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Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Jul 30, 2020 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Blue-Tongued Skink The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic—a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals—will feature a different patient each week on the Critter Cam. Caption and video don’t match? Well, situations can change pretty fast in the Wildlife Medical Clinic, so we can’t always keep our...

[cat sleeps next to mailer]

Sassy Cats, We Can Hear You Now!

Jul 13, 2020 / Alumni News

Invention Makes Treating Cats Safer If you’ve never handled a cat in a veterinary setting, you may think you can predict their body movements but you would be wrong! They will surprise you. Dr. Kristen Knight, a veterinarian at Banfield Pet Hospital in Oswego, Ill., and a 2014 graduate of the college, created the Sassy...

[Dr. Gavin Meerdink]

In Memoriam: Dr. Gavin Meerdink, Clinical Toxicology and Beef Expert

Jul 7, 2020 / Alumni News

Dr. Gavin Meerdink, who held many roles at our college, passed away on July 4. Joining our faculty in 1989, Dr. Meerdink headed the clinical toxicology service within the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, served the state’s agricultural industry as an Extension veterinarian focused on beef and feed safety, and oversaw the Veterinary Medical Research Farm. He...

[students giving high fives]

Mental Health Initiatives Assure Veterinarians: ‘You’re Not Alone’

Jun 15, 2020 / General News

Facebook Page Offers Hope “It’s really hard for vets to put ourselves first. Even for people who don’t experience mental illness.” This realization motivated Rosie M., currently a fourth-year student at the College of Veterinary Medicine, to create a private Facebook group to provide resources for veterinarians to fit self-care into their daily lives, to...

[Sarah Wright at three milestones in her veterinary education]

Aquatic-focused Student Finds Right Career Path at Illinois

Jun 10, 2020 / Alumni News

DVM Years Included Research, Travel In October 2016, Sarah Wright wrote a blog post* recalling her first impressions upon enrolling at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. “The first day of class left my head spinning with information and my nose burning from the anatomy lab,” she remembered. “How was I supposed to...

[Dr. Taylor Willis, 2020 veterinary graduate]

Texan Finds Global Experiences at Illinois Veterinary College

May 15, 2020 / Alumni News

Travel Abroad ‘Can Accelerate Your Education’ Taylor J. Willis insists she didn’t enroll at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine so she could see the world. It just turned out that way. Malaysia, Brazil, South Africa, Australia – through externships, spring break excursions, conferences and job shadow opportunities, Willis has circled the globe...

[Sarah Wright at an aquarium]

Block Z: My Journey’s Unexpected End

May 14, 2020 / Student Blogs

‘Thank you for the learning, friendship’ When we’re young we learn the alphabet. I remember dressing up as the letter “Z” for the alphabet parade in kindergarten, parading around my elementary school with zippers glued to my t-shirt. For senior veterinary students, the alphabet takes on a different meaning. There are 26 letters in the...

[Dr. Anita Kalonaros at the White Coat Ceremony]

New Yorker Goes the Distance to Achieve Her Goals

May 14, 2020 / Alumni News

‘Come on, let’s go’ Anita Kalonaros has been chasing her dream of becoming a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. “I think it’s something I’ve always said my entire life,” the Long Island, N.Y., native reflects. “I’m not sure there was ever a specific moment. We have papers from when I was in...

[Dr. Robin Downing and her dog Tommy]

Alumna Receives 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

May 7, 2020 / Alumni News

Dr. Downing with Tommy The American Veterinary Medical Association recently honored Dr. Robin Downing, Class of 1986, as the winner of the 2020 Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award. The award is one of veterinary medicine’s highest honors, recognizing the outstanding work of veterinarians in protecting and promoting the human-animal bond. Its namesake,...

[Terry and Judy Rathgeber in 2003]

In Memoriam: Terry Rathgeber, College Leader in Alumni and Development

Apr 23, 2020 / Alumni News

Terry Rathgeber, former associate dean for development and alumni affairs, passed away on Tuesday, April 21. Rathgeber grew the college’s advancement, alumni relations, and communications services over more than three decades. He seemed to know every veterinary student during his tenure, and maintained relationships with them as alumni and practitioners, often playing headhunter to match...