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Welcome, Alumni!

As a member of a network that is over 5500 alumni strong, you and your fellow alumni play an important role in the success of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Our alumni are not just our past—your connection with the college is a vital part of its future success. So whether you have just graduated or are about to celebrate your 60 year reunion, we encourage you to stay connected and get involved with your alma mater and your fellow alumni.

Get Involved

Below are just a few of the ways you can get involved with the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hire Students

Our alumni hire College of Veterinary Medicine students and fellow alumni for a variety of positions, including but not limited to internships, residencies, and full-time employment in practices. If you have hired a student or fellow college alum, thank you! If you are looking to fill a position, you may submit information to have the job opportunity posted to our website using this form. View the Alumni Job Board.

Attend Events

There are lots of alumni and special events each year, including alumni receptions, class reunions, Vet Med Open House, and more. Check the college calendar for details.

  • College of Veterinary Medicine Awards and Scholarships Brunch
  • Fall Conference for Veterinarians (most class reunions are held in conjunction with this event)
  • University of Illinois Homecoming
  • Vet Med Open House
  • Alumni receptions at the following national meetings:
    • Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting
    • American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting
    • American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention
    • VMX (formerly North American Veterinary Conference)
    • Western Veterinary Conference

Interview Applicants

Every spring semester, over 300 applicants come to the College of Veterinary Medicine to interview for one of 120 spots in the DVM degree program. We have 21 teams of interviewers, and each team has a veterinarian on the team. If you are interested in serving on one of these interview teams, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.


Thank you so much to our alumni who impact the College of Veterinary Medicine by making charitable donations! From the Veterinary Medicine Achievement Fund, which provides annual, unrestricted support to the college, to class endowed scholarships to estate gifts, there are many ways that you can make a gift to your alma mater. Visit our Giving section to learn more about the ways you can support the college.

Stay Connected

Be sure we have your current contact information so that you receive our monthly e-newsletters and other important news. Please subscribe to our news feeds and follow us on social media to keep abreast of the activities of the students and faculty at your College of Veterinary Medicine.


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Cheryl Rosenfeld

Alumna Makes Impact through Research, Pioneers Path for Women

Jan 26, 2018 / Alumni News

Cheryl Rosenfeld started on a path to become a small animal veterinarian. Along the way, however, this University of Illinois alumna changed course to a research career that not only illuminates human health concerns but also nurtures other women who aspire to be researchers. Dr. Rosenfeld earned both her undergraduate and veterinary degree from Illinois....

Julia Whittington Named Hospital Chief of Staff

Dec 11, 2017 / Alumni News

‘We are Improving Lives for all our customers’ One sentence from the hospital website contains our mission and purpose: “Simply put, the hospital is dedicated to improving lives: by providing exceptional patient care, by serving animal owners and veterinarians, by advancing veterinary education, and by developing innovative health solutions.” When the college crafted the 2016-2020...

[Illinois veterinary alumni speak to students]

Alumni to Students: ‘Relax, Stay Open to Options’

Oct 31, 2017 / Alumni News

As students, we are invited to many lunch lectures throughout the year. These lectures not only provide free food but also deliver information that prepares us to be better veterinarians. The knowledge we take away from those 50 minutes influences our future. Last week I attended a panel lecture hosting five successful alumni: Dennis Brooks,...

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