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[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...

[Dr. Lehman, Dr. Billing, Dr. Johnson]

Veterinarians Recognized at Swine Practitioner Meeting

Mar 24, 2021 / Alumni News

Three swine veterinarians with Illinois connections received honors at this year’s American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) Annual Meeting. To read about 10 Illinois veterinary student who were recognized for their research contributions at the meeting, please see “Illinois Students Repeat Strong Showing at AASV.” Dr. James (Jamie) Lehman was awarded the AASV Technical Services/Allied...

Members of VOICE club

Scholarship Expands Access to Veterinary Profession

Feb 26, 2021 / Alumni News

Hadley Family gift advances diversity, equity, inclusion “We are grateful to the Hadley family for making this significant gift that will benefit all our students,” said Dr. Peter Constable, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “With the partnership of donors, we can recruit and support a more diverse student body, one that will enrich...

Dr. Robin Holland in the COVID lab

2020 Graduate Robin Holland Pivotal in Campus COVID Response

Feb 15, 2021 / Alumni News

Building a Shield Against COVID in 5 Months Editor’s Note: Dr. Robin Holland, who graduated in May 2020 with her veterinary degree and had previously completed a PhD degree as part of the Veterinary Medical Scholars Program, had a very important role in fighting COVID-19 at the University of Illinois. This is her 2020 story....

Dr. Agwuna and Dr. Small in 1967

Dr. Emmanuel Agwuna, First Black Veterinary Graduate

Feb 10, 2021 / Alumni News

Member of the Class of 1967 The first Black veterinary graduate of our college was Dr. Emmanuel N. Agwuna, from Inyi, Nigeria. Nearly all that we know about him today has been gleaned from the 1967 edition of The Illio, the campus yearbook. Dr. Agwuna was a member of the Omega Tau Sigma veterinary service...

Alumna Dr. Mary Scollay Receives AAEP Distinguished Service Award

Dec 23, 2020 / Alumni News

‘Welfare of the Horse … Above All Else’ The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) honored Mary Scollay, DVM, with the 2020 Distinguished Service Award during its 2020 Annual Convention & Trade Show, which was held virtually. A 1984 graduate of the college, Dr. Scollay is currently serving her fourth term on the AAEP’s Racing...

[David Kieltyka in Uganda gorilla sanctuary]

Alumnus Overcomes Obstacles to Lead Rewarding Career

Aug 12, 2020 / Alumni News

Endows Scholarship for Students Facing Discrimination Dr. David Kieltyka (say Kell-TIC-ka) has had the kind of life and career from which “triumph over all the odds” books and movies are made. Growing up poor on the South Side of Chicago, he realized a childhood dream through attending the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine...

[cat sleeps next to mailer]

Sassy Cats, We Can Hear You Now!

Jul 13, 2020 / Alumni News

Invention Makes Treating Cats Safer If you’ve never handled a cat in a veterinary setting, you may think you can predict their body movements but you would be wrong! They will surprise you. Dr. Kristen Knight, a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Oswego, Ill., and a 2014 graduate of the college, created the Sassy...

[Dr. Gavin Meerdink]

In Memoriam: Dr. Gavin Meerdink, Clinical Toxicology and Beef Expert

Jul 7, 2020 / Alumni News

Dr. Gavin Meerdink, who held many roles at our college, passed away on July 4. Joining our faculty in 1989, Dr. Meerdink headed the clinical toxicology service within the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, served the state’s agricultural industry as an Extension veterinarian focused on beef and feed safety, and oversaw the Veterinary Medical Research Farm. He...