As 2017 comes to a close, I want to thank the entire college community—our faculty and staff, our students and alumni, our referring veterinarians, clients, and friends—for your support. With your help, the college continued to deliver advances in science, transformative education, outstanding clinical care to animals, and responsible stewardship of resources.
Your efforts made many notable achievements possible in 2017:
- We acquired a renowned farrier service and horseshoeing school—Middlefork Forge and Midwest Horseshoeing School—to complement our equine medicine and surgical services.
- In March we dedicated a state-of-the-art 3T MRI to advance clinical care and research.
- We promoted nine faculty members: Sarah Allison, Scott Austin, Jennifer Criley, Timothy Fan, Kara Lascola, Marcella Ridgway, Matthew Stewart, Julia Whittington, and Jing Yang.
- Over the summer our Wildlife Medical Clinic became one of the first college programs to relocate to the newly acquired Veterinary Medicine South Clinic.
- Applicants to U.S. veterinary colleges for fall 2018 recognized our innovative curriculum with a 35% increase in applications; nearly one in six of all applicants applied to Illinois.
- The number of veterinary students worldwide who have benefited from the online dentistry course developed at Illinois by Dr. Sandra Manfra surpassed 10,000. The course was first made available to other schools in 2005; 18 other universities currently purchase it for their students.
- We played a visible role in the campus fundraising campaign kickoff, and set the stage to achieve a $40 million campaign goal for the college.
- The hospital moved forward with plans to install a linear accelerator by the end of 2018 and engaged an architect to finalize plans for an extensive renovation of our small animal surgical and emergency facilities.
- Most recently, we dedicated our new Learning Commons, the college’s first new classroom space in 35 years, which is designed to support student-centered learning.
On behalf of the college, I wish you all a restful holiday break, and look forward to many more exciting initiatives that deliver “science with heart” in the coming year.