Veterinary Medicine at Illinois

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Summer Fellowship Advances Swine Flu Research

Jul 15, 2021 / General News

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 ...

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Pandemic Promotes International Participation

Jul 14, 2021 / General News

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 ...

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How to Care for Your Hedgehog

Mar 17, 2021 / General Care / Hedgehog

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 ...

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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

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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.