Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

Admitted Student Information


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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 2021. We hope you will find this website 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 We are here to help you in any way we can. Dr. Jonathan H. Foreman, Associate Dean; Alan Upchurch, Academic Program Coordinator; Katherine Irwin, Counselor; Susan Long, Office Support Specialist; Carol Parker, Office Support Specialist; Kari Zamberletti, Office Support Specialist
  • Orientation Activities: August 21-25, 2017

    • Orientation Schedule (subject to change)
    • iVLE Invitation (coming soon)
    • iVLE Information Survey (coming soon)
    • ID Badge (Mandatory College of Veterinary Medicine ID badge)
    • Stethoscopes for Purchase
    • Booklist for First Years
    • Tours will be available Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. for you to familiarize yourself with the Veterinary Medicine campus.  Please meet your tour guide in the atrium.
  • Forms: To be submitted by 5 pm, June 30

    • Student Medical Forms (Sent ONLY to McKinley Health Center) Contact McKinley Health Center directly at 217-333-2701 for questions.
    • Student Medical Forms must to be sent to:

    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 21

    • 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 23, 2017.
    • 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 27, 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 27, 2017 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 and select a size for your blue coat via the New Student Information Survey.  I Hotel & Conference Center Map

    Lab Coat Sizing Information

    Please view the lab coat website for sizing information.

  • Courses, Electives, and More

    2017 Fall Schedule; classes begin on Monday, August 28, 2017

    First Year Fall 2017 Schedule
    Course #Course NameCredit HoursTypeCRNMonTuesWedThursFriLocation
    Required Core Courses 
    VM 602Structure & Function I9.5Lecture (AL1)549529-12,









    VMBSB 2258


    Lab (AB1)549532-410-122-410-122-4VMBSB 1730
    VM 601Clinical Practice I4Lecture549438-98-98-9Colloquium: 2258
    Remainder of time will be spent in clinical rotations
    Elective Courses 
    VM 642Contemporary Issues in Vet Med1Lec/Disc495033-43-4VMBSB 2271C
    VCM 686Zoomed: What’s Your Diagnosis?1Lec/Disc549545-6 5-6LAC 100
    VM 622Research Project I2Lec/Disc69128  4-6VMBSB 2258

     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 three 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?
    • Research Project I

    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 is a formal process that students can participate in 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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