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Dr. Perushan with baby baboon

South African Series: Q/A with Dr. Perushan Yenketsamy

Aug 25, 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. Perushan Yenketsamy is a veterinarian at the Bryanston Avian, Exotic and Small Animal Clinic in Johannesburg. He is 31 years old and immensely enjoys the social scene, park walks with his dogs, intelligent conversation,...

Dr. Themba Malatse (Polokwane State Vet)

South African Series: Q/A with Dr. Themba Malatse

Aug 11, 2016 / Student Blogs

During her summer rotation in South Africa, fourth-year student Lynsee Melchi is interviewing a series of veterinarians about their practice experiences. Dr. Themba Malatse is a state veterinarian in animal health for the municipality of Polokwane in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  In this position he oversees control and testing for diseases like tuberculosis...

Johannesburg Zoo

South African Series: Q/A with Dr. Kresen Pillay and Dr. Johan Naude

Aug 11, 2016 / Student Blogs

During her summer rotation in South Africa, fourth-year student Lynsee Melchi is interviewing a series of veterinarians about their practice experiences. Dr. Kresen Pillay is the head veterinarian at the Johannesburg Zoo. He is originally from the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. He graduated from the University of Pretoria’s Onderstepoort Veterinary School in 2013.  After...

Bheki Ngwenya treats cattle in the field for ringworm

South African Series: Q/A with Bheki Ngwenya

Aug 11, 2016 / Student Blogs

During her summer rotation in South Africa, fourth-year student Lynsee Melchi is interviewing a series of veterinarians and others in the field about their practice experiences. Bheki Ngwenya is a veterinary nurse working as a clinical officer for the Mpumalanga government of South Africa. He services the area of Dundonald. In his job he renders...

Dr. Takalani Netshituni demonstrates the use of a hands free wash station at a slaughterhouse.

South African Series: Q/A With Dr. Takalani Netshituni

Aug 11, 2016 / Student Blogs

During her summer rotation in South Africa, fourth-year student Lynsee Melchi is interviewing a series of veterinarians about their practice experiences. Dr. Takalani Netshituni is a state veterinarian working in the areas of Veterinary Public Health (meat and milk inspection) and Primary Animal Health for the Province of Limpopo. He is currently collaborating with other...

Muzi Dube

South African Series: Q/A with Dr. Muzi Dube

Aug 11, 2016 / Student Blogs

During her summer rotation in South Africa, fourth-year student Lynsee Melchi is interviewing a series of veterinarians about their practice experiences. While shadowing recently at the Johannesburg Zoo I had the pleasure of getting to ask their new director, Dr. Muzi Dube, a few questions about his life as a veterinarian and his vision for...

[Danielle Engel - summer research]

Summer Research: Ten Weeks in a Lab, Three Days at a Conference

Aug 5, 2016 / Research News

Research is frustrating, tiresome—and incredibly rewarding Recently, I and 10 fellow veterinary students from the University of Illinois attended the three-day Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium at The Ohio State University. When our program coordinator, Dr. Lois Hoyer, told us that we should pack business attire and act professionally throughout the course of the weekend,...

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Vet Student Shadows at Johannesburg Zoo

Jul 14, 2016 / Student Blogs

The Right Way to Plan Years of traveling have taught me one important thing about traveling—you can plot, plan, and meticulously arrange, but the best things happen by chance. And sometimes holding together that carefully organized plan is more trouble than it’s worth. I’m sure this is a lesson of South African origin because although...

Lynsee with bird

Rotation in Johannesburg Builds Student’s Confidence with Birds

Jul 6, 2016 / Student Blogs

Fourth-Year Veterinary Student Spends Two Weeks in South African Practice I spent the past two weeks working at a small animal/exotics practice in Johannesburg that primarily sees birds. I was completing my “Primary Care” rotation, which can be done either at my school or out in the real world. Primary care consists of all the...

feeding beaver

Baby Beaver Gets Soothing Care from Clinic

Jun 20, 2016 / Student Blogs

When most people think of central Illinois, they don’t think water. And they certainly don’t think aquatic animals. But between the vast corn and soy fields, there are some pretty beautiful lakes, rivers, and ponds, and early this season, one the most charismatic residents of these ecosystems was in need of help—an American beaver kit....