[Judy and Ed Polzin in Molly's Place]

Donors Create ‘Molly’s Place’ to Bring Peace

Apr 8, 2017 / Giving Stories

Photo captions: The plaque hanging outside Molly’s Place; the dedication celebration attended by college and hospital leadership; Christine Dietrich, who helped the Polzins make Molly’s Place a reality; Heather Clay and Dr. Julia Whittington talk with the Polzins in Molly’s Place; Ginger Passalacqua, referral coordinator at the hospital, painted a portrait of Molly. Molly Polzin...

Bear’s Story Inspires Young Philanthropist

Jul 28, 2016 / General News

10-Year-Old to Use Photography Skills to Help More Animals Bear’s sad story was all over the newspapers. On April 22, the chocolate Labrador mix was brought to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital showing many signs of abuse, including a lower jaw shattered by a gunshot. The public reacted to the news articles by...

Rose Ann Meccoli poses with veterinary students at a medieval fair with the resident birds of prey

Learning from the Birds

May 1, 2016 / Giving Stories

Stephanie Dantino, Class of 2017, was the first recipient of the Rose Ann Meccoli Memorial Scholarship. A student volunteer who cares for the Wildlife Medical Clinic’s resident birds of prey and takes them to community outreach events, Dantino has done a lot of teaching. And yet, she is quick to credit the birds themselves as...

Dr. Bill Augustine

Welcome to the Illinois Family

May 1, 2016 / Giving Stories

“Compassion and caring for animals form the common bond connecting all veterinarians,” said Dr. Bill Augustine, president of the Illinois Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association. Whether they work in production medicine, public health, conservation, research, or any of dozens of other fields, veterinarians share this commitment. All Illinois veterinary graduates are also connected by automatic membership...

Dr. Casey Cadile poses in front of a mountain while on an adventure with her dog Summer.

Scholarship Links Commitment, Caring, and Cancer

May 1, 2016 / Giving Stories

Fifteen years separate the graduation of Mark Byrum, Class of 2016, and Dr. Casey Cadile, Class of 2001, but the two share connections on several levels. Byrum, who is the first recipient of the Dr. Casey Cadile Memorial Scholarship, actively pursued his love of animals and veterinary medicine long before he reached college. Dr. Cadile...