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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[photo illustration of Dr. Michael McElvaine]

McElvaine Scholarship Supports LGBTQ Students

June 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…
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[sophie looking beautiful in long green grass]

Sophie: The Story of An Exceptional Life

February 11, 2020 / Giving Stories

Gift to Hospital Honors Dog Animal owners are often moved to make a generous gift in gratitude for the lifesaving care delivered at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The gift Karen Gupta…
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[staff of Davis Pet

Veterinary Duo Invests in Future Colleagues

May 03, 2019 / Alumni News

Scholarship Supports Area Students Dr. Paul Davis and Dr. Karin Crocker are both proud graduates of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine … 17 years apart. Yet they met, fell in love, and…
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Paying Tribute to Parents, Passion for Pets

May 05, 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…
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