Message from the Dean

Illinois All-Stars Return to Help the Team

Herb Whiteley and Dawn Morin return to the team

This message will appear in the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Epitome.

First, there were Michael Jordon and Ryne Sandberg. Now, our college has its own version of retired MVPs returning to the team to keep things running smoothly.

I’m talking about Dr. Herb Whiteley and Dr. Dawn Morin. Both have come out of retirement to provide interim leadership as the college conducts national searches to fill the roles. Dr. Whiteley, an esteemed pathologist, served on our faculty from 1985 to 1995, then returned in 2001 as dean for a 12-year period of tremendous growth in the college. Dr. Morin arrived at Illinois in 1986 as an intern and retired more than 30 years later having held multiple influential roles on the campus and in our college.

Dr. Whiteley Helms Diagnostic Lab

Dr. Whiteley took on the role of interim director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) last summer. His duties include serving as the chief administrator and financial officer, overseeing faculty with VDL appointments and staff, and facilitating relationships with the lab’s diverse clientele, among other duties.

Herb brings a tremendous breadth of experience to the role of diagnostic lab director. Between his time as an Illinois faculty member and his return as dean, Dr. Whiteley spent six years as head of both the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science at the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

During Dr. Whiteley’s tenure as dean, the college implemented its unique integrated veterinary curriculum and established its primary care practice in Chicago, the Medical District Veterinary Clinic. His credentials include a DVM from Purdue University, a PhD from Colorado State, and diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Pathology, with an emphasis in ocular disease.  

Dr. Morin Steers Learning Center

In December, Dr. Morin returned to the college as interim director of the Clinical Skills Learning Center (CSLC). She had played a major role in shaping that unit into a leading veterinary skills center worldwide, serving as its director from 2016 to 2018, when she retired.

Dr. Morin’s career at Illinois began in 1986, when she arrived for an internship followed by residency training in food animal medicine and surgery. In 1991 she joined the faculty, later serving as our university’s first director of the Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program from 2004 to 2012 and as the college’s assistant dean of academic affairs and curriculum from 2007 to 2016.

Dawn received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1986 and her MS from the University of Illinois in 1991. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal).

I am extremely grateful for these two returning all-stars for their dedication to the college. Both have unmatched skills and experience to keep the units running smoothly as the college searches for permanent leaders.

Chicago Position Combines Outreach, Clinical Service

The college has an opening for a veterinarian interested in combining primary care practice, engagement with veterinary students, and outreach to schools in Chicago to attract a diverse future veterinary student body.

Our Medical District Veterinary Clinic is adding a sixth practitioner. They are looking for an enthusiastic doctor to join their close-knit team that provides patients and clients with high-quality care. This person will also spend two days a week building connections with Chicago school systems, in partnership with ISVMA and Chicago VMA, to expose more area youth to veterinary and science careers and opportunities.

To view this position announcement, as well as other openings at the college, visit and search on “veterinary.”