Wild Night Out 2019

On January 25, the Wildlife Medical Clinic successfully hosted its largest fundraiser of the year, Wild Night Out (WNO), at Papa Del’s Pizza. This event is designed to be a fun and engaging night out for veterinary students and faculty. Activities included a silent auction, a live auction, raffle ticket sales, and a delicious pizza dinner (both deep dish and thin crust!) for everyone who attended. This event is special both as an opportunity to build camaraderie throughout the veterinary school and its ability to help to raise necessary funds to support our patients at the wildlife clinic.

Highlights from the night included Veterinary Clinical Medicine Department Head Dr. Dennis French’s incredible auctioneer skills and light-up shoes, a competitive but friendly bidding war between students to attend a bar crawl with the large animal/zoo medicine clinicians, and the birthday cake that was brought out for the Wildlife Medical Clinic’s very own Dr. Sarah Reich’s birthday, which happened to be that same night!

This event was a huge success for the Wildlife Medical Clinic with over two hundred people in attendance and thousands of dollars raised. All proceeds will go toward the care for our patients at the Wildlife Medical Clinic. We look forward to the opportunity to grow further student educational opportunities and maximize the chances of the successful release of our patients back to the wild in the months to come!

A huge shout out to the Wildlife Support Fund, Nina French, Gina Clapper, Dr. Dennis French, Dr. Julia Whittington, and Dr. Sarah Reich for everything they did to help organize this event and make it run as smoothly as it did! We look forward to hosting this event again next year and the support it provides for our patient in the clinic.


Ivana Levy

Fundraising Co-Chair

Wildlife Medical Clinic at Illinois

Team Leader Interview

One of the most amazing resources in the Wildlife Medical Clinic are the dedicated veterinary and undergraduate students that help keep the clinic running. Veterinary students that volunteer in the clinic do so while concurrently taking rigorous classes and participating in a variety of other clubs. From early morning treatment shifts to late night pager calls, our students do it all!

Team Leader Greta Doden scrubbed into a surgery.

During the academic year, our volunteers are divided into teams. As patients arrive at the clinic, they are each assigned to a team’s care. Each team is made up of roughly 10-15 veterinary students and 1-2 undergraduate students. These teams are then tasked with the treatment of their individual patients.

At the forefront of these teams are the wonderful team leaders! Wildlife Teams have 3 veterinary students that have chosen to take on extra responsibility in addition to their regular volunteer duties. Team leaders are responsible directing their team in the treatment of their patients, teaching new members how to properly care for our wildlife patients, and continuing their education by attending team leader training. At team leader training, these students work closely with the WMC’s doctors to learn new techniques and hone their clinical skills.

We talked to four WMC team leaders to hear their thoughts on what makes their experiences at team leaders so valuable.