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...

[Noel was a saw-whet owl]

Saying Good-bye to Our Saw-whet Owl

Oct 1, 2016 / Student Blogs

This week the Wildlife Medical Clinic said good-bye to a very special animal. On Thursday, September 29, our little northern saw-whet owl, Noel, passed away quietly in her outdoor aviary. Noel had been with the wildlife clinic for nearly 10 years. She was brought in for care on December 5, 2006, with no function of...

Dr. Ramona Allen

South African Series: Q/A with Dr. Ramona Allen

Sep 14, 2016 / Student Blogs

During her summer rotation in South Africa, fourth-year student Lynsee Melchi interviewed a series of veterinarians about their practice experiences. Dr. Ramona Allen is a small animal veterinarian with an interest in specializing in ophthalmology. She has been taking extra courses in ophthalmology-related subjects both in South Africa and the United States. She also hopes...

South Africa, June-August 2016

Sep 7, 2016 / Student Blogs

From June until August 2016 I was in South Africa completing two public health rotations and one avian/exotics primary care rotation.  This is my sixth trip to South Africa since my first study abroad experience in 2002.  In 2007 and 2008 I was working on my BVSc (equivalent to DVM) at the veterinary school in...

South Africa, Veterinary Wildlife Services, May 2016

Sep 7, 2016 / Student Blogs

As a final year veterinary student, I was given the opportunity to work beside the head veterinarian of Kruger National Park during a two-week externship related to wild game capture and wildlife management. While in Kruger Park, I stayed in Skukuza Camp with the Veterinary Wildlife Services (VWS) during “rhino capture season.” Kruger Park is...

Spay, Neuter, and Infectious Disease Control, Tanzania, 2016

Aug 31, 2016 / Student Blogs

This program would not have been possible without the collaboration with Professor Muhairwa at the Sokoine Agricultural University Department of Veterinary Medicine in Morogoro, who was instrumental in the day-to-day organization. We thank Anthony Mhando and Dr. Nickson Ng’umbi and the local veterinary officer, James Nathan, for their daily assistance. We could not have done...

Acupuncture Course, China, 2016

Aug 30, 2016 / Student Blogs

Sunday, June 12, 2016: Carolina Garcia We used the Sunday before starting our acupuncture course to walk around Beijing, a city which is very big and full of history and culture. Our day started at 9:00 am, we had a delicious breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express hotel which included Chinese/Western type of food: noodles,...

Mathew Shockey (second from the left) poses with other foreign exchange students during his study abroad trip to the United Kingdom.

Bristol, United Kingdom, 2016

Aug 30, 2016 / Student Blogs

Sunday, July 10, 2016 Although it turned out to be more of a challenge to get to the Langford House than I had hoped, I made it to my residence and settled in my assigned room. Tomorrow I am scheduled to meet my contact, Dr. Ed van Klink, at the abattoir in the morning. Monday,...

Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience (iVLE) 2016 vet students

Leadership Program Bonds New Veterinary Students

Aug 29, 2016 / Student Blogs

When I first heard of the Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience (iVLE), I pictured sitting in a crowded room with unfamiliar faces, learning about stress and time management. I visualized participating in dry icebreakers and being nervous and overwhelmed with new information. With this mindset, I hesitantly arrived on a rainy Monday morning at Lake of...