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WIU Welcomes Pre-Veterinary Sciences Club to Campus

October 13, 2022

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University is welcoming a new student organization to further the mission of preparing students to study veterinary medicine after graduation.

The Pre-Veterinary Sciences Club, founded by club President Jessica Alonso, a junior agriculture science major, from Maple Park, IL, is seeking to be an add-on to the WIU agriculture curriculum in giving students hands-on experience, networking information and access to community service opportunities.

"I think this organization is important to WIU due to the growing number of students interested in pre-veterinary sciences," said Alonso. "The Pre-Vet Club can give those who are interested more opportunities to build relationships with professionals in the field and peers around them, while also gaining experience needed for their future."

WIU alumna and School of Agriculture Instructor Ashley Whiteside, a veterinarian in the region, is serving as club advisor.

"I am happy to be able to help the students gain experience and exposure to vet med to help guide their decisions regarding the profession," said Whiteside. "I am excited to work with these students and provide hands on experience, as well as mentorship. The club will give students access to vet med exposure their entire duration at WIU."

Alonso said the hope is to hold wet labs, host guest speakers and educate members about graduate school.

The club held its first meeting Oct. 6, and meets bi-weekly on Thursdays in Knoblauch Hall, room 226. The next meeting is Thursday, Oct. 20, and anyone is welcome to join the organization.

For more information, contact Alonso at

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