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Dr. Katharyn Kryda

Alumna Puts DVM, MPH to Work Addressing COVID Outbreak

Jul 6, 2020 / Alumni News

Dr. Katharyn Kryda, a 2011 DVM graduate who completed her master’s in public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was recently featured by the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH) among several MPH graduates currently working as ASPPH Fellows. She is assigned to the U.S. Department of Transportation in the...

[hot air balloons]

Alumni Speakers Urge Students to Explore Career Options

Jun 18, 2020 / Alumni News

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Awards and Scholarships Celebration was held via Zoom this year. Nevertheless, alumni and student speakers shared their messages with the award winners and generous donors. Here are remarks from two of the speakers, Dr. Ron Gill, owner of Gill Veterinary Clinic in West Salem, Ill., and Dr. Valerie...

[photo illustration of Dr. Michael McElvaine]

McElvaine Scholarship Supports LGBTQ Students

Jun 17, 2020 / Alumni News

Created in Memory of Pioneer Advocate By all accounts, Dr. Michael McElvaine, a 1976 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, made a significant impact on the world. His illustrious professional career was coupled with his far-reaching influence as a mentor, leader, and activist on behalf of diversity in sexuality and gender identity. At his...

[Sarah Wright at three milestones in her veterinary education]

Aquatic-focused Student Finds Right Career Path at Illinois

Jun 10, 2020 / Alumni News

DVM Years Included Research, Travel In October 2016, Sarah Wright wrote a blog post* recalling her first impressions upon enrolling at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. “The first day of class left my head spinning with information and my nose burning from the anatomy lab,” she remembered. “How was I supposed to...

[Dr. Taylor Willis, 2020 veterinary graduate]

Texan Finds Global Experiences at Illinois Veterinary College

May 15, 2020 / Alumni News

Travel Abroad ‘Can Accelerate Your Education’ Taylor J. Willis insists she didn’t enroll at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine so she could see the world. It just turned out that way. Malaysia, Brazil, South Africa, Australia – through externships, spring break excursions, conferences and job shadow opportunities, Willis has circled the globe...

[Dr. Anita Kalonaros at the White Coat Ceremony]

New Yorker Goes the Distance to Achieve Her Goals

May 14, 2020 / Alumni News

‘Come on, let’s go’ Anita Kalonaros has been chasing her dream of becoming a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. “I think it’s something I’ve always said my entire life,” the Long Island, N.Y., native reflects. “I’m not sure there was ever a specific moment. We have papers from when I was in...

[Dr. Robin Downing and her dog Tommy]

Alumna Receives 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

May 7, 2020 / Alumni News

Dr. Downing with Tommy The American Veterinary Medical Association recently honored Dr. Robin Downing, Class of 1986, as the winner of the 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. The award is one of veterinary medicine’s highest honors, recognizing the outstanding work of veterinarians in protecting and promoting the human-animal bond. Its namesake,...

[Terry and Judy Rathgeber in 2003]

In Memoriam: Terry Rathgeber, College Leader in Alumni and Development

Apr 23, 2020 / Alumni News

Terry Rathgeber, former associate dean for development and alumni affairs, passed away on Tuesday, April 21. Rathgeber grew the college’s advancement, alumni relations, and communications services over more than three decades. He seemed to know every veterinary student during his tenure, and maintained relationships with them as alumni and practitioners, often playing headhunter to match...

[Dr. Peter Sakas]

In Memoriam: Dr. Peter Sakas

Apr 1, 2020 / Alumni News

‘Pete was a giant!’ Faculty and alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Peter Sakas, a 1983 veterinary graduate and owner of Niles Animal Hospital, on March 31 of a COVID-19-related illness. We join with so many in the veterinary and animal-loving community to remember...

[cow with calf]

2nd EVP Opens Enrollment for Cow-Calf Practitioners

Jan 24, 2020 / Alumni News

EVP Beef Starts in July 2020 The University of Illinois, in collaboration with Iowa State University, is accepting registrations for the Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) in Beef Cattle Health Management. The early registration deadline is April 5 for the course that starts in July 2020 and concludes in September 2021. For nearly 30 years, EVP...