Matt O’Connor, a 2007 Illinois DVM, recently joined the distinguished team of animal care professionals at the A. Watson Armour III Center for Animal Health and Welfare, part of Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, according to a news release ...
I have a confession to make. I’m a stone-cold convention junkie. Convention, symposium, conference, meeting…no matter the name, I am there! Since I started at the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, I have been to at least eight or ...
Throughout his birthday month of October, the College of Veterinary Medicine celebrates emeritus professor of comparative biosciences Dr. Fred Kummerow and his legacy of improving human health. His biggest accomplishment is winning a ...
As of November 2014, four states had approved the use of marijuana as a recreational drug, and it appears that marijuana is becoming more widely accepted across the nation. Not surprisingly, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has ...
Our Groundbreaking Program
1st Year Highlights
- Hands-on experience starting in the first semester
- Exposure to diverse career opportunities
- Clinical skills center staffed with experienced coaches
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
There are vast opportunities to get involved – including the Wildlife Medical Clinic and numerous student clubs. I noticed the friendly, helpful, ‘work-together’ atmosphere at Illinois right away!
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
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
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.