Gwendy Reyes-Illg, DVM

Dr. Gwendy Reyes-Illg

Dr. Gwendy Reyes-Illg is attending veterinarian for a primate sanctuary. Her past experience is diverse, with patients ranging from companion animals in emergency hospitals, general practices, and shelters in Colorado and Pennsylvania to wild animals in Cameroonian and Ugandan sanctuaries.

Dr. Reyes-Illg holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. Currently, she is completing a master’s degree in philosophy at Colorado State University, with a focus on animal and environmental ethics.

Animal advocacy has long been Dr. Reyes-Illg’s passion. A vegan for over 20 years, she works to raise awareness of and improve the plight of animals in a variety of settings. In college, she campaigned successfully for a voter-initiated state ban on sow gestation crates and implemented an environmental enrichment program for pigs subjected to intensive confinement. As a veterinary student, she developed a Willed Body Program to provide ethically-sourced cadavers for equine anatomy courses. She also launched Helping Alachua’s Animals Requiring Treatment and Surgery (HAARTS), a program that to date had helped save the lives of over 2,000 homeless pets while providing an alternative to terminal surgeries in the veterinary curriculum.