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[Rep. Kurt Schrader and Dr. Sarah Allison]

Allison Finds AAVMC Public Policy Fellowship 'Life Changing'

Jun 25, 2015 / Alumni Profiles

When Dr. Sarah Allison talks about her recent veterinary public policy fellowship, she exudes excitement. “I’m thrilled that I had the opportunity to participate in this fellowship,” said Dr. Allison, a clinical assistant professor and assistant director for the campus Division of Animal Resources. “It was life changing.” Dr. Allison was one of two inaugural...

Dr. Cynthia Olsen (DVM '06)

Olsen Embraces Entrepreneurial Spirit in Her Chicago Practice

Apr 29, 2015 / Alumni News

Alumni Profile Submitted by Dr. Lynne White-Shim (DVM ’06) Dr. Cynthia Olsen (DVM ’06), a Japanese-American Chicagoan who is an avid equestrian who was originally educated in sound engineering,  isn’t one who is concerned about fitting into a certain mold. So it wasn’t surprising that, despite recent research showing hesitation by young veterinarians to become...

[Kate Varela outside Sen. Richard Durbin's office in Washington, D.C.]

Varela Sees DVMs’ Impact in D.C.

Jun 15, 2014 / Alumni Profiles

“As a kid I wanted to be a small animal veterinarian. I like diagnosing and treating patients and interacting with pet owners,” said Dr. Kate Varela, who completed her Illinois DVM in 2012. But Dr. Varela came to want her veterinary career to have a broader impact. After earning a bachelor’s degree in the Program...

[Dr. Tim Sullivan and his two beagles]

Still Crazy About Being Mundelein Vet After All These Years

Jun 15, 2014 / Alumni Profiles

Dr. Tim Sullivan has been practicing veterinary medicine since the age of ten. As a kid, he would often get up in the middle of the night to help his older brother, Edwin, with surgeries at the Libertyville Animal Hospital and later at the Mundelein Animal Hospital opened by Edwin, an Illinois graduate in the...

[Rep. Kurt Schrader standing in front of a barn]

Schrader’s Veterinary Background Informs U.S. House Role

Jun 15, 2014 / Alumni Profiles

“Veterinary practice was great training for Congress,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) in a recent interview. “Animals don’t talk, so you have to learn body language. ” A year after earning his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 1977, Dr. Schrader opened the Clackamas County Veterinary Clinic in Oregon. In addition to owning...