Continuing Education

Wildlife University

Office of Public Engagement

3505 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, MC-002
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
P: (217) 333-2907
F: (217) 333-4628

Lawrence D. Firkins, DVM, MS, MBA Associate Dean for Public Engagement

December 5-6, 2020 – Virtual Event


Wildlife University is a comprehensive short-course for veterinary students and professionals on the medical management of North American wildlife species. The curriculum is a two-day program. Topics covered include physical examinations, bandaging techniques, anesthesia & analgesia, and career opportunities. An electronic course manual will be provided.



  • Continuing Education

    Veterinarians who attend will be able to earn up to 13.5 hours of CE for this event. If interested in receiving CE, please email your request to


    The early registration deadline is Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Registrations after this date will be charged the full registration fee. Registration will close on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm (central time). Early registration is recommended.

    Registration Rates

    Early Registration Rate
    On or before November 25
    Late Registration Rate
    November 26-December 4 (3:00 pm central time)
    University of Illinois Veterinary Student $35 $45
    Non-Illinois Veterinary Student $45 $55
    Professional $50 $60

    Cancellation Policy

    Written cancellation should be sent to by November 25. Registrations are transferable. After the cancellation deadline, refunds will not be made. We reserve the right to cancel sessions and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of cancellation, all registrants will receive a full refund. The University is not responsible for expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.

  • *Please note all times are listed in central time.

    Saturday, December 5

    9:30 am – 10:00 am Welcome Lecture
    10:00 am – 11:00 am Legality of Handling and Treating Wildlife Patients in Private Practice
    Dr. Julia Whittington, DVM
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm Species ID, Safety, and Handling of Common Wildlife Patients
    Dr. Sarah Reich, DVM
    12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch
    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Fluid Therapy for a Wildlife Patient
    Dr. Sam Sander, DVM, DACZM
    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Wildlife Anesthesia and Analgesia
    Dr. Danielle Strahl-Heldreth, DVM, MS
    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Avian + Chelonian Common Diagnostics
    Dr. Matthew Allender, DVM, PhD, MS, DACZM
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Breakout Group: “Pager”/Triage Cases Simulation and Discussions
    Dr. Sam Sander, DVM, DACZM

    Sunday, December 6

    9:00 am – 10:00 am Clinical Pathology in Wildlife Patients
    Dr. Amy Schnelle, DVM, MS, DACVP
    10:00 am – 11:00 am Head Trauma Treatments and Cases
    Dr. Devon Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm Common Diseases seen in Herps + Avians
    Dr. Laura Adamovicz, DVM, PhD
    Dr. Kenneth Welle, DVM, ABVP (Avian)
    12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch
    12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Q & A Student Career Opportunities
    Dr. Sam Sander, DVM, DACZM
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm The Role of Pathology in Multidisciplinary Marine Mammal Health Research: From the Gulf of Mexico to Hawaii
    Dr. Katie Colegrove, DVM, PhD, DACVP
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Most Common Medical Problems in Pediatric Rabbits and Squirrels
    Dr. Renée Schott, DVM, CWR
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Public Health & Conservation Genetics
    Dr. Will Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Keynote: Anesthesia or Welfare in a Wildlife Patient
    Dr. Sathya K. Chinnadurai, DVM, MS, DACZM, DACVAA, DACAW
  • Laura Adamovicz, DVM, PhD

    Laura Adamovicz

    Dr. Adamovicz developed a passion for wildlife conservation while working as a zookeeper prior to attending veterinary school. She received her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following this, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, a second internship in exotic animal medicine and surgery at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and worked in emergency medicine. In order to develop the skills to save species, she earned a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Illinois in 2018. Her research focuses on modeling health in wild herptiles and developing conservation strategies that support wellness, in addition to combatting specific threats. She is currently a research scientist with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Illinois, and splits her time between developing diagnostic tests for infectious diseases in wildlife, conducting research, and mentoring veterinary students.

    Matthew Allender, DVM, PhD, MS, DACZM

    Matthew Allender






    Sathya K. Chinnadurai, DVM, MS, DACZM, DACVAA, DACAW

    Sathya K. Chinnadurai

    Dr. Sathya Chinnadurai is a native of St. Louis and completed his DVM, internship and a Master’s in Wildlife Biology at the University of Missouri.  He then moved to North Carolina State University for residencies in zoological medicine and anesthesia, leading to board certification in the American Colleges of Zoological Medicine, Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, and, recently, Animal Welfare.  His interests include clinical teaching, anesthesia and analgesia of all species.  He is currently the Director of Animal Health at the Saint Louis Zoo.

    Katie Colegrove, DVM, PhD, DACVP

    Katie Colegrove

    Dr. Colegrove obtained her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at UC Davis. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2005 and received her PhD in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis in 2008. Dr. Colegrove is currently a Clinical Professor at the Zoological Pathology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois where she has worked for the past 12 years. She is a consulting pathologist for a number of marine mammal facilities, stranding organizations, and federal agencies including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, and The National Marine Mammal Foundation. She has served on multiple Investigative Teams for marine mammal unusual mortality events in the US and is a federally appointed Member of NOAA’s Working Group for Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events. She is Past-President of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM). Dr. Colegrove has published over 50 peer reviewed manuscripts relating to marine mammal diseases and her current research focuses on the effects of oil on cetaceans, cetacean brucellosis and protozoal disease in pinnipeds.

    Devon Hague, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

    Devon Hague

    After receiving her veterinary degree from Ohio State, Dr. Hague completed a rotating internship, specialty internship and neurology residency in private practice prior to coming back to academia at the University of Illinois. Dr. Hague enjoys working with students, pet owners and veterinarians in all facets of clinical neurology practice. She appreciates working in a teaching hospital environment which affords the opportunity to consult with other services on a variety of species with neurologic disease and challenging cases on a daily basis.  Dr. Hague also enjoys being actively involved in organized veterinary medicine.

    Sarah Reich, DVM

    Sarah Reich

    Sarah Reich is a New England immigrant to the Midwest. Born and raised in MA, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and veterinary degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After veterinary school, she completed a small and exotic animal emergency internship in Milwaukee and a wildlife medicine and conservation internship at Tufts University Wildlife Medical Clinic. She returned to her alma mater to act as the medical director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois for two years before moving to northern IL to become the staff veterinarian and manager at Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Dr. Reich has a special interest in wound care, avian orthopedics, and triage management as well as furthering the education of veterinary professionals, wildlife rehabilitators, and the public. She spends her time outside of work with her own menagerie of critters – 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 conure, 1 bearded dragon, and a small (for now) Sulcata tortoise.

    Sam Sander, DVM, DACZM

    Sam Sander

    Sam Sander is a 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her residency at Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in 2015 and became a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine the following year. She currently works at the University of Illinois as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Zoological Medicine and Director for the Wildlife Medical Clinic. In addition, Dr. Sander serves as Vice-Chair for the AAZV Scientific Program Committee, Chair of the AAZV Student Programs & Services Committee, and a veterinary advisor for the African Penguin SSP and Penguin TAG.


    Will Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

    Will Sander

    Dr. Sander is assistant professor for preventive medicine and public health and director of the DVM/MPH joint degree program at University of Illinois – College of Veterinary Medicine. Part of his appointment is supporting the Wildlife Medical Clinic one day a week. Prior to Illinois, he spent 6 years in Washington D.C. During that time, he spent 2 years at the U.S. EPA Office of Water as an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow and 3 years supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program with Booz Allen Hamilton. Additionally, he was a staff veterinarian for 5 years at City Wildlife, Washington D.C.’s only wildlife rehabilitation center. Dr. Sander received his B.A. from Colby College, his DVM from University of Wisconsin, and his MPH from Yale University. He’s a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and chairs their Membership and Outreach Committee. Additionally, he is on AVMA’s Council on Public Health. He’s previously spent time and/or worked at wildlife rehabilitation centers in Boston, North Carolina, Madison, and Seattle.

    Amy Schnelle, DVM, MS, DACVP

    Amy Schnelle

    Amy Schnelle is a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Following a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship and a clinical pathology residency, she became a board-certified clinical pathologist through the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2012. Dr. Schnelle spent several years in commercial diagnostic medicine before returning to U of I in 2017 as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Clinical Pathology. Her research interests primarily encompass topics that raise practical challenges for practitioners. A major area of interest is expansion of the scope and quality of clinical pathology of exotic species, particularly herptile species, with goals of improving care for companion animals and contributing to effective conservation of wild and zoo species.

    Renée Schott, DVM, CWR

    Renee Schott

    Renée Schott, DVM, CWR is currently the Medical Director and Senior Veterinarian at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC). She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for 16 years and has worked at wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country. Additionally, Renée is involved in teaching courses at the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine, is a Course Instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, and is a former board member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association’s Board of Directors.

    Danielle Strahl-Heldreth, DVM, MS

    Danielle Strahl-Heldreth

    Dr. Danielle Strahl-Heldreth is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a 2014 graduate of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, after which she went on to complete a specialty internship in Anesthesia at Illinois and a small animal rotating internship in a private practice in Indianapolis. Dr. Strahl-Heldreth, completed a Residency in Anesthesia and Pain Management at the University of Illinois in 2019 along with a master’s degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences, with a focus in Clinical Anesthesia. She is an active outdoorswoman and conservationist who has a particular interest in remote immobilization strategies for free-ranging and semi-free-ranging species. She hopes to continue to contribute to the development and implementation of safe and effective anesthetic and analgesic protocols for all species both wild and domestic.

    Kenneth Welle, DVM, ABVP (Avian)

    Kenneth Welle





    Julia Whittington, DVM

    Julia Whittington

    Julia K. Whittington received her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution in 1993 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 from the University of Illinois.  She is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Whittington served as the Director of the Wildlife Medical Clinic before assuming the role of Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 2018. Her interests include captive care of free-living wildlife and improving the health of all species.

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