Residency Programs, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Residency Programs


The combined Residency/Master of Science program is designed to complete or largely complete the training requirements for Clinical Specialty Board Certification as well as to provide the candidate the opportunity to conduct applied or basic research.

The length of a Residency is defined by the appropriate Clinical Specialty Board of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and is usually two, three, or four years. The Master of Science (M.S.) program may add an additional year to the defined Residency period. Thus, unless the applicant for a Residency already has an M.S. or Ph.D. degree, the Residency will last three years (for most Clinical Specialty Boards) or 3 to 4 years (for Radiology Boards) and will include completion of the M.S. degree. There is flexibility in scheduling when Residents take graduate credit courses and when they conduct their research.

All residents have a supervising Diplomate, who is Board Certified in the appropriate area of study, and also have committees that supervise their clinical and graduate programs. Residencies are offered in the specialties of Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Dentistry, Dermatology, Emergency and Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Surgery, and Theriogenology. These residencies are based in the following sections of VCM: Anesthesiology; Equine Medicine and Surgery; Farm Animal Reproduction, Medicine, and Surgery; Imaging/Radiation Therapy; Small Animal Medicine; Small Animal Surgery; Specialty Medicine. Clinical Pathology Residencies are available in the department of Veterinary Pathobiology ( and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Residencies are available in the department of Veterinary Biosciences (

Residents are expected to attend and give staff seminars and to assist in the clinical and laboratory teaching of students in the Professional program. It must be emphasized that, as in most advanced training programs, much of the initiative to obtain knowledge is left to the individual, and the benefit the Resident derives from the program will be directly related to the effort the Resident is willing to expend.

All Residents will be required to write at least one paper during their Residency. They are encouraged to publish not only for their own development but also to fulfill the eligibility requirements of the appropriate Clinical Specialty Board.

Residents are expected to obtain Illinois licensure, although it is not mandatory. Graduates from non-AVMA accredited schools may not be able to take the licensure examination unless they have completed the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program (

Residents are initially appointed for one year, and continuation in the program each year is contingent upon mutual satisfaction of the Resident, the supervising Diplomate, the Resident's Section Head, and the Head of the Department of VCM. Residents are entitled to 10 working days of vacation each year, in addition to the regular national holidays.

Residencies start on or after July 15 and are usually filled via the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (

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