to participate in all structured clinical and practice management exercises, and to conduct themselves with high standards of professionalism at all times.
Students work directly with doctors and technicians most of the work day. During approximately 2 hours each day, students are given the opportunity to work in groups to accomplish the clinical and practice management exercises mentioned above, but there is flexibility in how students spend their time, and the focus is on clinical practice.
Yes. Dormitory space is available at the nearby UIC campus for a nominal fee.
Furnetic, Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine
2242 West Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 226-2588
(312) 226-2594
tgraves [at] illinois [dot] edu
Thomas K. Graves, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Updated: 04/20/2011