International Programs

Illinois Students

University of Illinois Veterinary Students

Illinois students are encouraged to expand their horizons. Illinois offers a course in international veterinary medicine, and faculty-organized and -led trips provide intensive experiences in other countries each summer.

Many Illinois students take advantage of veterinary service trips organized through non-governmental organizations or utilize opportunities to study at other veterinary institutions.

Each student contributes to a record of the trip, which is posted online in blog form to benefit others interested in international veterinary medicine.

University of Illinois Resources

Hear from Illinois Students

[Tanzania study abroad group poses together on a cliff]

Tanzania; Spay, Neuter, and Infectious Disease Control, 2016

“This experience has been so rewarding and no doubt will remain the most memorable of my clinical year.  I have gained confidence as a surgeon by honing old skills and learning new skills.”

– Sara Beard, Briana Grymonprez,  Julie Nelson, Gosia Pajak, and Ariella Samson, Tanzania, Spay, Neuter, and Infectious Disease Control, 2016

Read the whole blog post. 

[Vecere poses with an elephant while studying abroad in South Africa]

South Africa, Selati Wildlife Experience Program, 2017

“By the end of my first week I already thought I was in heaven – then we spent two days trying to dart and treat an injured leopard, and the end result was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me to monitor his anesthetic levels in the field while seeing true wildlife medicine in play.”

– Gina Vecere, South Africa, Selati Wildlife Experience Program, 2017

Read the whole blog post.

[Taylor Jones poses in front of a waterfall while studying abroad in Brazil]

Brazil, Study Abroad Trip, 2017

“I had the opportunity to explore a different culture and country, observe a ‘day in the life of a zoo/wildlife veterinarian,’ and work with two more famous Brazilian veterinarians at Refugio and Parque Das Aves. Even with this trip only being two weeks, I somehow made connections in a field that desperately requires for me to have some.”

– Taylor Jones, Brazil, Study Abroad, 2017

Read the whole blog post.



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