Veterinary Medicine at Illinois

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[two baby Virginia opossums]

Watch the Critter Cam Livestream

Aug 5, 2019 / General News

Now Livestreaming: Opossum Orphans The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic—a non-profit organization that provides care and treatment to sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals—will feature a different patient each week on ...

Twin cats, Lucy and Violet, lay together.

Cat Fights Autoimmune Disease

Jul 29, 2019 / Patient Stories

Lucy arrived at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital severely anemic with a red-blood-cell count barely compatible with life. WIth a strong family behind her, a caring doctor before her, and the suuport of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching ...

[Francisco the betta fish]

Francisco the Fish Visits the Vet

Jul 24, 2019 / General Care / Fish

Seek Help If Your Fish Exhibits Abnormal Behaviors Of course you’d take your cat or dog to see a veterinarian when there’s a health concern. But what do you do when your sick pet is a fish? Leslie, a third-year student at the ...

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Our Groundbreaking Program

Year:

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.