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The Wildlife Epidemiology Lab within the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois offers formal and informal training opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary students.

Student Blogs

Box Turtle Team

Maris: I’m a DVM/PhD student going into my third year at the University of Illinois. This is my second summer as Turtle Team Leader, and I am excited for another summer of WEL!!

Lily: I am a rising second-year DVM student at the University of Illinois. As the new addition to the team, I can’t wait to experience a WEL turtle summer for the first time.

Chicagoland Aquatic Turtles

Sam’s a first-year student who is interested in disease research and surveillance, wildlife medicine, and community medicine. She will be looking at species health and pathogen load across turtle species in Chicago this summer.

Cook County Wildlife Team

Kami is a rising third-year Veterinary student surveying diseases and researching health parameters in Musk turtles and Spiny Softshell turtles in Cook County, IL

Kate is a rising second-year veterinary student researching disease prevalence in snakes native to Illinois.

Kane County Blanding’s Team

Nick is a second year student hoping to specialize in zoological and conservation medicine.
Surina is a first year student hoping to specialize in zoological and aquatic medicine.

Lake County Blanding’s Team

My name is Varun and I just finished my second year at UIUC Vet Med. I am interested in wildlife and aquatic medicine, and will be looking at disease prevalence in amphibians this summer!

My name is Marg and I just wrapped up first year at UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine. I am interested in wildlife, specifically reptile and bird species, and am excited to be doing disease surveillance with turtles this summer!