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Reflections from a Class of 2017 Graduate

May 24, 2017 / Student Blogs

“It’s hard to remember your primary objective was to drain the swamp when you’re ass-deep in alligators.” —Dad The above phrase, while not a Dad original, is one he is quite fond of saying. In the parlance of the times, I suppose the kids would call this a “dad-ism” or “dad joke.” But all dad...

Lynsee Melchi and Dr. Heather Venkat

Students Interview Dr. Heather Venkat

May 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

Fourth-year student bloggers Lynsee Melchi and Matt Holland interviewed alumna Heather Venkat, DVM ’13, MPH ’14, Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They met her during the CDC’s annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference in Atlanta in April. (Pictured above is Lynsee at left with Dr. Venkat.)     Tell us a little bit...

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SAVMA Symposium Offers ‘Best Four Days’ So Far for First-Year Student

Apr 12, 2017 / Student Blogs

Last month, I attended the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Symposium at Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I left Urbana on a snowy March day and headed to sunny College Station, Texas, for four days of lectures, day trips, and wet labs with veterinary students from all around...

Veterinary Extracurricular Sarah Wright

Why You Should Join Extracurricular Activities in Veterinary School

Mar 16, 2017 / Student Blogs

When I first started veterinary school six months ago, I knew that I wanted to get involved in student organizations to meet people and learn about aspects of veterinary medicine that are not taught in the traditional curriculum. Therefore, I was excited when I saw that there was a student organization club fair during orientation...

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Reliving Carefree Days at Vet Prom

Feb 21, 2017 / Student Blogs

Upon entering veterinary school, I kept hearing how it feels like you are going back to high school. You have lockers, see the same people every day, and even take the same classes. There are also points in time when cliques begin to form. However, I was not fully prepared to be submerged into a...

Sarah Wright

Clinical Rotation Course Boosts Comprehension

Dec 21, 2016 / Student Blogs

I spent these past eight weeks in a different kind of classroom. This classroom didn’t involve sitting in the same seat for eight hours and taking notes on lectures. Instead, it involved actively leaning and practicing clinical procedures, skills, and practices in the Clinical Skills Learning Center, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Veterinary Teaching...

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Neurology through a First-Year’s Eyes

Dec 12, 2016 / Student Blogs

With it being my favorite rotation, I felt I had to talk about neurology. I was able to get a glimpse into the life of a veterinary neurologist’s 12-plus-hour days, complex cases, and spinal surgeries. These doctors complete four years of veterinary school and then do another four years or more to be board-certified in...

Jen Tito

Student Goes on Her First Clinical Rotation: Surgical Skills

Nov 8, 2016 / Student Blogs

“Rotation vacation” is the sole phrase I heard upon starting my veterinary school education. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is unique because its curriculum provides students with clinical rotations in the first year whereas most others start rotations in the fourth year. This allows students to better grasp basic skills and concepts to...

Lynsee Melchi AVMA judging

4 Tips to Get Your Learn On

Oct 21, 2016 / Student Blogs

October? How on earth have we come to October? First-years have officially started their first week of clinics and the Class of 2017 is MORE than halfway through clinics!!! Bravo! This week you will find me deep in the Large Animal Clinic deciphering the mysteries of the thorax, donning lead, and helping take pretty animal...

Sarah Wright

Student Reflects on First Quarter of Vet School

Oct 19, 2016 / Student Blogs

Monday, August 22nd. The date had been circled on my calendar almost all summer. This date marked the beginning of a new era: The first day of class at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Although my i-card claimed that I was a veterinary student and I had a new fancy blue coat...