College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Overview

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is generating solutions for a healthier world in the 21st century. Through our professional and graduate degree programs we supply veterinary scientists who work to improve human, animal, and environmental health. Through our outreach programs we touch the lives of thousands of animals and their owners and help safeguard public health. Through our research expertise and facilities, we are making significant contributions to science and facilitating the translation of discoveries in the theoretical sciences into biomedical applications that benefit human and animal health.

We aspire to be a leader in veterinary and comparative biomedical education, scholarship, and public engagement in the University of Illinois system, in the state, in the nation, and around the world.

The five top goals in our strategic plan reiterate the importance of our two longstanding core missions - the professional veterinary degree program and biomedical research targeted to key areas - and identify three additional initiatives with potential to benefit society: a Chicago headquarters for teaching, research, and service activities; new facilities in Urbana to meet the needs of our growing programs there; and the University of Illinois Center for One Medicine, an interdisciplinary program that focuses expertise on issues related to human, animal, and public health.

The centerpiece of our College is the four-year professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program. These graduates are in demand, and that demand is growing as society recognizes the importance and versatility of this credential, especially in industry and government positions related to biomedical research and public health. We currently enroll 120 first-year veterinary students each fall. Combined degree programs lead to DVM and master's in public health degrees for students seeking careers in public health epidemiology and disease control as well as DVM and PhD degrees for students interested in research careers.

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Through our research expertise and facilities, we are making significant scientific contributions to translate discoveries in the theoretical sciences into biomedical applications that benefit human and animal health. Current areas of scholarly focus include infectious diseases, ecosystem health, orthopedic biology, reproductive biology, environmental toxicology, and zoological medicine. We are building strength in stem cell and regenerative biology, pathogen-host interactions, and endocrinology. Graduate education and post-doctoral training programs in a variety of biomedical fields complement and sustain our research agendas.

Our outreach programs range from a full-service animal hospital and diagnostic laboratory in Urbana to pathology services for Chicago-area zoos to public forms across the state on emerging disease threats to weekly educational columns for pet owners. These programs touch the lives of thousands of animals and their owners and help safeguard public health.