2017-2018 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 Medicine Club Lunch Lecture
March 23, 2018 | 12PM – 12:50PM | BSB 2258

Our own Dr. Agapis will be giving a lecture about parvovirus protocols within shelters! Knowing how to implement control measures for highly infectious diseases such as parvovirus is critical in almost any field of veterinary medicine. Snacks and desserts will be served to club members, but please bring a lunch.

Spaying/Neutering Zoological Companion Mammal Lunch Lecture
March 26, 2018 | 12PM – 12:50PM | LAC 100

Dr. Keller will be presenting a one hour presentation on spaying/neutering zoological companion mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.), a procedure becoming more common in companion animal practice! This is a joint lunch lecture with Surgery Club, NTS, and CAVA.

Shelter Medicine Club Lunch Lecture
March 14, 2018 | 12PM – 12:50PM | BSB 2258

Dr. Barbara Hanek, an administrator veterinarian from the DuPage County Animal Care & Control (DCACC), will be discussing the differences between an open admission municipal facility and a private shelter as well as a $10 million construction project DCACC is working on and a specialty vehicle they recently received a grant for. She will also be announcing internships/potential employment opportunities.

Royal Canin Lunch Lecture
February 16, 2018 | 12PM – 12:50PM | LAC 100

Royal Canin will be here to discuss how to choose a diet for shelter animals such as how often to feed dogs and cats of various ages, is it best to feed one diet or any food that is donated, etc.

ISC-ASV Rotations Discussion
February 12, 2018 | 12PM – 12:50PM | BSB 2271C

Fourth year students who have done shelter medicine related rotations or externships will be discussing these programs like Best Friends & Humane Alliance, in a relaxed environment where others are welcome to ask questions! Please bring a lunch.

Shelter Medicine Club/HSVMA Lunch Lecture
January 31, 2018 | 12PM – 12:50PM | LAC 100

Alicia Schneider, a humane investigator and educator from the Champaign County Humane Society, will be giving a talk about the roles humane investigators play in an animal shelter including providing humane education to the public. She will also be giving some examples of the investigations she has done in the past.

Breed Specific Legislation Lunch Lecture
January 17, 2018 | 12PM – 12:50PM | LAC 100

Ledy VanKavage, an attorney from Best Friends Animal Society, will be here to talk about Canine Breed Discrimination, commonly known as “Breed Specific Legislation”/BSL in regards to bully breeds.

“Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills”
December 14, 2017 | 12PM – 12:50PM | BSB 2251

Dr. Jane Lohmar (1995 grad from UIUC CVM) of “Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills” (VPAPM) will be presenting over Skype. Dr. Lohmar has provided emergency services for dogs rescued from mills, on location, and currently works at Family Pet Animal Hospital in Chicago.

Alley Cat Allies Lunch Lecture
December 5, 2017 | 12PM – 12:50PM | BSB 2251

Becky Robinson of Alley Cat Allies will be coming to talk to us about feral cat TNR (trap, neuter/spay, vaccinate, release) programs around the USA. They work on altering feral/”community cats” to reduce populations, which has shown to be more effective than simply euthanizing ferals as far as controlling their numbers. They also advocate for anti-cruelty laws and disaster response plans for animals. Siam Terrace will be served!

Behavior Club/Shelter Medicine Club Lunch Lecture
November 30, 2017 | 12PM – 12:50PM | LAC 100

Natalie Piper, a behavior specialist from Champaign County Humane Society, will be speaking about behavior evaluations and assessments that they use in the shelter. Fazoli’s will be served to all those who RSVP’d!

Movie Screening
November 10, 2017 | 12PM – 12:50PM | BSB 2251

We will be screening the documentary “Second Chance Dogs” produced by the ASPCA with a focus on some of their toughest behavioral cases going through training and rehabilitation to get adopted after rescue. There will be popcorn, but please bring a lunch!

Chicago Animal Shelter Tours
November 4, 2017 | 10AM – 3PM

We will be touring Chicago Animal Care and Control, PAWS Chicago, and The Anti-Cruelty Society!

Royal Canin Lunch Lecture
October 25, 2017 | 12:00 – 12:50 PM | BSB 2251

Royal Canin’s Dr. Jenny Sandler will be giving a talk about “Pet Food Nutrition Myths”. All are welcome!

Dr. Fischer – Shelter Emergency Preparedness
October 16, 2017 | 12:00 – 12:50 PM | BSB 2258

In the wake of the recent natural disasters and organizations mobilizing in order to help the animals affected by these disasters, Dr. Amy Fischer, a Teaching Associate and Extension Specialist with the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences, will be speaking about how shelters prepare for these types of emergencies.

HSVMA RAVS – Volunteer Trips Info Meeting
October 9, 2017 | 12:00 – 12:50 PM | BSB 2258

We will be having a panel of vet students come in to talk about their experience volunteering at Native American reservations around the country through HSVMA Rural Animal Veterinary Services (RAVS). RAVS trips provide students with a lot of invaluable hands-on veterinary experience, building up their confidence in performing physical exams, monitoring anesthesia, and even spaying/neutering. Snacks will be provided, but please bring a lunch!

Shelter Med Cases with Dr. Elaine Jordan
October 6, 2017 | 12:00 – 12:50 PM | LAC 100

Dr. Elaine Jordan, a veterinarian from the San Diego Humane Society, will be Skyping in with us go over some of the more complex shelter medicine cases she’s managed. San Diego Humane Society takes in over 45,000 dogs, cats, horses, and exotic pocket pets annually. They have a wildlife clinic that accepts an additional 10,000 animals annually and three low cost spay-and-neuter clinics. They often manage long-term illnesses like diabetes, hyp(er/o)thyroidism, ringworm, etc., and injuries like hit-by-car and abuse.

Bake Sale: The Sato Project
October 5, 2017 | 12:00 – 12:50 PM| Outside of LAC 100 and Einstein’s Cafe

Our second bake sale of the year will be benefiting The Sato Project. Please stop by and consider making a donation of any amount and get some delicious baked goods in return! All proceeds will go towards helping the many animals in need of medical care after Hurricane Maria.

VetCorder: Portable ECG Monitoring
September 29, 2017 | 12:00  – 12:50 PM | LAC 100

VetCorder will be coming to speak to us about their new portable ECG design (which is currently being used on the shelter medicine mobile unit) and will be bringing some of the devices for us to try out as well! A non-pizza lunch will be sponsored by VetCorder.

Bake Sale: Austin Pets Alive!
September 11, 2017 | 12:00 – 12:50 PM| Outside of LAC 100 and Einstein’s Cafe

We will be having a bake sale benefiting Austin Pets Alive! Please stop by and consider making a donation of any amount and get some delicious baked goods in return! All proceeds will go towards helping the many animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Champaign County Humane Society (CCHS) Tour
September 9, 2017 | 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Join us on a tour at CCHS with Dr. Gilbert to get a behind-the-scenes look at the clinic and adoptable animals as well as learn about volunteer opportunities!

Shelter Medicine Club Introductory Meeting
September 8, 2017 | 12:00  – 12:50 PM | BSB 2258

Join us for our introductory meeting and learn about all the exciting events we have planned for this year including wetlabs, shelter tours, and volunteer opportunities! Pizza will be provided so come hungry! Club dues this year is $15, and it would be $6 for 4th year students.