Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

Admitted Student Information


[Illinois Class of 2021 at leadership experience]

Incoming veterinary students have the opportunity to get acquainted at the Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience (iVLE) before classes start.

We are looking forward to your arrival on campus and congratulate you on becoming a member of the Class of 2025. We hope you will find this website helpful in getting all your required information completed. We look forward to meeting you and orienting you to the DVM program. Please check this site thoroughly and often for any updates or revisions that may be necessary. If you still need additional information please call us at 217-265-0380 or e-mail us at We are here to help you in any way we can. Dr. Jonathan H. Foreman, Associate Dean;  Alan Upchurch, Academic Program Coordinator; Katherine Irwin, Counselor; Katie King, Office Support Specialist;  Carol Parker, Office Support Specialist;  Laura Smith, Office Support Specialist

    • Student Medical Forms – Contact McKinley Health Center at 217-333-2700 for questions regarding the required forms.
    • Student Medical Forms must to be sent to:

    McKinley Health Center 1109 South Lincoln Avenue Urbana, Illinois 61801

    Mailing address for all admissions correspondence including proof of rabies vaccine and updated transcripts (does not include McKinley Health Center student medical forms):

    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Office of Academic and Student Affairs
    2001 South Lincoln Avenue, Room 2271G
    Urbana, Illinois 61802

  • Blue Coat Information

    The Blue Coat Ceremony is the perfect venue for the College to formally welcome you into the veterinary profession. The blue coat you will receive is your badge as a veterinarian-in-training. It indicates to hospital and basic science personnel your first year status as a student.

    The following is tentative due to COVID:  The ceremony will be on the afternoon of Sunday, August 22, 2021, time TBA, lasting approximately two hours.  It will be held at the I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, IL I Hotel & Conference Center Map.  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony serving appetizers and drinks. Following the reception, we will be offering a student and family member information session. This session will help in orienting you to your new college environment while family members and other interested parties learn what to expect and how to support their new veterinary student during these next four years.  You are requested to RSVP with your number of guests and your blue coat size via the New Student Information Survey you will receive this summer.

  • Fall Schedule

    First Year Fall Schedule
    Course # Course Name Credit Hours Type CRN Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Location
    Required Core Courses 
    VM 602 Structure & Function I 9.5 Lecture (AL1) 54952 1-4 1-4 1-4 1-4 1-4 VMBSB 2251, 2258
    Lab (AB1) 9-12 9-12 9-12 9-12 9-12 VMBSB 1730
    VM 601 Clinical Practice I 4 Lecture 54943 8-9 8-9 8-9 Colloquium: 2251, 2258
    Remainder of time will be spent in clinical rotations
    Elective Courses
    VCM 686 Zoomed: What’s Your Diagnosis? 1 Lec/Disc 54954 5-6  5-6 LAC 100
    VCM 694 Professionalism & Personal Wellness 1 Lec/Disc 54561 4-6 4-6 VMBSB 2271C

     Elective Opportunities

    Students accepted are required to have a total of 8 elective credit hours completed as part of the requirements of the DVM program.  It is customary that students take 1-2 electives per semester in order to try to complete all 8 electives before they enter their fourth year of clinical rotations which start in the spring semester of their third year. The three elective courses available to you in the fall as first year students are (see schedule above):

    • Zoo Med:  What’s Your Diagnosis?
    • Research Project I
    • Professionalism & Personal Wellness

    Students also have the opportunity to request elective credit for experience outside the College of Veterinary Medicine.  This process happens twice a year (April 15 and November 15 deadlines) depending on the dates the student is seeking to attend.  This is a formal process that students can participate in to have their request reviewed by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and/or by the college Educational Policy Committee. Faculty have developed a listing of “streamed” electives which can be taught (subject to change) to have a variety of topics from which to pick. Please see list below.