Student Blogs

College of Veterinary Medicine students blog about their experiences in our academic program and related activities.

Surgeries, Beaches, and More in Nicaragua

May 21, 2018 / Student Blogs

From December 27 to January 5, I was on a World Vets International Veterinary Medicine (IVM) trip in Granada, Nicaragua. I arrived at the airport in Managua, Nicaragua, late on December 27 and was greeted by one of the program veterinarians. Then I purchased a local SIM card and hopped on a provided shuttle that...

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How to Survive Second-Year Stress

May 15, 2018 / Student Blogs

Hint: Friends (Furry and Otherwise) Help As I finish up my second year of veterinary college (“The Year of -Ologies,” as they call it), I reflect on all that I have experienced since coming to the U of I. This year was much more difficult than last, with an increased class load bringing about more...

Students Participate in Pinniped Necropsy Lab at Brookfield Zoo

May 2, 2018 / Student Blogs

Last weekend, the Illinois Student Chapter of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (ISCWAVMA) hosted a pinniped necropsy wet lab with Dr. Kathleen Colegrove at Brookfield Zoo. We arrived at Brookfield Zoo early on Saturday morning to meet Dr. Colegrove. Dr. Colegrove first gave us a tour of the Zoologic Pathology Program’s (ZPP) space at...

Springtime Means It’s Time for Vaccinations

Apr 27, 2018 / Student Blogs

The extra hour of daylight in the evening with the springing forward of clocks surely confirms that spring is finally arriving here in central Illinois. Horse owners will, no doubt, welcome the opportunity to spend more time riding and, at the same time, think of scheduling spring vaccinations. The purpose of this article, then, is...

Alumni Share Career Advice with Students

Mar 28, 2018 / Student Blogs

Before spring break, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine hosted an alumni panel lunch lecture titled “Career Conversations with Alumni.” The panel featured Dr. Kristen Hicks (Owner of Diamond H Veterinary Services), Dr. Kimberly Livezey (Small Animal Practitioner & Owner, Animal Health Care Center), Dr. Martha Armour (Staff Veterinarian, Capitol Illini Veterinary Services),...

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Street Nails: An Equine Emergency

Mar 28, 2018 / Student Blogs

Imagine your horse coming in from the field toe-touching lame, just hours after you turned him out, perfectly sound. You do not see any wounds on the limb, but there is a mild amount of heat and swelling present from the hoof to fetlock region. You lift the hoof to inspect for an abscess, and...

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Students Organize Conference on Veterinary Business Management

Mar 14, 2018 / Student Blogs

The first-ever Illinois VBMA Conference, organized by the Illinois student chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), took place this past weekend. It was such a great learning experience for those of us on the executive board. We are just starting out as a board with a few new members right now, and it...

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Students Organize First Vet Med Career Fair

Mar 13, 2018 / Student Blogs

This past weekend was the inaugural University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Career Fair. Rachel Berger (second-year veterinary student), Dr. Jeffrey Mills (Central Illinois Medical Director for Banfield Pet Hospital), and I recognized a need for an event to give students face-time to connect with hiring practices. Therefore, in September 2017, Rachel and I...

Student Participates in Internal Medicine Rotation in New Zealand

Mar 1, 2018 / Student Blogs

This January, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Veterinary School at Massey University in New Zealand for an externship rotation in Internal Medicine. It was an incredible experience and also my first visit to a veterinary institution outside of North America. After three surprisingly comfortable plane rides (Air New Zealand is a great...

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Aquatics Club Gets Shedd Aquarium Tour with Illinois Alum

Feb 27, 2018 / Student Blogs

Last weekend, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Aquatics Club visited the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The “Shedd Trip,” as it’s commonly known, is the coveted reward for the Aquatics Club members who help with the husbandry of the freshwater and saltwater tanks at the college. We arrived early on Sunday...