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[2018 AASV winners from Illinois]

Illinois Graduate, Students Earn Kudos at National Swine Meeting

Mar 22, 2018 / Alumni News

Several Illinois students and a 2012 alumnus were recognized at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in San Diego, Calif., in early March. Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Dr. Adam Schelkopf, of Sioux Falls, S.D., received the Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year Award, given to an AASV...

[Tucker Tallering]

From Phobic to Functioning: One Dog’s Stormy Story

Mar 19, 2018 / Behavior

Pets’ behavioral conditions affect the whole family Dr. Kathy Tallering remembers the exact moment it began. The Chicago pediatrician was taking her then-four-year-old Portuguese water dog, Tucker, for a walk in their Lincoln Park neighborhood when “we got caught in one of those lovely Chicago flash thunderstorms.” Their misfortune didn’t seem particularly significant at the...

[crated dogs await their travel]

Pugs (and Other Pups) on Planes

Mar 14, 2018 / General News

Tips to Keep Pets Safe at 20,000 ft “Where’s the grass around here? Why am I in this carrier? Why are my ears popping at high altitudes?” If you think flying is stressful for people, imagine how it feels for the 2 million animals that travel each year by plane. The recent death of a...

VBMA Conference

Students Organize Conference on Veterinary Business Management

Mar 14, 2018 / Student Blogs

The first-ever Illinois VBMA Conference, organized by the Illinois student chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), took place this past weekend. It was such a great learning experience for those of us on the executive board. We are just starting out as a board with a few new members right now, and it...


Winter Olympics Spur Influx of South Korean Dogs

Mar 13, 2018 / General News

Recent reports from the media have documented the growing number of dogs imported to the United States from South Korea after the Olympics. Veterinarians need to be asking themselves: What might these animals be bringing with them?  Various animal rights and rescue groups are orchestrating shipments of these dogs into the U.S. in an effort...

career fair

Students Organize First Vet Med Career Fair

Mar 13, 2018 / Student Blogs

This past weekend was the inaugural University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Career Fair. Rachel Berger (second-year veterinary student), Dr. Jeffrey Mills (Central Illinois Medical Director for Banfield Pet Hospital), and I recognized a need for an event to give students face-time to connect with hiring practices. Therefore, in September 2017, Rachel and I...

Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Mar 13, 2018 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Barred Owl The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic—a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals—will feature a different patient each week on the Critter Cam. Caption and video don’t match? Well, situations can change pretty fast in the Wildlife Medical Clinic, so we can’t always keep our...

Get to Know Mikayla Wrasse

Mar 1, 2018 / Get to Know

Mikayla Wrasse, certified veterinary technician, has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine just under two years.  Using 10 words or less, describe what your role at the college is: My role is to take care of the animals that stay overnight in the ICU. What is your favorite part of your job? Being able...

Student Participates in Internal Medicine Rotation in New Zealand

Mar 1, 2018 / Student Blogs

This January, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Veterinary School at Massey University in New Zealand for an externship rotation in Internal Medicine. It was an incredible experience and also my first visit to a veterinary institution outside of North America. After three surprisingly comfortable plane rides (Air New Zealand is a great...

Sarah Wright at Shedd Aquarium

Aquatics Club Gets Shedd Aquarium Tour with Illinois Alum

Feb 27, 2018 / Student Blogs

Last weekend, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Aquatics Club visited the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The “Shedd Trip,” as it’s commonly known, is the coveted reward for the Aquatics Club members who help with the husbandry of the freshwater and saltwater tanks at the college. We arrived early on Sunday...