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SAVMA President-Elect to Blog from Front Lines

Jul 2, 2015 / Student Blogs

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a series of student blogs. Hello! I am very excited to share the view from my window into the world of veterinary medicine. I recently completed my second year of veterinary school ...

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Itchy Pets May Have Flea Allergy

Jul 20, 2015 / Dermatology / Parasites / Cats / Dogs

Many pets are allergic to the saliva of the adult flea Most pet owners know that dogs and cats should be treated regularly with medication to prevent an infestation of fleas, but they may not realize that even a pet receiving a flea ...

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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