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[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...

[malayan tiger]

Illinois Veterinary Experts Help ID Coronavirus in Bronx Zoo Tiger

Apr 5, 2020 / COVID-19

Infection Presumed Passed to Tiger from Person Even when there is no global pandemic, veterinarians are on the front lines in protecting human health, especially when it comes to zoonotic diseases, that is, infections that can cross between people and animals. The expertise of faculty at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine positioned...

[Dr. Sara Connolly]

Sara Connolly Named Assistant Dean for Student Success

Mar 31, 2020 / General News

Making Connections for Student Success March 23 was the first day on the job for Dr. Sara Connolly in the newly created position of assistant dean for student success. Although she’s currently forced to work in isolation imposed by the “work from home” mandate, Dr. Connolly sees her new role as one that facilitates connections:...

Coronavirus Threatens Ag Community, Not Livestock Health

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

Brownfield Ag News (March 26) – Dr. Jim Lowe, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois, says while the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t pose a threat to animal health, it does create concerns for agriculture. “We’re not worried about a direct impact of infecting the critters we work with and live with...

Diagnostic Lab Helps Speed Local Coronavirus Tests

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

News-Gazette (March 28) – The Carle health system started Friday to process those tests locally, cutting the wait time for results from as long as 10 days to about 24 hours. … That’s with some help from the University of Illinois, which has lent Carle some lab equipment. Some volunteers from the UI veterinary diagnostic...