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[Prof. Joseph Martocchio and his dog Mazzy]

Cabinet Role Draws on Passion for Dogs, Volunteer Experience

Oct 16, 2017 / Giving Stories

His story is ‘authentic and backed by experience’ When it comes to dogs, University of Illinois professor Dr. Joseph Martocchio is a breed apart. And his love of a particular breed – the massive, majestic Newfoundland – inspired his admiration for the College of Veterinary Medicine and his desire to sit on the board of...

[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...

[Dr. Edward adn Mrs. Virginia Voss]

Pathobiology Celebrates Research with Donors, Student Award Winners

Sep 18, 2017 / Giving Stories

On Friday, Aug. 25, five PhD students and two master’s degree students were recognized for their research at the annual Voss Pathobiology Graduate Student Research Expo at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The PhD award winners and their projects are: 1st Place—Jingjun Lin: Proper exiting of competence state benefits Streptococcus pneumoniae D39...

[Dr. Ken Todd, Mrs FItzgerald, Dr. Paul Fitzgerald, and Dr. Daniel Snyder in 1983]

Scholarship Donors, Recipient Believe in ‘Paying It Forward’

Jul 3, 2017 / Giving Stories

Dr. Daniel E. Snyder is grateful to the University of Illinois for the great education and opportunity he gained here, which have fostered his successful 30-year career in the pharmaceutical industry. His history with the College of Veterinary Medicine began when he entered the PhD program, where he worked in the lab of Dr. Paul...

Bledsoe mission scholarship

On a Mission to Change Lives, Open Doors

May 1, 2017 / Giving Stories

Dr. Stephen Hadley, a 1987 graduate of the college, and his wife, Denyse, have a strong belief in mission work: They believe that not only does serving people and communities in need benefit the recipients of the service, but it is also life changing for the individuals who provide the service. The couple have been...

[Judy and Ed Polzin in Molly's Place]

Donors Create ‘Molly’s Place’ to Bring Peace

Apr 8, 2017 / Giving Stories

Photo captions: The plaque hanging outside Molly’s Place; the dedication celebration attended by college and hospital leadership; Christine Dietrich, who helped the Polzins make Molly’s Place a reality; Heather Clay and Dr. Julia Whittington talk with the Polzins in Molly’s Place; Ginger Passalacqua, referral coordinator at the hospital, painted a portrait of Molly. Molly Polzin...

Bear’s Story Inspires Young Philanthropist

Jul 28, 2016 / General News

10-Year-Old to Use Photography Skills to Help More Animals Bear’s sad story was all over the newspapers. On April 22, the chocolate Labrador mix was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital showing many signs of abuse, including a lower jaw shattered by a gunshot. The public reacted to the news articles by...

Rose Ann Meccoli poses with veterinary students at a medieval fair with the resident birds of prey

Learning from the Birds

May 1, 2016 / Giving Stories

Stephanie Dantino, Class of 2017, was the first recipient of the Rose Ann Meccoli Memorial Scholarship. A student volunteer who cares for the Wildlife Medical Clinic’s resident birds of prey and takes them to community outreach events, Dantino has done a lot of teaching. And yet, she is quick to credit the birds themselves as...

Dr. Bill Augustine

Welcome to the Illinois Family

May 1, 2016 / Giving Stories

“Compassion and caring for animals form the common bond connecting all veterinarians,” said Dr. Bill Augustine, president of the Illinois Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association. Whether they work in production medicine, public health, conservation, research, or any of dozens of other fields, veterinarians share this commitment. All Illinois veterinary graduates are also connected by automatic membership...