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[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. Taylor Willis, 2020 veterinary graduate]

Texan Finds Global Experiences at Illinois Veterinary College

May 13, 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...

[COVID-19 Updates]

College Services and Resources During COVID-19 Measures

May 12, 2020 / COVID-19

  This page provides handy links to information about the status of college services as well as information for animal owners, veterinarians, and the college community regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check back frequently as the situation is very fluid. Last updated May 13. College of Veterinary Medicine Services To our clients: We believe reduced...

[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...

[malayan tiger]

Illinois Veterinary Experts Help ID Coronavirus in Bronx Zoo Tiger

Apr 5, 2020 / COVID-19

Infection Presumed Passed to Tiger from Person Even when there is no global pandemic, veterinarians are on the front lines in protecting human health, especially when it comes to zoonotic diseases, that is, infections that can cross between people and animals. The expertise of faculty at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine positioned...

[Dr. Sara Connolly]

Sara Connolly Named Assistant Dean for Student Success

Mar 31, 2020 / General News

Making Connections for Student Success March 23 was the first day on the job for Dr. Sara Connolly in the newly created position of assistant dean for student success. Although she’s currently forced to work in isolation imposed by the “work from home” mandate, Dr. Connolly sees her new role as one that facilitates connections:...

[surgeons in OR with face masks]

COVID-19: Surgical Mask Shortages Impact Veterinarians

Mar 15, 2020 / COVID-19

FAQs for veterinary practitioners See also: FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies (link to Anesthesiology News) COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices (from University of Illinois)   My practice can no longer obtain surgical masks.  Are they necessary in the operating room (OR)? It is recommended that all personnel wear a surgical mask in the...

[Drs. Ashley Mitek and Jim Lowe]

Veterinary Infectious Disease Expert Weighs in on Coronavirus Threat

Mar 9, 2020 / COVID-19

Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to quickly mutate, infect widely and spread around the world. In a new podcast, a veterinarian and expert in zoonotic diseases offers insights into the special characteristics of the...

[scene from food animal disease outbreak training]

Grant to Help Illinois Prepare for Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak

Mar 6, 2020 / General News

$430K Grant Funds Four-Pronged Training As infectious disease threats arise on new fronts seemingly every day, experts at the University of Illinois are launching programs to train stakeholders in Illinois animal agriculture to respond quickly and efficiently in the event that a foreign animal disease (FAD) breaks in the state. Preparation and coordination are vital...