Department of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois

College of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois

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Program Description:  This is a 3 year program offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The Residency in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, approved by the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology (ACVCP), is designed to provide strong research training and to prepare the resident for board certification offered by the ACVCP.

Application and Deadline: Candidates for the training must be a D.V.M. (or equivalent), preferably with at least one year of primary veterinary patient care experience, and be currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in his/her state or country. American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology trainee guidelines can be found at the following link: http//

For the residency application portion, candidates are encouraged to initially email the residency program director, ( with a letter of intent and curriculum vitae. If a candidate is considered to meet the minimum qualifications of an ACVCP residency program and does not already have an MS or PhD in a relevant biomedical science, he/she will be encouraged to complete a graduate application to the Comparative Biosciences Graduate Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapaign. Application information is available at: The complete application will include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, 3 letters of reference, transcripts, and officially transmitted GRE scores. To ensure full consideration, applications must be completed by (APPLICATIONS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME).

Research Training:  Residents will enroll for a Masters or Ph.D. program through the Graduate College at the University of Illinois, unless a Ph.D. is already held.  A research project to fulfill the M.S. or Ph.D. will be developed by the resident with consultation of his/her graduate committee and Dr. Ferguson, Program Director. Appropriate projects encompassing the realm of clinical pharmacology will be identified with departmental mentors interested in small animal, equine, wildlife, exotic, and laboratory animal pharmacology and toxicology.

Didactic Training:  Coursework is offered through the Department of Comparative Biosciences and will be undertaken during the first 18-24 months of the program.  Relevant coursework includes: Comparative Disposition of Xenobiotics, Analytical Methods: Analysis of Drugs in Biological Fluids, Regulatory Pharmacology and Toxicology, Advanced Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, and Pharmacokinetics.

Clinical Training:  Clinical training within the program includes participation in clinical pharmacology, internal medicine, and critical care rounds and journal clubs, consultation within the small and large animal clinics, and the conduct and interpretation of therapeutic drug monitoring.

Off-site Training:  An externship experience at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in Urbana, IL will be required of all residents.  Residents will also have the opportunity for an externship at participating pharmaceutical companies or the FDA/CVM gaining experience in industrial and regulatory clinical pharmacology.

Teaching Opportunities:  Residents will present therapeutics-based topics to small animal residents in the small and large animal clinic series, and will participate in clinical rounds.  In addition, residents will have the opportunity to participate in didactic teaching of pharmacology to veterinary students.

Stipends, Benefits and Tuition:  This position is a 67% appointment as a Teaching Associate with a starting stipend of $30,000 with annual increments plus benefits.  A tuition and partial fee waiver valued approximately at about $16,000 annually is also included making a total support package worth approximately $46,000.  Estimated completion time for the combined program is 3 years, including completion of the M.S. degree.  Those seeking a Ph.D. are definitely also encouraged to apply.

Contact:  For further information or to apply, candidates should contact:  Duncan C. Ferguson, VMD, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP, Department Head, Comparative Biosciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary medicine, 3516  VMBSB, MC-002, 2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana, IL 61802; Email:  Telephone: 217-333-2506.

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