2016-2017 Events


Pizza Party
TBD date and time – stay tuned!

We will be stuffing goodie bags (generously donated by Nestle Purina) for junior surgery adopters, to give out with any pets adopted during the 2017-2018 school year. Pizza will be provided for those who volunteer!

Shelter Med Documentary Screening “A Southern Fix”
TBD date and time – stay tuned!
Join us for a screening of the new documentary “A Southern Fix,” an unflinching documentary to find solutions to pet overpopulation and the subsequent killing of shelter animals. Snacks provided. All are welcome! View the trailer here: 



Shelter Rabbits Spay & Neuter Lecture
May 5, 2017 | 12:00 – 12:50 PM | LAC 100

Dr. Wilson-Cohen, UIUC’s shelter medicine intern veterinarian, will be giving a presentation about spaying and neutering rabbits in a shelter environment (high-quality, high volume), including highlights of rabbit anatomy and challenges in surgery.

Snacks will be provided to both Shelter Medicine Club and Non-Traditional Species (NTS) club members, but please bring a lunch!

Ligature Lab
April 28, 2017 | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | SAC 80 (5:00 – 5:30 PM) and CSLC Room 101 (5:30 – 7:00 PM)

We will be having a ligature wetlab with Dr. Agapis who will first be giving a presentation on the spay procedure and the types of knots and suture patterns that are involved. Students will then have the exciting opportunity to practice knot tying/ligatures on foam spay models including the circumferential ligation, transfixation ligation, Miller’s knot, and maybe even the Aberdeen knot!

Chicago Shelter Tours
April 22, 2017

We will be traveling to Chicago to tour PAWS Chicago (10 AM-12 PM) and Treehouse Humane Society (1:30-3 PM)! Dr. Von Waldau at PAWS and Dr. Swiniarski at Treehouse have volunteered some of their weekend to show us their facilities and teach us about Shelter medicine in Chicago. This will be a great opportunity to see some of the successful city shelters first hand!

Discussion Session on Purina PetFinder’s Shelter Research
April 5, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM | 2271J BSB (Zuschlag room)

Sara Kent, Director of Shelter Operations for PetFinder, will be hosting a discussion session with us about Purina PetFinder’s shelter research including what drives adopters to select certain shelters and what your average person looks for when picking a pet.

Shelter Behavior Assessments – Behavior Club and Shelter Medicine Club:
LAC 100, Friday, March 31, 2017.

Dr. Jessica Hekman will be coming to speak to us about the validity of shelter behavior assessments.

Purina PetFinder.com Shelter Med Club Presentation
March 1, 2017, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Vet Med LAC – Room 100

Sara Kent, director of PetFinder.com Shelter Outreach, will be coming to speak to us about the many ways their company does to find homes for shelter pets (dogs, cats, large animals, and exotics) across the USA. Over the past 20 years, Petfinder has adopted out 25 million shelter pets!

Shelter Med Club – HSVMA Dr. Rives
February 15, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Vet Med LAC – Room 100

Dr. Rives will be talking to students over lunch about puppy mills and the welfare issues surrounding them. She will also discuss what veterinarians can do to prevent animal suffering and what to do in cases of abuse, such as tracking puppy mill dogs by their unique USDA number.

Dr. Weedon on Animal Welfare & Shelter Medicine
January 26, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Vet Med LAC – Room 100

Join Animal Welfare Club and Shelter Medicine Club for a lecture given by Dr. Weedon on the intersection of animal welfare and shelter medicine.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Presentation: TNR Community Cats

Friday December 2, 2016 at noon-12:50
Vet Med LAC – Room 100

This lecture will feature Peter Wolfe from the Best Friends Animal Society discussing his success in managing feral cats and TNR initiatives. Lunch provided for club members who RSVP’d.

“Behavior & Shelter Med Club Lunch Lecture on Behavioral Issues in Shelters”
November 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Vet Med LAC – Room 100

Lunch lecture hosted by the Behavior Club and Shelter Medicine Club. Behaviorist for the Champaign County Humane Society, Natalie Piper, will be speaking on behavioral issues commonly seen in shelters.

Dr. Ellen Jefferson from Austin Pets Alive
October 24, lunch lecture in LAC100

Austin is one of the safest cities in the US for homeless and lost pets. 8 years ago the city only had a live outcome rate of just 50%. APA and the open-admission city shelter worked together to implement the “No-Kill” philosophy, and within 3 years the city was saving 90%. Now, they have a live-outcome rate as high as 98%. Austin is the largest city to successfully implement this philosophy and have live-outcome rates above 90%. Whether you have any negative impressions of what it means to be “no-kill”, or if you don’t know much about it, this lunch lecture is for you!

Come hear about the movement from a national veterinary leader on the topic. Dr. Ellen Jefferson’s talk,“Busting Myths about No-Kill” will be on Monday, October 24th at 12pm in LAC 100. She’s a truly inspirational speaker and individual. All are certainly welcome to attend, and lunch will be provided to club members


Paw Project documentary screening
September 27, SAC80, 6-7 PM
Documentary about the current declawing debate in the USA – with snacks provided – chips and baked goods.

Also, free Paw Project bumper stickers if you’re interested in spreading the message. See the trailer here:
The movie is 58 minutes in length and features many veterinarians from shelters and private practice alike.

Dr. Olsen Lunch Lecture:
September 28, 2016, 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
Vet Med LAC – Room 100
Dr. Cynthia Olsen (2006 UIUC CVM grad) will be speaking about her work with the Illinois “Paw Project” and how to integrate shelter medicine into working as a private practice veterinarian. All are invited but lunch from Siam Terrace provided to club members.

Shelter Med Introductory Meeting:
September 2, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Vet Med LAC – Room 100
Shelter Club Introduction Meeting – lunch provided to those who RSVP’d! Come learn about all the exciting things we have planned out for this year! We are planning to do several documentary screenings as well as at least one lunch lecture per month. There will numerous opportunities to volunteer offered, too.Please e-mail sheltervetmed@gmail.com for more information and how to pay club dues for the year ($12).