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Julia Whittington Named Hospital Chief of Staff

Dec 11, 2017 / Alumni News

‘We are Improving Lives for all our customers’ One sentence from the hospital website contains our mission and purpose: “Simply put, the hospital is dedicated to improving lives: by providing exceptional patient care, by ...

Fund Assists K9s That Serve and Protect

Dec 10, 2017 / General News

Doing All We Can for Working Dogs Dr. Maureen McMichael, who heads the small animal emergency and critical care service at the college, has played an integral role in recent activities. “I have a very special interest in working dogs,” ...

Thank You for a Productive Year!

Dec 8, 2017 / Message from the Dean

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to thank the entire college community—our faculty and staff, our students and alumni, our referring veterinarians, clients, and friends—for your support. With your help, the college continued to deliver ...

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1st Year Highlights

  • Hands-on experience starting in the first semester
  • Exposure to diverse career opportunities
  • Clinical skills center staffed with experienced coaches

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I appreciate the wide variety of electives available to me as an Illinois veterinary student, from international veterinary medicine to exotics to business management.

2nd Year Highlights

  • Seven weeks of clinical rotations combined with hands-on skills development
  • Comprehensive written and practical milestone examinations
  • Elective course sequences offered for seven species or areas of interests

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There are vast opportunities to get involved – including the Wildlife Medical Clinic and numerous student clubs. I noticed the friendly, helpful, ‘work-together’ atmosphere at Illinois right away!

3rd Year Highlights

  • Surgical instruction, with option for more surgeries in shelter medicine rotation
  • Second milestone examinations to ensure readiness for clinics
  • Clinical rotation year begins in March

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The junior surgery lab not only allowed me to practice one of my special interests but also gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.

4th Year Highlights

  • Participation in all areas of patient care at college’s Urbana and Chicago clinics
  • For-credit experiences in a variety of internship settings
  • Student-designed capstone experience for the six weeks before graduation

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I am excited to begin fourth-year clinics, where I can apply what I have learned in the past three years to real-life patients.