International veterinary medicine is a growth area within the profession.
From feeding the world’s population and the economic importance of international trade to emerging diseases from environmental disruption and exponential international travel, global issues are critical to veterinary medicine both in the U.S. and abroad. Veterinary students need an understanding of different cultures and exposure to veterinary problems in other countries.
While it is a lot of information to be learning, everything is all so interesting. It seems amazing that ancient Chinese doctors were able to do so much just based on what they saw through gross observation.
Alison Bizzul and Linda Yang, China, Veterinary Acupuncture Study, 2013
Illinois students are encouraged to expand their horizons. Illinois offers a course in international veterinary medicine, and faculty-organized and -led trips provide intensive experiences in other countries each summer.
There are also opportunities through Memoranda of Understanding with veterinary institutions on three continents.
Many Illinois students take advantage of veterinary service trips organized through non-governmental organizations.
The differences between our Illinois and our Tanzanian surgery suites were pretty astounding. Not only were we missing caps, masks, and gowns, but we didn’t have a roof, lights, an adjustable table, or the convenience of inhalant anesthesia. It certainly took some getting used to.
Nicki Rosenhagen, Tanzania, Service Trip, 2014
Each student contributes to a record of the trip, which is posted online in blog form to benefit others interested in international veterinary medicine.
It was an eye-opening experience to see how another country views health and safety and food production. Germany really has high public health standards and is very concerned about the quality of the food produced. They really value animal welfare and have a litany (I think thousands) of laws pertaining to animal welfare alone.
Vanessa Yeager, Germany, Public Health, 2014