Above, Dr. Lloyd Helper with his wife, children, and sons-in-law in 2014 when he received the college’s Dr. Erwin Small Distinguished Alumni Award. College Leader, Champion of Students Lloyd Helper, DVM, MS, DACVO The family has ...
Veterinary Medicine at Illinois
And Student’s Career Goals When Courtney Wangler was invited to work in the research lab of Dr. Jim Lowe, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, this summer, she didn’t know that she’d be ...
Ghanaian Student Finds Program ‘Very Helpful’ Akosua Kumi Nyarko is in the fourth year of a six-year veterinary degree program at the University of Ghana. She says a friend told her about an educational opportunity she ...
Advice on Housing, Feeding, Protecting Hedgehogs are not tiny cats or spiny hamsters. Before getting a hedgehog as a pet, you need to understand their unique needs so you can keep it healthy and happy. Luckily, Dr. Spencer Kehoe, the ...
Our Groundbreaking Program
1st Year Highlights
- Hands-on experience starting in the first semester
- Exposure to diverse career opportunities
- Clinical skills center staffed with experienced coaches
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
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
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
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.