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....

resident eagle

How We Got Our Eagle

Jun 8, 2016 / Student Blogs

On March 15, 2015, some Peoria citizens noticed something odd—a bald eagle swimming in the Illinois River. Upon closer inspection, the onlookers realized that the bird wasn’t swimming—she was actually struggling to stay afloat. With some help and a little bit of ingenuity, these heroes were able to retrieve the eagle from the water and...

Malky with eagle

Illinois Student Shares Tales from Israeli Wildlife Hospital

May 13, 2016 / Student Blogs

Editor’s note: This report was written by fourth-year veterinary student Malky Spektor, who chose to spend her six-week professional development program working at Israeli Wildlife Hospital. Dr. Julia Whittington, clinical associate professor and director of the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, was her mentor. I have now completed five weeks here at the Israeli Wildlife Hospital. This week...

adopted owl

Great Horned Owl Chick Connects with Foster Parents

Mar 28, 2016 / Student Blogs

It’s officially baby season here at the Wildlife Medical Clinic! We’ve seen baby gray squirrels, fox squirrels, raccoons, and cottontails over the past couple of weeks, but last week, the clinic admitted its first baby bird—and he’s quite a big baby! This great horned owl nestling was brought in after someone found him alone on...

Meaghan MacQueen poses for a photo while studying abroad in Ireland

Kildare, Ireland, TroyTown GreyAbbey, 2016

Mar 10, 2016 / Student Blogs

My journey through Ireland was an unbelievable experience both on and off the job.  First and foremost I took this trip to gain valuable experience in equine veterinary medicine at one of the top equine private practices, TroyTown GreyAbbey, located in the center of Thoroughbred country.  In Kildare, Ireland, within the Curragh plain, I observed...

Lynsee Melchi at the top of Table Mountain

Keep Going: A Message for My Vet School Colleagues

Mar 8, 2016 / Student Blogs

If you feel like you can’t go on … keep going. Recently a line from the Mozambiquan national anthem (“pedra a pedra…”) popped into my head. My Portuguese skills are pretty laughable, but I know it means “rock by rock,” or more familiarly “brick by brick.” Wikipedia says the full line goes “pedra a pedra...

Something to Crow about: Bullet Removed from Bird

Feb 25, 2016 / Student Blogs

Winter is a slow time for most wildlife caretakers in the Midwest, and the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic is no different. Many animals are hibernating or have migrated, and there are no babies around to get into trouble. But, as it always does, work in the clinic has started to pick up with...

Currumbin, Australia, Currumbin Wildlife Foundation, 2015

Jan 26, 2016 / Student Blogs

I spent four weeks at the Currumbin Wildlife Foundation (CWF) located in Currumbin, Australia. A major perk of working in Currumbin was the city itself – the beach with perfect warm water and huge surfing waves was a five-minute walk away, the “coldest” temperature was 80F, and it was always sunny! The small city has...

Dr. Megan Watson and sea otter in Alaska

Vet Resident Assists in Alaskan Sea Otter Rescue

Jan 21, 2016 / Student Blogs

In October, Shedd Aquarium provided an amazing opportunity to travel to Homer, Alaska, through their rescue and rehabilitation efforts. This was in response to a request for veterinary support from the Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC). The ASLC is part of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which helps respond to calls of stranded (beached)...


Bobcat Healing (and Growling) at Wildlife Medical Clinic

Dec 17, 2015 / Student Blogs

While many have been out buying gifts and goodies for the holiday season this past week, the students at the Wildlife Medical Clinic have been hard at work trying to give the perfect gift to a young bobcat—a second chance at a wild life. In late November, this beautiful animal was crossing a road with...