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.
Any individual or organization interested in submitting a nomination is welcome to do so. The Selection Committee may select up to four recipients each year. Nominations will remain active for three years. Completed forms with supportive materials should be submitted to the Office of Advancement no later than May 1, 2020. Recipients will be notified shortly thereafter so travel arrangements and campus plans can be coordinated.
If you have any questions regarding the nomination form or the selection process, please contact the Office of Advancement at 217/333-2761 or email@example.com.
Eligibility and Criteria
Any graduate in possession of a DVM, PhD, or MS degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine at Urbana-Champaign is eligible for nomination. Graduates may be nominated for this award posthumously. The nominee’s contributions to the profession may have been made in any of the following areas:
- practice – clinical, diagnostic, public health, regulatory, military
- shelters or humane societies
- involvement in organized veterinary medicine
- human-animal bond
- mentoring of future veterinarians
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