Where there is an animal, you can expect to find a veterinarian in close proximity. This year was the first time the Integrated Food Animal Medicine Systems team from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine was on site at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, providing veterinary care for more than 2,000 animals hailing from all corners of the state.

Student volunteers and clinical staff from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Large Animal Clinic were present for two weeks, from setup to teardown, providing on-call services for all species. The team also assisted with specific procedures, such as care of the sows and piglets in the farrowing barn at the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s exhibit and helping the state veterinarian’s team collect samples from the champion show animals. This collaboration was beneficial to all parties in many respects, and our team got a lot of thanks from many parties for being there to help out.

For Melchi's full blog article, click here