$2500 Prize for Best Team Proposal The first annual University of Illinois Veterinary Hackathon, coming on Wednesday, October 10, will bring together dozens of divergent viewpoints to “hack” the intransigent problem of cats going outside the box. “Veterinarians are brilliant people,” says Dr. Aaron Smiley, chief of staff at Devonshire Veterinary Clinic in Anderson, Ind....
As a member of a network that is over 5500 alumni strong, you and your fellow alumni play an important role in the success of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Our alumni are not just our past—your connection with the college is a vital part of its future success. So whether you have just graduated or are about to celebrate your 60 year reunion, we encourage you to stay connected and get involved with your alma mater and your fellow alumni.
Below are just a few of the ways you can get involved with the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Our alumni hire College of Veterinary Medicine students and fellow alumni for a variety of positions, including but not limited to internships, residencies, and full-time employment in practices. If you have hired a student or fellow college alum, thank you! If you are looking to fill a position, you may submit information to have the job opportunity posted to our website using this form. View the Alumni Job Board.
There are lots of alumni and special events each year, including alumni receptions, class reunions, Vet Med Open House, and more. Check the college calendar for details.
- College of Veterinary Medicine Awards and Scholarships Brunch
- Fall Conference for Veterinarians (most class reunions are held in conjunction with this event)
- University of Illinois Homecoming
- Vet Med Open House
- Alumni receptions at the following national meetings:
- Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting
- American College of Veterinary Pathologists Annual Meeting
- American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention
- VMX (formerly North American Veterinary Conference)
- Western Veterinary Conference
Every spring semester, over 300 applicants come to the College of Veterinary Medicine to interview for one of 120 spots in the DVM degree program. We have 21 teams of interviewers, and each team has a veterinarian on the team. If you are interested in serving on one of these interview teams, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
Thank you so much to our alumni who impact the College of Veterinary Medicine by making charitable donations! From the Veterinary Medicine Achievement Fund, which provides annual, unrestricted support to the college, to class endowed scholarships to estate gifts, there are many ways that you can make a gift to your alma mater. Visit our Giving section to learn more about the ways you can support the college.
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After practicing veterinary medicine in northern Illinois and serving in the Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Smith joined the college faculty. In 1974 he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and in 1978 he was appointed chief of small animal surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He gained tenure as a full...
Since graduating, Dr. Heather Venkat (DVM ’13, MPH ’14, DACVPM ’18) has been able to apply crucial skills in veterinary medicine, public health, and epidemiology towards disease surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response, data analysis, and education and outreach. She obtained her DVM from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and Master’s in Public...