Illinois Veterinary Curriculum

Elective Streams

Students wishing to gain depth of knowledge in a particular area may enroll in the following elective streams, which are scheduled to allow the student to progress in that track across the four-year curriculum.

All-Species Electives

  • PATH 639 Veterinary Forensic Medicine
  • PATH 646 Principles of Laboratory Animal Science I
  • VCM 656 Principles of Laboratory Animal Science II
  • CB 646 Advanced Therapeutics
  • PATH 549 Gross Pathology
  • PATH 644 Veterinary Pain Management
  • PATH 636 Advanced Clinical Pathology
  • VCM 679 Advanced Ophthalmology

Business and Communications Electives

  • VM 642 Contemporary Issues in Veterinary Medicine
  • VCM 624 Bereavement
  • VM 694 Veterinary Spanish
  • VM 643 Fundamentals of Management
  • PATH 644 Bioscientific Writing
  • VM 626 Basics of Business
  • VM 645 Communications in Practice

Equine Medicine Elective Series

  • VCM 608 Equine Animal Husbandry
  • VCM 674 Equine Exercise Physiology
  • VCM 660 Applied Equine Anatomy
  • VCM 627 Equine Infectious Diseases
  • VCM 642 Equine Critical Care
  • VCM 643 Equine Emergency Medicine
  • VCM 645 Equine Surgery Laboratory
  • VCM 661 Advanced Equine Lameness
  • VCM 641 Equine Neonatology
  • VCM 681 Advanced Equine Internal Medicine

Food Animal Electives

  • VCM 690 Introduction to Food Supply Medicine
  • VCM 672 Food Supply Disease Prevention
  • VCM 688 Food Supply Disease Management
  • VCM 695 Food Supply Decision-Making

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Electives

  • VCM 687 Canine Occupational Health I
  • VCM 626 Shelter Medicine I
  • VCM 673 Companion Animal Rehabilitation
  • VCM 657 Shelter Medicine IIĀ 
  • VCM 635 Advanced Soft Tissue Surgery
  • VM 620 Canine and Feline Behavior
  • VCM 640 Advanced Orthopedic Surgery
  • VCM 634 GP Surgical Oncology
  • VCM 663 Small Animal Dermatology

Wildlife, Zoological Medicine, and Ecology Electives

  • VCM 686 Zoo Med: What’s Your Diagnosis?
  • VCM 693 Comparative Anatomy – Zoo
  • VCM 678 Reptile Medicine and Surgery
  • CB 540 Wildlife Ecosystem Health
  • VCM 682 Wildlife Medicine
  • VCM 696 Fish Medicine and Surgery
  • CB 551 Ecotoxicology
  • VCM 649 Avian Medicine and Surgery
  • VCM 625 Exotic Mammal Medicine