Every year, VMAA recognizes alumni and colleagues who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the veterinary profession and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Veterinary Medical Alumni Association has the honor of presenting the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award, the Special Service Award, and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the annual Fall Conference for Veterinarians. The 2018 alumni awards will be presented on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Read more about the awards below, and be sure to submit your nominations before the deadline of June 30, 2018. Contact us if you have any questions.
Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award
The Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize distinguished Illinois graduates (DVM, PhD, and MS degree holders) who have excelled in their respective fields and have made significant contributions to the profession and/or college, regardless of where they reside. This honor is named after the late Dr. Erwin Small (IL ’57), professor emeritus and former associate dean of alumni and public affairs at the College. It is a fitting tribute to a man who dedicated his life to the advancement of veterinary medicine, specifically to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.See list of previous recipients
Special Service Award
The Special Service Award recognizes an outstanding individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the advancement of the veterinary profession and/or the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. This individual or organization can be a non-veterinarian or a veterinarian who holds a degree from an institution other than the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.See list of previous recipients.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes early-career Illinois graduates (DVM, PhD, and MS degree holders) who have excelled early in their respective fields and who embody the Illini spirit of “labor and learning,” through creativity and entrepreneurship in the field of veterinary medicine, regardless of where they reside. It was first awarded in 2016 to Dr. Samantha Shield. In 2017, the recipient was Dr. Amanda Guthrie. In 2018, two recipients were chosen: Dr. Caitlin DeWilde and Dr. Aaron Lower.