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The graduate certificate in Veterinary Science is designed by veterinary professors for future veterinary students and animal health professionals. 


Why the CVS?

Welcome to the Certificate of Veterinary Science Degree at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine – a program that stands out for its unique blend of comprehensive coursework, personalized mentorship, and unparalleled support on your journey toward a successful veterinary career.

Key Features That Make Our Program Unique:

  1. Tailored Graduate Courses:
     Deep dive into the foundations of veterinary science and connect the core sciences of undergraduate studies with the clinical experiences of veterinary medicine. Apply the principles of physics, chemistry, and biology to real world applications. Discover why vet schools want you to learn basic sciences and how that knowledge can open up a wealth of career opportunities.
  2. Coaching for Academic Competencies:
    Veterinary medicine is about more than just taking care of animals. Our esteemed faculty members offer individualized mentorship to help you develop the professional skills to succeed in getting into veterinary school and beyond.
  3. Day 1 Readiness:
    Gain a head start to the first year of veterinary school with our Day 1 Readiness program. Be prepared for the academic rigors and challenges that await, ensuring a smooth transition into the veterinary education journey. Nothing can prepare you for veterinary medicine quite like the experiences you already have.
  4. Network Building:
    Our program draws students from across North America, and all over the world. A highlight of our program is that you get to meet, interact, discuss, and learn from students with various interests and backgrounds, in real time. The CVS program is built to create not just a strong academic and professional foundation, but also the beginnings of a network of friends and colleagues to continue with you after the certificate is complete.
  5. Comprehensive Academic Development Services:
    Our tightknit community prides itself on helping you in areas that you need it most. We understand that veterinary sciences is an in-depth, multidimensional study and we strive to provide you with holistic support for your professional endeavor.
  6. Guidance on Professional Skills:
    The support for the Certificate program extends to University of Illinois main campus. If you are looking for support in writing a cover letter, an impactful personal essay, or insight into mastering the interview process, our comprehensive career counseling center is available to provide the sounding board that you need.
  7. Transcript and Certificate:
    Upon successful completion of the program, receive a transcript and certificate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Showcase your dedication and expertise to future employers or admission committees, reinforcing your qualifications and commitment to veterinary excellence.

Join us on this transformative journey, where academic excellence, mentorship, and personalized support converge to shape the future leaders of veterinary science. Elevate your career prospects with a Certificate of Veterinary Science from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Program Objectives

  1. Foundation for Veterinary School Success:
    Establish a robust foundation that equips students with the essential knowledge and skills necessary for success in veterinary school.
  2. Application of Health Science Principles:
    Gain a comprehensive understanding of the application of basic principles of health science in addressing and resolving diverse animal health problems.
  3. Enhanced Veterinary Applications:
    Strengthen and better prepare veterinary school applications by acquiring specialized knowledge and practical skills that demonstrate a commitment to excellence in animal health.
  4. Confidence and Competence in Critical Thinking:
    Develop a high level of confidence and competence in critical thinking specifically geared towards solving complex animal health problems, fostering the ability to analyze, diagnose, and propose effective solutions.

By aligning these program objectives, students will not only be well-prepared for the challenges of veterinary school but will also possess a strong foundation in health science principles and critical thinking, making them adept at addressing real-world animal health issues.

Learner Experience

Embarking on the journey of pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Sciences promises a rich and collaborative learning experience. As a student in this program, you will find yourself immersed in a vibrant community of learners, guided by the expertise of Dr. Brian Aldridge, an Associate Clinical Professor renowned in both the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Medicine.

  1. Case-Based Learning:
    Work closely with your peers in small groups to analyze and solve clinical case studies. This collaborative and interactive approach fosters a deeper understanding of veterinary sciences and enhances problem-solving skills.
  2. Live Grand Rounds Sessions:
    Engage in dynamic discussions led by College of Veterinary Medicine faculty. These live grand rounds sessions will present real medical cases, providing a unique opportunity to delve into practical scenarios.
  3. Guidance from Industry Experts:
    Benefit from a low student-to-instructor ratio, with one instructor assigned to every nine students. This ensures personalized attention and guidance throughout the program.
  4. Problem-Based Learning:
    Embrace a problem-based learning methodology, allowing you to actively apply theoretical knowledge to real-world situations. This approach not only strengthens your grasp of concepts but also hones your ability to think critically and strategically.
  5. Resume and Personal Statement Support:
    Receive valuable guidance on crafting effective resumes and personal statements. This additional support helps you showcase your newfound skills and experiences as you take the next steps in your veterinary career.
  6. One-on-One Mentoring:
    Build a meaningful connection with your instructor through one-on-one mentoring sessions. These sessions go beyond academic discussions, providing mentorship and career counseling tailored to your individual goals.
  7. Student Mentorship Program:
    Access a team of veterinary student mentors who bring firsthand experience and insights into the program. This peer mentorship initiative enriches your learning experience and provides a supportive network within the student community.

In choosing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Science, you’re not just gaining knowledge; you’re becoming part of a collaborative and supportive community where hands-on learning, mentorship, and practical skill development converge to prepare you for the next exciting chapter in your veterinary career.

Who Should Apply?
  1. Aspiring Veterinary School Students:
    Individuals considering veterinary school who want to strengthen their application by gaining foundational knowledge and skills in anatomy, physiology, and animal health management.
  2. Non-Veterinarian Professionals Seeking Knowledge:
    Professionals from diverse fields who are not veterinarians but wish to acquire in-depth knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and animal health management, possibly for career enhancement or transition.
  3. Pre-Veterinary Students Seeking a Solid Foundation:
    Students on the path to veterinary school who aim to build a strong foundation for success by taking courses that focus on the concepts taught in the first year of veterinary school.
  4. Applicants Looking to Enhance Veterinary School Applications:
    Individuals looking to enhance their veterinary school application by completing the Certificate of Veterinary Science program, demonstrating a commitment to furthering their education and understanding of veterinary sciences.
  5. Candidates Filling the Gap Between Degrees:
    Students who have completed their undergraduate degree and are seeking to fill the gap between their undergraduate education and the rigor of veterinary school through specialized courses.
  6. Individuals Ready to Deepen Competence in Critical Thinking:
    Applicants who are ready to deepen their confidence and competence in critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, essential skills for success in veterinary school and future practice.
Time Commitment

12 Week, Full-Time Program

The 12-week program is intensive and full-time, making it challenging to balance with a full-time job.

2 Semester, Part-Time Program

The program consists of two semesters and is designed to be part-time, allowing students to balance it with work and other priorities.

Trying to decide if this program is the right fit for you?

We would be happy to answer any questions you have.

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