College of Veterinary Medicine

The College of Veterinary Medicine, often referred to as VetMed, is the most comprehensive veterinary facility in Illinois. The College has a strong tie to the community through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, including the Small Animal Clinic which is open to the community as a 24/7 emergency care clinic. Other community services are extended to equine and farm animals as well. Each year, thousands attend the Vet Med Open House which includes demos and live animal exhibits, and is open to all ages.

Peter Constable, dean

Peter Constable became dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in January 2014. He had previously served on the Illinois faculty in the food animal section for 13 years, beginning in 1993 and including a period as interim head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine. In 2006 he became head of the veterinary clinical sciences department at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine.

A native Australian, Dean Constable earned his veterinary degree in 1982 from the University of Melbourne, practiced in Australia and England, and completed an ambulatory internship and food animal medicine and surgery residency at The Ohio State University. He earned both a master’s and a PhD in cardiovascular physiology at OSU. He is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.

As a clinician and researcher, Dean Constable studied acid-base physiology, fluid therapy, shock, calf diarrhea, surgical conditions of the bovine abdomen, biostatistics, pharmacokinetic modeling, veterinary education and the cardiovascular response to endurance training. He has published more than 190 peer-reviewed articles and 30 book chapters and is a co-author of Veterinary Medicine: A Textbook of the Diseases of Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Pigs, and Goats, now in its eleventh edition.

Advancement staff

M. Christine Dietrich


Associate Dean of Advancement

Ginger Passalacqua

Associate Director of Advancement

Alumni Engagement/Special Events

Joel Agate

Assistant Director of Advancement

Current open positions
– MGO – Chicago-based (likely a Director/Senior Director level)
– MGO – CU-based (not sure what level)
– Just hired an MGO who will be starting on June 5

Foundation partners
Prospect Development Analyst Liaison: Joanna Pike
Manager, Research and Portfolio Management: Jane Cronkhite

Fundraising information

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Veterinary Teaching Hospital annual giving

Annual giving solicitations are centralized and run through Advancement Operations in the OVCIA. All of our academic units fall into what is called the Coordinated Colleges Campaign, which sends solicitations on behalf of units x times per year.

We do provide additional annual giving support to certain units on campus who has a primarily externally-facing audience. In this case, we raise funds on behalf of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Each year we solicit clients x times a year.

Student and alumni demographics

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