Incoming veterinary students have the opportunity to get acquainted at the Illinois Veterinary Leadership Experience (iVLE) before classes start.
ORIENTATION ACTIVITIES: August 14-18, 2023
FORMS: TO BE SUBMITTED BY 8 AM, JULY 9
- 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
- Big Sib/Little Sib Questionnaire (Due by July 7)
- Blue Coat Questionnaire (Due by June 19)
- Register for Classes (as soon as possible)
- Illinois SAVMA Membership and Supply List (link coming soon)
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
TASKS: TO BE COMPLETED BY 8 AM, AUGUST 16
- Acquire I-Card (University Identification Card)
- Parking Permit
- Computer Requirements
- Proof of Rabies Immunization Information (Sent ONLY to the College of Veterinary Medicine). You must complete the vaccination series before entering the fall semester.
- VTH Orientation Instructions/Training (Nothing to be done at this time – postponed until closer to start of clinical rotations)
- Information Security Confidentiality Form (Nothing to be done at this time – postponed until closer to start of clinical rotations)
BLUE COAT CEREMONY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 1:00 PM
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 ceremony will be on the afternoon of Sunday, August 20, 2023 at 1:00 pm, lasting approximately two hours. The location for this year’s Blue Coat ceremony is the iHotel and Illinois Conference Center, 1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820 (corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road). A reminder email will be sent closer to the date of the Ceremony, including a map of the location. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony serving appetizers and beverages.
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 Blue Coat Questionnaire (due date: June 19) you will receive this summer. This questionnaire will require you to log in with your University credentials, so please be sure to claim your netID.
COURSES, ELECTIVES, AND MORE
|First Year Fall Schedule|
|Required Core Courses|
Structure & Function I
|9.5||Lecture (AL1)||54952||9-12, 1-2||9-10, 1-3||9-12, 1-2||9-10||9-12, 1-2|
Clinical Practice I
|Remainder of time will be spent in clinical rotations|
Professionalism & Personal Wellness
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):
- 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.