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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.