Wildlife University 2022

The Non-traditional Species Club (NTS) at the UIUC College of Vet Med is excited to offer its 3rd annual Wildlife University symposium this year. This virtual 2-day event will run from October 22nd-23rd and will cover many topics on the management of zoo and wildlife species. Also, an exciting in-person workshop is available to UIUC students and will involve clinical technique skills and a necropsy opportunity. Wildlife University serves as a collaboration between NTS and the Wildlife Medical Clinic, highlighting some of the resources, knowledge, and opportunities available through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. We will proudly showcase numerous speakers who have left their mark attending UIUC, many of whom are also Wildlife Medical Clinic alumni! Topics this year include: zoo ethics, big cat anesthesia, raptor ophthalmology, and even marine mammal medicine! 

Wildlife University is currently open for registration for students (pre-vet and vet) and veterinary professionals. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians who attend can earn up to 10 hours of continuing education (CE) hours for attending this event. Early-bird pricing is available through October 1. This event is restricted to students and professionals actively in the veterinary field.   

In addition to covering medical management topics, day 1 will end with a trivia night! What’s better than testing your random fun fact knowledge for bragging rights and possible prizes? Day 2 will wrap up with a career panel and the opportunity to learn more about career paths in zoo med, wildlife rehab, research/conservation, pathology, and aquatics. There is something for everyone interested in working with wild species at Wildlife University, and it is sure to be another amazing event.  

Any questions can be directed to Fayth Kim (fykim3@illinois.edu). 

Wildlife University poster created by Raegan Hetrick (2025)