at the American Veterinary Medical Association Conference
Following a full day at the exhibition hall, CE sessions, and meetings, alumni and College friends will gather together for fellowship and to hear about College news and initiatives. This annual event typically draws about 200 guests (alumni, friends of the College, current students, faculty and family members).
Veterinary Student Orientation (includes Blue Coat ceremony)
The orientation program helps first-year veterinary students plot a course for the challenging academic endeavor ahead. This program offers tremendous exposure to this new crop of professional students as well as faculty and current students involved with the team-building exercises. Feedback from the students participating in orientation and particularly the team-building is extremely positive. Students are officially welcomed into the program through the Blue Coat ceremony. This ceremony marks their acceptance into the Illini family and helps students realize they are entering a community of professionals. Donning a blue lab coat in the presence of faculty and representatives from professional organizations and reciting an ethics code symbolically formalizes that transition.
Conference Alumni Pre-Game Event
This pre-game event is the conclusion of our Fall Conference activities. It brings alumni and their families, students and College friends together prior to the football game.
Reception at the American Association of Equine Practitioners Conference
Alumni, veterinary students, and friends of the College gather at this annual reception held during the AAEP Convention. Following a full day of educational sessions, tours, and meetings, this reception is always a fun way to network and share the Illini spirit, while learning about College news.
Alumni Reception at the North American Veterinary Conference
Over 150 alumni, veterinary students, and friends of the College gather at this annual Orange and Blue event held during the popular NAVC in Orlando. Following a full day of educational sessions, tours, and meetings, this reception is always a fun way to kick off the new year and share the Illini spirit while learning about College news.
Reception at the Western Veterinary Conference
Following a full day at the exhibition hall, CE sessions, and meetings, alumni and College friends will gather together for fellowship and to hear about College news and initiatives. This annual event, held in Las Vegas, typically draws about 250 guests (alumni, friends of the College, current students, faculty and family members).
Applicant Interviews and Recruitment Program
This is our College's opportunity to shine! Prospective students are invited to the College for interviews and to take a look at the College. In 2010, 328 Illinois residents and out-of-state applicants were invited to compete for 100 in-state and 20 non-resident spots. The applicants take part in a wide variety of activities including tours of College facilities, career talks presented by alumni and faculty, and a club fair featuring student organizations and sponsors.
Veterinary Medicine Open House
Several thousand people flock to the Annual University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. Our veterinary students organize and host the Open House. Most of the attendees are animal owners or animal lovers who would benefit from knowing about animal related services or products.
Student Awards Ceremony
This annual spring event brings approximately 300 veterinary students, their families, alumni, and award and scholarship sponsors together.
The White Coat Ceremony commends students entering clinical rotations in the fourth-year of the DVM program for successfully completing their basic sciences studies. Also recognized are the contributions of faculty who prepare students in the first years of the curriculum. More than 400 people, including students, faculty, family, and alumni attend the ceremony.
Graduating Senior Student Farewell
Hosted by the College's dean, Dr. Herb Whiteley, this farewell event acknowledges the fourth-year students for successfully completing the DVM program. Materials about membership in the University's Alumni Association and organized veterinary medicine to encourage connections to both the profession and the University will also be distributed.
College of Veterinary Medicine Commencement Reception
This reception immediately follows the College's commencement ceremony at the College. More than 100 new graduates with their freshly minted diplomas join family members, spouses, and friends as well as faculty, staff, and veterinary mentors for one final celebration. Both buildings are open allowing attendees to view the photos of the College's current and past graduates and to tour the hospital.