Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

Admitted Student Information

Welcome

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Incoming veterinary students have the opportunity to get acquainted at the Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience (iVLE) before classes start.

We are looking forward to your arrival on campus and congratulate you on becoming a member of the Class of 2020. We have sent you an email with the link to this website and hope you will find it helpful in getting all your required information completed. We look forward to meeting you and orienting you to the DVM program. Please check this site thoroughly and often for any updates or revisions that may be necessary. If you still need additional information please call us at 217-265-0380 or e-mail us at asa@vetmed.illinois.edu. We are here to help you in any way we can. Dr. Jonathan H. Foreman, Associate Dean Dr. Dawn Morin, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Cheryl Weber, Student Services Coordinator and Grief Educator Christine Walls, Office Support Specialist Khristian Shaffer, Office Support Specialist
  • Orientation Activities: August 15-19, 2016

  • Forms: To be submitted by 5 pm, June 24

    McKinley Health Center 1109 South Lincoln Avenue Urbana, Illinois 61801

    Mailing address for all admissions correspondence including proof of rabies vaccine and updated transcripts (does not include McKinley Health Center student medical forms):

    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Office of Academic and Student Affairs
    2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Room 2271G
    Urbana, Illinois 61802

  • Tasks: To be completed by 5 pm, August 15

    • Acquire I-Card (University Identification Card)
    • Parking Permit
    • Computer Requirements
    • Proof of Rabies Immunization Information (Sent ONLY to the College of Veterinary Medicine.) McKinley Health Center will not start their series until August.  You must complete the vaccination series before entering clinics on October 17, 2016.
    • VTH Orientation Instructions/Training (Nothing to be done at this time – postponed until closer to start of clinical rotations)
    • Information Security Confidentiality Form (Nothing to be done at this time – postponed until closer to start of clinical rotations)
  • Blue Coat Ceremony, Sunday, August 21, 1:00 pm

    Blue Coat Information

    The Blue Coat Ceremony is the perfect venue for faculty of the College to formally welcome you into the veterinary profession. The blue coat you will receive is your badge as a veterinarian-in-training. It indicates to hospital and basic science personnel your first year status as a student. The ceremony will be on the afternoon of Sunday, August 21, 2016 beginning at 1:00 p.m. and should be over by 4:00 p.m. at the latest. It will be held at the I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL. A reception will follow at 2:00 p.m. serving appetizers and drinks. Following at 2:30 p.m., we will be offering a student and family member information session. This session will help in orienting you to your new college environment while family members and other interested parties learn what to expect and how to support their new veterinary student during these next four years. Family members are invited to attend, but we do have to limit you to four guests per student due to space availability. You are requested to RSVP via the form you will complete stating the size of lab coat you desire. I Hotel & Conference Center Map
    XS2-433-3425-2636-37
    S6-835-3627-2837-38
    M10-1237-3929-3139-41
    L14-1640-4332-3542-45
    XL18-2044-4736-3946-49
    2XL22-2448-5140-4350-53
    3XL26-2852-5544-4754-57
    4XL30-3256-5948-5160-62
    5XL34-3660-6352-5564-67
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    Lab Coat Sizing Information

    The lab coat you will be ordering is a classic unisex 39-inch long lab coat in Ceil Blue from Adar Uniforms. In a classic notched lapel collar, long set-in sleeves and five buttons for closure. It includes two large patch pockets, one breast pocket with pen divider and an extra inner pocket for you to store your small paraphernalia. The side hand vents provided for easy access to your pants’ pockets. At the back a buttoned belt and walking slit for ease of movement and material used is polyester and cotton blend.

  • Courses, Electives, and More

    2016 Fall Schedule; classes begin on Monday, August 22, 2016

    First Year Fall 2016 Schedule
    Course #Course NameCredit HoursTypeCRNMonTuesWedThursFriLocation
    Required Core Courses 
    VM 602Structure & Function I9.5Lecture (AL1)549529-12,

    1-2

    9-109-12,

    1-2

    9-10,

    1-3

    9-12,

    1-2

    Room 100 LAC

    or 2743 or 1730

    Lab (AB1)549532-410-122-410-122-4Rooms 2251/1730
    VM 601Clinical Practice I4Lecture549438-98-98-9Colloquium: Room 100 LAC
    Remainder of time will be spent in clinical rotations SAC/LAC
    Elective Courses 
    VM 642Contemporary Issues in Vet Med1Lec/Disc495033-43-4Room 2271C  VMBSB
    VCM 686Zoomed: What’s Your Diagnosis?1Lec/Disc549545-6 5-6 Room 100 LAC

     Elective Opportunities

    Students accepted are required to have a total of 8 elective credit hours completed as part of the requirements of the DVM program.  It is customary that students take 1-2 electives per semester in order to try to complete all 8 electives before they enter their fourth year of clinical rotations which start in the spring semester of their third year. The two electives available to you in the fall as first year students are (see schedule above):

    • Contemporary Issues in Vet Med
    • Zoo Med:  What’s Your Diagnosis?

    Students also have the opportunity to request elective credit for experience outside the College of Veterinary Medicine.  This process happens twice a year (April 15 and November 15 deadlines) depending on the dates the student is seeking to attend.  This formal process that students can participate in order to have their request reviewed by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and/or by the College Courses, Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee. Faculty have developed a listing of “streamed” electives which can be taught (subject to change) to have a variety of topics from which to pick. Please see list below.

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