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[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...