Zuschlag Collection

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association opened the Dr. Walter E. Zuschlag/ISVMA Veterinary Heritage Collection in October 2007.

About the Collection

On display on the second floor of the Basic Sciences Building, located at 2001 South Lincoln Avenue in Urbana, the collection is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on regular University business days.

The collection includes more than 30 cabinets featuring artifacts from the earliest days of the veterinary profession. Syringes on display date from the Civil War era. An exhibit on veterinary pharmacology contains medicines from the quack doctors of the late 19th century. Numerous surgical implements show how animal surgery has evolved from primitive beginnings.


With deep appreciation we acknowledge the vision and commitment of the following associations and individuals who worked to make the Dr. Walter E. Zuschlag/ISVMA Veterinary Heritage Collection and Information Commons a reality:

Cabinet Sponsors

  • Dr. and Mrs. William Augustine
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael Biehl
  • Dr. and Mrs. Wes Bieritz
  • Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Brown
  • Dr. JB Bruederle
  • Drs. Gary Brummet and Donna Juhl
  • Chicago Veterinary Medical Association
  • Veterinary Medicine Class of 1956
  • Dr. Elizabeth Clyde-Druin
  • Dr. and Mrs. Walt Dalitsch
  • Dr. and Mrs. Roger Dupuis
  • Dr. and Mrs. John Ehrhardt
  • Dr. and Mrs. Gene Gambrel
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ron Gill
  • Greater Rockford Veterinary Medical Association
  • Drs. Walter Hoffmann and Ann Johnson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jorge Hoogeweg
  • Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hull
  • Dr. and Mrs. Cecil Ingmire
  • Dr. and Mrs. William Johnson
  • Dr. Robert Keough
  • Dr. Rosemary LoGiudice
  • Dr. Roger Mahr
  • Mrs. Julia McCutchan
  • Dr. and Mrs. William McEniry
  • Dr. Ed McGinniss
  • Dr. and Mrs. James Nadler
  • Raudabaugh Family
  • Dr. and Mrs. Sheldon B. Rubin
  • Safanie Family: Mses. Susan Lowry, Kristen Safanie, and Linda Safanie-Crain
  • Dr. Erwin Small
  • Southern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association
  • Dr. and Mrs. Craig Stevenson
  • Dr. Deborah Wagner
  • Dr. and Mrs. Herb Whiteley

Heritage Collection Committee

  • Dr. Wayne Brown
  • Dr. Gary Brummet
  • Ms. Diane Fagen
  • Dr. Gene Gambrel
  • Dr. Shannon Greeley
  • Dr. Richard Hull
  • Dr. Cecil Ingmire
  • Dr. Donna Juhl
  • Mr. Peter Weber

Support the Collection

You can support the Zuschlag Collection by making a monetary gift or donating historical items. Please remember that if you work for a matching gift company, your contribution could be matched, doubled, or even tripled!


Please make your check payable to the “University of Illinois Foundation” and mail to:

University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
Office of Advancement – Heritage Collection
2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Room 3505 VMBSB
Urbana, IL 61802

Credit Card

Or, if you prefer to make a credit card gift, visit our online giving web site by clicking the button below.

Equipment, Etc.

If you have an item that you would like to donate, please contact our Office of Advancement at (217) 333-2761 or email advancement@vetmed.illinois.edu.Guidelines for Acceptable Donations: The donor is responsible for determining and providing the value of their donation. All donated items should be titled and described as completely as possible. Needles should be removed from any donated item. Controlled substances cannot be accepted. Books/papers should be dry and free of mold. Many items are popular/widely used, please contact us before donating to see if we already have one in the Collection.