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Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Jan 7, 2018 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Barred Owl The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic—a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals—will feature a different patient each week on the ...

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Important Opioid Updates for Veterinarians

Dec 22, 2017 / Practitioner Updates

New Illinois Law, Coming Shortages Require Action   Illinois Law Requires Veterinarians to Register as Prescribers by January 1, 2018 Any veterinarian who writes prescriptions for controlled substances must enroll in the Illinois ...

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What to Look for on a Pet Food Label

Jan 22, 2018 / General Care / Cats / Dogs

Regulations control wording on a pet food label The seemingly endless brightly colored cans, bags, and boxes in the pet food aisles can be quite overwhelming for pet owners. Dr. Kelly Swanson, an animal sciences professor at the ...

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1st Year Highlights

  • Hands-on experience starting in the first semester
  • Exposure to diverse career opportunities
  • Clinical skills center staffed with experienced coaches

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I appreciate the wide variety of electives available to me as an Illinois veterinary student, from international veterinary medicine to exotics to business management.

2nd Year Highlights

  • Seven weeks of clinical rotations combined with hands-on skills development
  • Comprehensive written and practical milestone examinations
  • Elective course sequences offered for seven species or areas of interests

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3rd Year Highlights

  • Surgical instruction, with option for more surgeries in shelter medicine rotation
  • Second milestone examinations to ensure readiness for clinics
  • Clinical rotation year begins in March

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The junior surgery lab not only allowed me to practice one of my special interests but also gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.

4th Year Highlights

  • Participation in all areas of patient care at college’s Urbana and Chicago clinics
  • For-credit experiences in a variety of internship settings
  • Student-designed capstone experience for the six weeks before graduation

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I am excited to begin fourth-year clinics, where I can apply what I have learned in the past three years to real-life patients.