Natalie Schramer of Sycamore graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree on May 12. The college is one of only 28 veterinary schools in the United States.
Schramer and her fellow graduates in the Class of 2013 were the first to be educated under an innovative veterinary curriculum pioneered at Illinois. The new curriculum focused on integrating the clinical skills and basic sciences relevant to veterinary practice throughout the four-year doctoral degree program. Students in the Illinois program, unlike those in other veterinary curricula, spend 15 weeks during the first two years of study embedded in veterinary practice areas and practicing clinical skills in an extensive learning center equipped with models and simulations.
Schramer will practice as an associate veterinarian at Riverdale Veterinary Clinic in Muscoda, Wis.
Schramer is the daughter of Mark and Linda Schramer of Sycamore. She graduated from Sycamore High School in 2006. She also is a graduate of the Montana State University, earning a bachelor of science degree in animal science in 2009.