Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine: Chicago Projects

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine:
Chicago Initiatives

DVM/MPH Program

Veterinarians have made a substantial contribution to public health within the state of Illinois and nationally over the past 120 years. It has been estimated that 25 years of the 30 year gain in human life expectancy at birth achieved through the 20th century were due to improvements in sanitation and hygiene, two areas in which veterinarians continue to play an active and productive role.

In 2003, based in part on their experiences with monkey pox and West Nile virus encephalitis, faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine (UIUC-CVM) and The University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH) began the development of a collaborative, dual degree program designed to award both Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees upon successful completion. Students typically spend the first four years of the program in residence at Urbana, completing DVM program requirements, and conducting preliminary work on the MPH degree. The fifth year is spent in residence at Chicago, focusing on MPH degree work. Click here for more information. (

Zoological Pathology:

This Zoological Pathology Program is a collaboration between the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, the Chicago Zoological Society Brookfield Zoo, the Lincoln Park Zoological Gardens, and the John G. Shedd Aquarium, with additional support from the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. This program is a full-service diagnostic, teaching and research pathology program. It is currently the largest of only three programs in the United States offering full-time, exotic pathology training and the only program with established academic ties and incorporated domestic animal pathology training. Please click here for more information. (, would like it to land on the “Zoological Pathology” section heading)

Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency Program

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, in conjunction with Brookfield Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo and John G. Shedd Aquarium, is offering a three-year residency in Zoological and Aquatic Animal Medicine. The residency is approved by the American College of Zoological Medicine (ACZM) and is supervised by two Diplomates of this college. Please click here for information. (