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,...


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....

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...