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[Illinois veterinary alumni speak to students]

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

Oct 31, 2017 / Alumni Profiles

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,...

Dr. Erin Stein with dog

Alumna in Army Veterinary Corps Finds Ways to Say ‘Yes’

Oct 30, 2017 / Alumni Profiles

Illinois Alum Combines Military Career and Veterinary Medicine Dr. Erin Stein (DVM ’15, MPH ’16) acknowledges that veterinary medicine pushes the boundaries of one’s abilities. After all, there are extraordinary demands and limited supplies. Her own career path, however, illustrates that an openness to other points of view and creative solutions can be the key...

[Betty and K.T. Wright pose with Suzanna Storms]

Loyalty, Legacy Inspire Campaign Leader K.T. Wright

Oct 13, 2017 / Alumni Profiles

32 Wrights have an Illinois connection When it came time for Dr. K.T. Wright to select the school where he would earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, he had absolutely no doubt where he would enroll. “That was never an item for discussion,” he says today with a chuckle. That’s because Dr. Wright, who...

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Alumni to Present at Fall Conference for Veterinarians

Oct 3, 2017 / Alumni News

The annual College of Veterinary Medicine Fall Conference will be held at the iHotel and Conference Center on October 26-27. This year’s keynote speaker is alumnus Congressman Kurt Schrader (DVM ’77), who is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. Alumni Speakers

[Dr. Rich Nye, exotic veterinarian]

Rich Nye: From Cubs Pitcher to Exotic Vet Pioneer

Feb 22, 2017 / Alumni Profiles

Illinois Alum Has Led Multifaceted Career The Chicago Cubs and their historic, hysterical romp to the 2016 World Series title remain a source of jubilation throughout Illinois and beyond. When it comes to the relatively narrow subset of University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine alumni and student fans, however, perhaps no one savored the...

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Alumnus of First Illinois Veterinary Class Still Working Hard

Jan 30, 2017 / Alumni Profiles

Dr. George Scott is a delightful storyteller, frequently spicing his anecdotes with the introduction, “I never will forget….” Given that he turned 90 in December 2016, that memory is as impressive as it is priceless to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. Because Dr. George C. Scott (yes, his real name)...

Dr. Ruth Marcec

Alumna Lands Dream Job Conserving Snakes

Sep 23, 2016 / Alumni Profiles

Reptiles and amphibians have always fascinated Ruth Marcec. After earning bachelor’s, veterinary, and PhD degrees in pursuit of this passion, she is applying her unique expertise as the director of the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC). OCIC, run by the Central Florida Zoo, focuses on reproduction and reintroduction methods for the eastern indigo snake....

Alumni Spotlight: Jamie Stewart (DVM ’13)

Sep 7, 2016 / Alumni Profiles

In this spotlight series, we are featuring alumni speakers who are presenting at the 2016 Fall Conference for Veterinarians. Register now for Fall Conference or view other alumni speaker profiles; more will be added each week leading up to the conference! Jamie Stewart (DVM ’13) Theriogenology Resident University of Illinois Fall Conference Presentation Updates on Breeding Soundness Exams in Male Ruminants...

Alumni Spotlight: Amy Somrak (DVM ’10)

Sep 7, 2016 / Alumni Profiles

In this spotlight series, we are featuring alumni speakers who are presenting at the 2016 Fall Conference for Veterinarians. Register now for Fall Conference or view other alumni speaker profiles; more will be added each week leading up to the conference! Amy Somrak (DVM ’10) Clinical Assistant Professor of Veterinary Dentistry University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Fall Conference Presentation...

Alumni Spotlight: John Spence (DVM ’01)

Sep 7, 2016 / Alumni Profiles

In this spotlight series, we are featuring alumni speakers who are presenting at the 2016 Fall Conference for Veterinarians. Register now for Fall Conference or view other alumni speaker profiles; more will be added each week leading up to the conference! John Spence (DVM ’01) Veterinarian, Co-Owner Sesser Animal Hospital Fall Conference Presentation Why Didn’t I Think of That? Practice Tips...