Sarah Wright at Shedd Aquarium

Aquatics Club Gets Shedd Aquarium Tour with Illinois Alum

Feb 27, 2018 / Student Blogs

Last weekend, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Aquatics Club visited the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The “Shedd Trip,” as it’s commonly known, is the coveted reward for the Aquatics Club members who help with the husbandry of the freshwater and saltwater tanks at the college. We arrived early on Sunday...

river otter

Hands-On Rotation Helps Classroom Material Stick

Feb 7, 2018 / Student Blogs

As a second-year veterinary student, it is a nice change to be back on rotations. After many quarters spent in the classroom, the learning style in the clinics helps to break up the material. This week, I was on wildlife and exotic animal medicine and surgery (WEAMS) rotation. I really enjoyed this rotation because I...

horse in winter

Four Ways to Decrease Your Horse’s Risk of Impaction Colic

Feb 7, 2018 / Student Blogs

The winter season can be a magical time, but that may not hold true in the life of a horse. As the season transitions into winter, horses may be at an increased risk of developing impaction colic. This article will take you through why impaction colic occurs, and ways to decrease your horse’s risk in...

horse in 3T MRI

Taking a Look Inside: Different Diagnostic Imaging Modalities Available for Horses

Nov 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

The first radiograph (x-ray) was performed in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, the German scientist who discovered x-rays. Within months of Roentgen’s discovery, surgeons started to use the new technology to aid their diagnoses and treatments, including locating bullets in wounded soldiers. Over the past century, our ability to produce high-quality radiographs has improved tremendously....

AAZV Conference

Student Dissects and Connects at Zoo Vet Conference

Oct 10, 2017 / Student Blogs

After midterms last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Dallas, Texas, to attend the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) conference. The conference was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Frisco, Texas. The conference was also held concurrently with the American Association of Fish Veterinarians (AAFV), the Association of...

Dr. Johnson and horse

Equine Health: Let’s Talk about Worms

Oct 4, 2017 / Student Blogs

You may ask yourself, “How do I keep my horse from being negatively impacted by worms?” Recent research and new strategies have determined that the timing of treatment with an effective anthelmintic (dewormer) is the most effective way to keep your horse from the ill effects of worms. The traditional practice of frequent anthelmintic treatments...

horse exam

Who Are All of These People Working on My Horse?

Sep 5, 2017 / Student Blogs

As a second-year veterinary student walking through the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Illinois, I often will see a horse being examined, and what seems to be dozens of people all watching intently. I used to wonder exactly who are all these people, and what role do they all play? As I’ve spent...

Student take a photo in front of a waterfall in Brazil.

Immersive Education in Brazil

Sep 5, 2017 / Student Blogs

From the moment I set foot in Brazil, I knew I was in for an adventure. Just the flight into the country proved how beautiful the locations would be. We even had our hosts waiting for us with University of Illinois signs in the airport! My Brazilian adventure was slightly different from that of the...

African elephant

The African Adventure Every Veterinary Student Hopes For

Sep 5, 2017 / Student Blogs

Visiting Africa to work with wildlife has been a lifelong dream, and certainly one that I never thought I would accomplish. This summer, I was finally able to realize that dream by spending three weeks in Hoedspruit, South Africa, with the Selati Wildlife Experience program, and it surpassed all of my expectations. I began my...

Student Reports on Two-Week Program in South Africa

Aug 19, 2017 / Student Blogs

Program geared toward pre-veterinary students As my first international experience, this program really offers its members an inexpensive way to see South Africa. The house was a 10-minute walk from the beach, and the program offers transportation to all weekend activities hosted by the local businesses and game reserves (Inkwenkwezi and Areena), as well as...