Giving Stories

The extended family of Dr. John Coyne at the dedication of the Small Animal Clinic Lobby in 2022.

Nearly fifty years after earning his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois, Dr. John Coyne still sees animal patients almost every day. “And I still love what I do,” he says. “Because it’s not…
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Dave and Laurie Sharar with their rescue cats

A Desire to Help Helpless Beings

June 29, 2023 / Giving Stories

Laurie Wiechert-Sharar has always felt a special bond with animals. She not only values their important role in the ecosystem, but also marvels at their beauty and majesty. That’s why she’s so appreciative of the…
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Khan, a Belgian Malinois, sitting in the grass

The Amazing Khan: His Legacy Fights On

April 25, 2023 / Giving Stories

A Dog That Loved Life The dog that made such a big impact on Jack and Sue came into their lives on August 13, 2016. A foster dog from the American Belgian Malinois Rescue, he…
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Brix poses on a bed after her sight was restored

Grateful for Restored Sight

March 28, 2023 / Giving Stories

Recently, our hospital’s ophthalmology service received a donation from the grateful family of Brix, a patient that received cataract surgery. Below are comments made by Brix’s family and by Dr. Todd Marlo, the boarded veterinary…
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Shanelle and Louie, the Khans' dogs

Khan Family Gift Elevates Cancer Care for Pets

September 08, 2022 / General News

Business leader Shahid Khan, his wife Ann Margaret Khan, and their children Tony and Shanna Khan – all graduates of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – have made a gift of $15 million that will…
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Dr. Clyde and Mrs. Catherine Dunphy]

Dunphys’ Estate Gift: ‘Giving for the Future’

June 14, 2022 / Alumni News

Animals cannot tell their doctors where it hurts or whether they’re taking their medicines. That makes effective communication between animal owners and veterinarians so crucial. Recognizing the importance of effective communication skills, Dr. Clyde Dunphy…
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[David Kieltyka in Uganda gorilla sanctuary]

Alumnus Overcomes Obstacles to Lead Rewarding Career

August 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…
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[hot air balloons]

Alumni Speakers Urge Students to Explore Career Options

June 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…
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