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August 6 , 2008


Volume VI, No. 4



An electronic newsletter highlighting veterinary issues for Illinois veterinarians

Scott's Oriole
Scott's Oriole

©Peter S. Weber
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In this Issue

ISVMA Practice Survey

NASPHV Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions

2008 Graduates Join Free

Nominate a Colleague for an ISVMA Award

Remote Desktop Connection Problems

About the Photo

Contact Us

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ISVMA Practice Survey - Please Provide ISVMA with Important Updates

The membership renewal period is always very stressful for ISVMA staff. At this time every year, we learn about veterinarians that have changed jobs and/or locations since the last renewal period. If practices do not inform us of their staffing changes, it results in a chase for information that can become never-ending:

Doctor "Smith" decides to leave Practice A to fill a vacant position at Practice B. Practice B has a vacancy because one of their doctors went to work at Practice C. Practice A hires a new doctor from Practice D to fill their vacant position.

This job-change carousel can go on and on and on...

Please help by asking your practice manager to fill out the survey created by ISVMA intended to help us update our database with information on your practice.

Additionally, please remember to contact ISVMA whenever you have a staffing change at your practice that involves a licensed professional (DVM or CVT).

NASPHV Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions

The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians recently developed the 2008 Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions which was published in the August 1, 2008 JAVMA. ISVMA will maintain an electronic copy on its website library for your perusal, review and use.

The 2008 Model Infection Control Plan will be added to the ISVMA website when it is completed (within the next few weeks).

2008 Veterinary School Graduates Join Free!

If you recently graduated from veterinary school or have hired a 2008 graduate you need to remember to sign them up now for their free year of ISVMA membership. Verify that the new veterinarian is a member by searching the ISVMA Member Directory.

If you cannot find their name using the Find A Veterinarian search function, they have not yet joined! Joining is simple if you use the online membership application form. Help us build ISVMA loyalty early in a new veterinarian's career!

Nominate a Colleague for a Prestigious ISVMA Award

The Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association is looking for outstanding veterinarians whose dedication to their field deserves special recognition. We’re looking for individuals whose fervor to care for and attend to their patients’ needs is rivaled only by his or her willingness to serve in organized veterinary medicine.

Let someone know you think they perform an outstanding service for the veterinary profession and honor their contributions in Illinois. The ISVMA Awards Committee is currently taking nominations through August 31, 2008 for the following honors:

The Erwin Small First Decade Award recognizes a graduate of a veterinary college who has been practicing veterinary medicine for less than ten years. Additionally, they must have supported the goals and mission of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association through leadership and/or participation in programs approved by the ISVMA.

The Veterinary Service Award is a meritorious award designed to honor those giving special attention to, or promotion of, the human-animal bond in Illinois as well as demonstrating outstanding work as an Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association member.

Don’t wait for the deadline to nominate a deserving colleague. Download a nomination form by clicking on the linked award name (above). Winners will be notified in October 2008 and will be presented with their award at the ISVMA’s Annual Convention in Lombard on November 7th, 2008.

Are Your Remote Desktop Connections No Longer Working?

If you are tethered to your computer network like a certain state association executive I see in the mirror each morning, you may have recently run into an issue connecting to your remote desktop connection.

If you downloaded the Windows XP Service Pack 3 update, your remote desktop connections have probably been affected. If you utilize Remote Desktop Connections and are now informed that your Security Settings must be adjusted to run ActiveX Controls, there is a relatively *easy fix that should get you back in business:

1. Open Internet Explorer and click Tools: Internet Options: Security: and click on the "Reset All Zones to Default Level" button.

2. Still within Internet Options, click on the Programs tab and then the Manage Add-Ons button.

3. Scroll down until you see, "Microsoft RDP Client Control (redist). Highlight this option and under Settings: choose Enable.

4. Click OK until you are back to Internet Explorer.

5. Close Internet Explorer and reopen it. Your Remote Desktop Connections should be working again.

*The above fix worked for ISVMA Executive Director Peter Weber this morning.

About the Photo

The Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) is a medium-sized icterid (the same family as many blackbirds, meadowlarks, cowbirds, grackles, and others, including the New World orioles).


The male of the species is bright yellow with an extensive black hood extending onto the back and breast. The wings are black with yellow shoulder patches and two white bars. Its tail is yellow with a thick black tip and central line. The female is duller in all colors and does not have the black hood.


The Scott's Oriole breeds in southern California, southern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas. It spends winters mainly south of the U.S. - Mexico border. It is found in desert grassland prairies and mountain canyons, particularly if yucca or palms are present; and nests in pinyon-juniper woodlands, sycamores, and cottonwoods. This species is closely associated with yuccas in much of its range. It forages for insects on the plant, eats nectar from the flowers, weaves its nest from fibers taken from dead leaves, and hangs the nest from live leaves.


This bird was named by Darius N. Couch in honor of General Winfield Scott. It is one of the first birds to start singing each day, starting before sunrise. It can be heard at all times of the day and throughout most of the summer.


I photographed this male Scott's Oriole in Portal, AZ in May 2008.

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