Illinois Veterinary Curriculum

Core Courses

Year 1

  • VM 601 Clinical Practice I

    Credit: 4 hours.

    • Teaches clinical skills, practices, and procedures used in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides hands-on exposure to the methodologies used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease in animals.
  • VM 602 Structure and Function I

    Credit: 9.5 hours.

    • Teaches gross anatomy of the limbs of the dog, cat, horse, and ox; histology of basic tissues, and endocrines, immune, integumentary, and musculoskeletal systems; early development; cell physiology and endocrinology; neurobiology of excitable tissues including brain, nerves, and muscles; and clinical correlations between these subjects and the clinical experiences of VM 601.
  • VM 603 Structure and Function II

    Credit: 9 hours.

    • Teaches gross anatomy of the thoracic and abdominal cavity of the dog, cat, horse, ox, sheep, goat and pig; histology and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems; neurobiology of the autonomic system and pain; and clinical correlations between these subjects and the clinical experiences of VM 601.
    • Prerequisite: VM602 and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum or consent of instructor.
  • VM 604 Structure and Function III

    Credit: 9.5 hours.

    • Teaches gross anatomy of the pelvic cavity and head of the dog, cat, horse, ox, sheep, goat and pig; histology of the reproductive, urinary, and special senses systems; reproductive and renal physiology; neurobiology of cranial nerves and special senses; basic animal nutrition; and clinical correlations between these subjects and the clinical experiences of VM 601.
    • Prerequisite: VM 603 and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum, or consent of instructor.
  • Year 2

  • VM 605 Pathobiology I

    Credit: 9.5 hours.

    • Teaches principles of pharmacology; general pathology; immunology; medical genetics; and mechanistic toxicology.
    • Prerequisite: VM 604 and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum, or consent of instructor.
  • VM 606 Clinical Practice II

    Credit: 4 hours.

    • Teaches in greater depth the clinical skills, practices, and procedures used in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides hands-on exposure to the methodologies used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease in animals.
    • Prerequisite: VM 601, VM 604, and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum, or consent of instructor.
  • VM 607 Pathobiology II

    Credit: 10 hours.

    • Infectious disease concepts in parasitology, protozoology, bacteriology, mycology, and virology; and introduces basic antimicrobial pharmacology.
    • Prerequisite: VM 605, VM 606, and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum; or consent of instructor.
  • VM 608 Pathobiology III

    Credit: 9 hours.

    • Pathology, clinical pathology, and imaging of organ systems; epidemiology and food safety; and includes an integrative laboratory covering commonly encountered problems in infectious diseases.
    • Prerequisite: VM 607 and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum, or consent of instructor.
  • Year 3

  • VM 609 Medicine and Surgery I

    Credit: 10.5 hours.

    • Teaches the practice of medicine and surgery of anesthesiology, neurology, ophthalmology, reproduction, and neonatology. Surgery and Theriogenology laboratories occur throughout this course.
    • Prerequisite: VM 608 and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum, or consent of instructor.
  • VM 610 Medicine and Surgery II

    Credit: 10.5 hours.

    • Teaches and practice of medicine and surgery of dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and urology. Surgery and Theriogenology laboratories continue throughout this course.
    • Prerequisite: VM 609 and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum, or consent of instructor.
  • VM 611 Medicine and Surgery III

    Credit: 9.5 hours.

    • Teaches the practice of medicine and surgery of animal behavior, cardiology, clinical toxicology, imaging, musculoskeletal diseases, oncology/hematology/immune-related diseases, and respiratory diseases. Surgery laboratories continue through the course.
    • Prerequisite: VM 610 and good standing in the veterinary professional curriculum, or consent of instructor.
  • VM 612 Clinical Practice III

    Credit: 8 hours.

    • Teaches clinical skills, practices, and procedures used in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides hands-on experience in the methodologies used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease in animals.
    • Prerequisite: VM 611.
  • VM 613 Clinical Practice IV

    Credit: 13 hours.

    • Teaches clinical skills, practices, and procedures used in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides hands-on experience in the methodologies used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease in animals.
    • Prerequisite: VM 611.
  • Year 4

  • VM 614 Clinical Practice V

    Credit: 8 hours.

    • Teaches clinical skills, practices, and procedures used in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides hands-on experience in the methodologies used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease in animals.
    • Prerequisite: VM 611.
  • VM 615 Clinical Practice VI

    Credit: 8 hours.

    • Teaches clinical skills, practices, and procedures used in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides hands-on experience in the methodologies used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease in animals.
    • Prerequisite: VM 611.
  • VM 616 Clinical Practice VII

    Credit: 8 hours.

    • Teaches clinical skills, practices, and procedures used in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and provides hands-on experience in the methodologies used to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease in animals.
    • Prerequisite: VM 611.
  • VM 617 Professional Development

    Credit: 8 hours.

    • Provides students with a capstone experience near graduation to enhance their educations with advanced professional experiences tailored to their career needs and/or to strengthen perceived areas of weakness in their professional education and development.
    • Prerequisite: VM 616.