University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
The University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine’s recent classes benefit from the university’s far-reaching educational opportunities.
Recent class statistics, according to their website, include a mean grade-point-average of 3.59, with an average science grade-point-average of 3.49. Matriculated students have backgrounds with on-the-job experience working for veterinarians and working with small and large animals. It’s 2012 class saw 120 students accepted for its DVM program with 2/3 state-residents and ? out-of-state residents. As unique as the students’ backgrounds are, the program students experience is just as comprehensive and focused.
“Instead of taking six or seven core courses each semester, Illinois students take only one integrated course, lasting eight weeks, at a time,” explained Christine Beuoy, director of communications and marketing at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, on how the university program works. “Milestone examinations at the end of the fall semester in the second year of the program and before entering clinical rotations midway through spring semester in the third year of the program assess all students with a comprehensive boards-style written exam followed by hands-on testing in 16 clinical skills areas. The six weeks before graduation is devoted to ‘professional development’ experiences individually tailored to each students’ career interests.”
The College of Veterinary Medicine offers DVM students a comprehensive general education with specialized focuses. Beuoy explained how students receive a hands-on educational approach to soft and hard treatment skills for future veterinarians. The innovative Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum, “exposes students to a variety of clinical settings and skills from the first day of the program,” she said.
In the university’s new facility, the Clinical Skills Learning Center, students benefit from seasoned veterinarians and technicians who help teach them skills to effectively treat animals regardless of size. Highlighted skills include, “radiology positioning for large and small animals, rigid and flexible endoscope training, dehorning, critical care, and much more, featuring extensive use of realistic mannequins,” Beuoy said.
The Clinical Skills Learning Center provides veterinarians with the necessary environment to providing the perfect complement for the necessary technical scientific veterinarian skills. To provide veterinarians with real-world client management experience, students are able to capture and review how they put their communication and veterinary medicine skills in to real-world practice through simulated “exam rooms equipped with cameras and microphones to record students as they respond to simulated encounters with clients or coworkers and a main conference room where groups can meet to review recorded sessions and get feedback.”
Veterinary students have further opportunities to work directly with clients and animals in a real-world setting. During the veterinary program, according to Beuoy, students gain more practical insight at the college’s Chicago location, their Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine, providing them invaluable experience, “where they interact with a diverse urban clientele and observe a low-stress animal handling philosophy.”
At a Glance
Location: Urbana, Ill.
Programs: DVM, DVM/MPH, MS, Ph.D., Ph.D., Internship, Residency
Fact: North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) Passing Rates: 96% (2011-2012)
Tuition: $26,240 (Resident) and $45,204 (Non-Resident) (2014-2015 Academic Year)