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[Dr. David Reed in his veterinary hospital]

‘Country Doctor’ Thinks Big in Business, Philanthropy

Jul 16, 2018 / Alumni News

‘Don’t Ever Try to Do Anything Small’ When he was a veterinary student at the University of Illinois, Dr. David Reed watched as the bank foreclosed on his family home: the 120-acre farm in Cerro Gordo, Ill., that his father, Paul, had worked since he returned from World War II. The venture taught Dr. Reed...

[Dr. Tony Kremer]

He’s Getting the Message Out: It’s Rewarding to Give Back

Jun 8, 2018 / Alumni News

1990 Grad Tony Kremer Supports Scholarships He owns nine veterinary hospitals around Chicago, including a gleaming new general practice center in the Old Town neighborhood that’s believed to be the largest in the city. He owns two more hospitals near Columbus, Ohio. He’s a regular guest on Windy City TV and radio, the preeminent expert...

Memorial Scholarship Honors Alumnus’ Devotion to Research, Illinois

May 5, 2018 / Giving Stories

The year is 1963. Dr. Roger Jaenke has just received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. At the same time, drumbeats of war are sounding in the distance from a faraway country called Vietnam. “Veterinarians were being drafted into the military,” recalls Lynn Jaenke, his wife of 52 years....

Paying Tribute to Parents, Passion for Pets

May 5, 2018 / Giving Stories

It’s fair to say Judy and Ed Polzin were not accustomed to cats. Judy admits. “When we got our first cat, I didn’t have the slightest idea what to do. “I called my husband at work and said, ‘There was this stray cat outside. I brought him in and put him on the porch. Is...

Practitioner Remembered as Partner, Leader, Caring Person

May 5, 2018 / Giving Stories

Rehn Scholarship Rewards Rural Practice Interest “I was blessed to have a wonderful husband,” Jean Rehn reminisces about her late spouse of nearly 50 years, Wayne. “And I’m very thankful to this university that he was able to get his degree and thus provide for his family. Veterinary medicine has been very good to us.”...

Dr. Stan Rubin and Connie Large

New Endoscopy System Benefits Patients and Future Practitioners

Feb 27, 2018 / General News

Kindness Sparks Donor Generosity The future is clearer and brighter for pets and students at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, thanks to generous donations made by client Connie Large out of gratitude for caring specialist Dr. Stanley Rubin. Three years ago, when Large’s long-haired dachshund, LD, wasn’t getting well under the care of his primary care...

shelter medicine mobile unit

Shelter Medicine Program to Expand with Grant from Vaughan Trust

Jan 31, 2018 / General News

A generous grant from the Sally Lorraine Sedlak Vaughan Irrevocable Charitable Trust, a charity based in Springfield, Ill., was recently awarded to the Shelter Medicine Program at Illinois, allowing for further outreach in underserved communities throughout central Illinois. The grant will total more than $500,000 over a three-year period. Headed by Dr. G. Robert Weedon,...

Fund Assists K9s That Serve and Protect

Dec 10, 2017 / General News

Doing All We Can for Working Dogs Dr. Maureen McMichael, who heads the small animal emergency and critical care service at the college, has played an integral role in recent activities. “I have a very special interest in working dogs,” she says. ‘These Dogs Deserve the Absolute Best Care’ Between 2012 and early 2017, about...

[Prof. Joseph Martocchio and his dog Mazzy]

Cabinet Role Draws on Passion for Dogs, Volunteer Experience

Oct 16, 2017 / Giving Stories

His story is ‘authentic and backed by experience’ When it comes to dogs, University of Illinois professor Dr. Joseph Martocchio is a breed apart. And his love of a particular breed—the massive, majestic Newfoundland—inspired his admiration for the College of Veterinary Medicine and his desire to sit on the board of the college’s ambitious capital...

[Betty and K.T. Wright pose with Suzanna Storms]

Loyalty, Legacy Inspire Campaign Leader K.T. Wright

Oct 13, 2017 / Alumni News

32 Wrights have an Illinois connection When it came time for Dr. K.T. Wright to select the school where he would earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, he had absolutely no doubt where he would enroll. “That was never an item for discussion,” he says today with a chuckle. That’s because Dr. Wright, who...