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.  Read more about the awards below, and be sure to submit your nominations before the deadline of May 1, 2020. Contact us if you have any questions.

 
  • 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.

    Make a Nomination by May 1, 2020

    See list of previous recipients

     

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    Dr. Michael Kinsel receives the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award from Dean Peter Constable, alumni association leader Dr. Valerie Eisenbart, and award nominator Dr. Karen Terio.

     

  • 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.  

    Make a Nomination by May 1, 2020

    See list of previous recipients

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    Celeste Kappes receives the Special Service Award from Dean Peter Constable, award nominator Dr. Santiago Gutierrez, and alumni association leader Dr. Valerie Eisenbart.

  • 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. 

    Make a Nomination by May 1, 2020

    See list of previous recipients

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    Dr. Daniel Skirvin receives the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Dean Peter Constable, alumni association leader Dr. Valerie Eisenbart, and award nominator Dr. Julia Whittington.