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[Erin Lowe, Erin Kettelkamp, Brandi Burton, and Abby Vennekotter]

Illinois Alumni, Students Stand Out at Swine Vet Conference

Mar 15, 2019 / Alumni News

Eight Illinois veterinary students and two alumni were recognized at the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in Orlando, Fla., this month. Pictured above (from left) are Dr. Erin Lowe and veterinary students Erin Kettelkamp, Brandi Burton, and Abby Vennekotter. Swine Practitioner of the Year Dr. William Hollis, of Bushnell,...

Compassion Crafts Alumna’s In-Home Hospice Career

Feb 28, 2019 / Alumni News

Dr. Heidi Pulito (DVM ’11) has spent more than six years working in small animal clinics, written a book to help struggling veterinarians, shared tools and techniques at veterinary conferences, and started her own company. Her unique role in this profession shows veterinarians the wide range of opportunities a degree in veterinary medicine opens. Trial...

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Veterinarians Collaborate on Website for K9 Handlers

Dec 5, 2018 / Alumni News

Alumnus Contributes Dental Health Information The opioid epidemic isn’t only impacting humans but is now killing working dogs, vulnerable to ultra-potent opioids entering the illegal drug trade. Drs. Maureen McMichael, professor of veterinary clinical medicine, and Stephen Juriga (IL DVM ’87), veterinary dentist, are working together to make resources available to protect working dogs from...

Illinois Alumnus Hired as Emergency Management Coordinator

Nov 5, 2018 / Alumni News

Iowa Ag Connection (Nov. 2) – Congratulations to Illinois alumnus, Dr. Andrew Hennenfent (DVM ’12). He has been hired as the new Emergency Management Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. According to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, “Dr. Hennenfent has broad experience as a public health veterinarian that will be...

[Dr. William B. Buck]

In Memoriam: Dr. William Buck, Veterinary Toxicology Pioneer

Oct 23, 2018 / Alumni News

Dr. William Buck, 85, who served on the Illinois veterinary faculty from 1977 to 1997, died on October 18. He was one of the pioneers in the field of veterinary toxicology, and he leaves a legacy as an educator, researcher, and program builder. Among the many impactful facets of Dr. Buck’s career was the founding...

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Remembering Dr. Marilyn O’Hara

Oct 3, 2018 / Alumni News

Dr. Marilyn O’Hara, a member of the college faculty since 2001, was killed in a collision on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the age of 58. The clinical associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology is remembered for her dedication to the research process and for her kindness. As founder and director of the Geographic Information...

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Four Honored by College, Alumni Association

Sep 29, 2018 / Alumni News

Awards Presented During Homecoming Week The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and its alumni association announced the winners of the 2018 awards, which will be presented in a private ceremony on October 11. Dr. Anne Barger, a 1996 alumna of the college, is the recipient of the Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award....

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Hackathon: Thinking Outside the Box about Feline House Soiling

Sep 16, 2018 / Alumni News

$2500 Prize for Best Team Proposal The first annual University of Illinois Veterinary Hackathon, coming on Wednesday, October 10, will bring together dozens of divergent viewpoints to “hack” the intransigent problem of cats going outside the box. “Veterinarians are brilliant people,” says Dr. Aaron Smiley, chief of staff at Devonshire Veterinary Clinic in Anderson, Ind....

[Dr. C.W. Smith, right, with student Bridgit Hollis]

Remembering Dr. Charles W. Smith, Orthopedic Surgeon

Sep 4, 2018 / Alumni News

After practicing veterinary medicine in northern Illinois and serving in the Army Veterinary Corps, Dr. Smith joined the college faculty. In 1974 he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and in 1978 he was appointed chief of small animal surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He gained tenure as a full...

Alumna Uses One Health Concept to Investigate Diseases

Aug 17, 2018 / Alumni News

Since graduating, Dr. Heather Venkat (DVM ’13, MPH ’14, DACVPM ’18) has been able to apply crucial skills in veterinary medicine, public health, and epidemiology towards disease surveillance, outbreak preparedness and response, data analysis, and education and outreach. She obtained her DVM from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 and Master’s in Public...