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Welcome, Alumni!

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.

Get Involved

Below are just a few of the ways you can get involved with the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Hire Students

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 your job information to our website using this form. View the Alumni Job Board.

Attend Events

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

Interview Applicants

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.

Stay Connected

Be sure we have your current contact information so that you receive our monthly e-newsletters and other important news. Please subscribe to our news feeds and follow us on social media to keep abreast of the activities of the students and faculty at your College of Veterinary Medicine.


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[Dr. Lloyd Helper at the center of his family]

In Memoriam: Dr. Lloyd C. Helper, Founding Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Jul 20, 2021 / Alumni News

Above, Dr. Lloyd Helper with his wife, children, and sons-in-law in 2014 when he received the college’s Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award. College Leader, Champion of Students Lloyd Helper, DVM, MS, DACVO The family has requested that those wishing to recognize Dr. Helper consider a donation in his memory to the Dr. and Mrs....

[cow with calf]

EVP Beef Is Back: For Cow-Calf Practitioners Ready to Grow

Jul 15, 2021 / Alumni News

EVP Beef Starts in November 2021 A career-changing certificate program for beef cattle veterinarians is ready to launch. The question for practitioners is: Are you ready to relaunch your career? Last spring the global pandemic put a hold on the second offering of the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) in Beef Cattle Health Management, delivered by...

[Mary Scollay-Ward at DVM graduation and today]

Scollay-Ward Recounts Rewarding Career Caring for Racehorses

Mar 29, 2021 / Alumni News

Alumna Recognized for Distinguished Service to AAEP People often say life comes full circle. The career of Dr. Mary Scollay-Ward, a 1984 graduate of the college, certainly exemplifies this truism. Dr. Scollay-Ward has loved horses for as long as she can remember. Her love began with her first riding lessons in second grade and grew...

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