Student Blogs

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

[Student Rachel Hallman gets a kiss from a dolphin]

MARVET Trip Fulfills Student’s Dream of Dolphin Interactions

Aug 18, 2017 / Student Blogs

‘I had to sneak in a picture kissing the dolphin!’ Ever since I was a young girl, I have been infatuated with dolphins. This summer, I was fortunate enough to go on a two-week trip called MARVET in Mexico, where a 20-year-long dream of working with dolphins was fulfilled. During this trip, there were lessons...

[members of the Illinois team on the Tanzania 2017 study abroad trip]

Study Abroad in Tanzania 2017

Aug 7, 2017 / Student Blogs

Spay/neuter/infectious disease control program A note from the program organizer, Dr. Margarethe Hoenig: This program would not have been possible without the collaboration with Professors Muhairwa and Werema at the Sokoine Agricultural University Department of Veterinary Medicine in Morogoro, who were instrumental in the day-to-day organization. We thank Anthony Mhando and Dr. Nickson Ng’umbi and...

Sarah Wright AQUAVET

Student Solidifies Passion for Aquatic Veterinary Medicine

Jul 24, 2017 / Student Blogs

I spent the first month of my summer on the East Coast participating in the AQUAVET® I: Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine course. The AQUAVET I course is run through Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and is held at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. When I first arrived at Roger Williams University,...

Study Abroad

2 Weeks in Brazil Leaves Student with Lifelong Memories

Jul 5, 2017 / Student Blogs

I knew even before I stepped off the plane that this was going to be an unforgettable adventure. From the very beginning we hit the ground running. We arrived in Curitiba Airport and were greeted by University of Illinois signs and smiling faces. Our hosts and our Brazilian instructor stood there waiting for us and...

Reflections from a Class of 2017 Graduate

May 24, 2017 / Student Blogs

“It’s hard to remember your primary objective was to drain the swamp when you’re ass-deep in alligators.” —Dad The above phrase, while not a Dad original, is one he is quite fond of saying. In the parlance of the times, I suppose the kids would call this a “dad-ism” or “dad joke.” But all dad...

Lynsee Melchi and Dr. Heather Venkat

Students Interview Dr. Heather Venkat

May 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

Fourth-year student bloggers Lynsee Melchi and Matt Holland interviewed alumna Heather Venkat, DVM ’13, MPH ’14, Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They met her during the CDC’s annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference in Atlanta in April. (Pictured above is Lynsee at left with Dr. Venkat.)     Tell us a little bit...

Illini at SAVMA

SAVMA Symposium Offers ‘Best Four Days’ So Far for First-Year Student

Apr 12, 2017 / Student Blogs

Last month, I attended the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium at Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I left Urbana on a snowy March day and headed to sunny College Station, Texas, for four days of lectures, day trips, and wet labs with veterinary students from all around...

Veterinary Extracurricular Sarah Wright

Why You Should Join Extracurricular Activities in Veterinary School

Mar 16, 2017 / Student Blogs

When I first started veterinary school six months ago, I knew that I wanted to get involved in student organizations to meet people and learn about aspects of veterinary medicine that are not taught in the traditional curriculum. Therefore, I was excited when I saw that there was a student organization club fair during orientation...

Vet Prom

Reliving Carefree Days at Vet Prom

Feb 21, 2017 / Student Blogs

Upon entering veterinary school, I kept hearing how it feels like you are going back to high school. You have lockers, see the same people every day, and even take the same classes. There are also points in time when cliques begin to form. However, I was not fully prepared to be submerged into a...

Sarah Wright

Clinical Rotation Course Boosts Comprehension

Dec 21, 2016 / Student Blogs

I spent these past eight weeks in a different kind of classroom. This classroom didn’t involve sitting in the same seat for eight hours and taking notes on lectures. Instead, it involved actively leaning and practicing clinical procedures, skills, and practices in the Clinical Skills Learning Center, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Veterinary Teaching...