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Course content

The MS degree prepares students to be lifelong learners in careers involving specialty clinical practice, teaching, industry, government, or research. The requirements for the MS can usually be completed within two years.

The student receives training in planning research projects and writing research proposals and gains the ability to conduct research both independently and within teams of scientists from various biomedical or agricultural fields. The student also gains experience in clinical teaching and critical review of the literature, which will serve as the basis for delivering instruction within their discipline.


Expertise in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine spans a wide range of clinical specialties. Most faculty spend a significant proportion of their time delivering or supervising the care of patients in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (http://vetmed.illinois.edu/animal-care/veterinary-teaching-hospital/). This clinical service integrates the training and education of residents, interns, and veterinary students who are engaged with patient care

In addition to teaching as part of patient care delivery, departmental faculty teach and lecture in core courses and electives in the veterinary degree program and in graduate student seminars. Most also engage in continuing education for veterinary professionals through publications in practice-oriented journals, presentations at professional meetings, or delivery of online continuing education modules. Many take on leadership roles nationally or internationally in the professional associations devoted to their area of specialty.

Research is very often focused on advancing the standards of patient care, addressing problems that arise in the patient population that they see. Innovations developed for human patients are frequently adapted to animal patients. For example, a real-time imaging device that could allow oncologic surgeons to ensure that they have excised all of a tumor without having to wait for a pathologist’s report is being borrowed from breast cancer surgery and applied to canine cancers.

Medical advances sometimes originate in veterinary medicine and move to human medicine: chemotherapeutic approaches to osteosarcoma that have proven effective in naturally occurring cancers of dogs treated at our hospital are beginning trials in people with cancer.

Veterinary Clinical Medicine faculty frequently use clinical trials (http://vetmed.illinois.edu/vth/services/clinical_trials.html) to answer specific questions about new therapies and drugs. Patients at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital may be eligible to enroll in a clinical trial that offers cutting-edge treatments at a reduced cost to the animal owner.

Faculty are dedicated not only to animal health and welfare, but to improvement of human and environmental well-being through improved understanding of the human-animal bond, food production systems, and ecosystem health.

How to apply

The departmental application must include all of the following:

- Letter of intent
- Curriculum vitae
- Official transcripts from each university that the applicant has attended
- Three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant’s potential for graduate studies

These must be mailed to:

Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Graduate Program
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1008 West Hazelwood Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61802
For additional information, contact the department: 217-333-5310; email [email protected]

Foreign applicants must also include the following in their departmental application:

Evidence of financial support (such support should be discussed with the department head before formal application is made)
Evidence of satisfactory performance on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) exam for students for whom English is not their native language. A satisfactory TOEFL score is at least 550 (on the paper based test) or 213 (on the computer-based test); these TOEFL scores are the minimum required by the Graduate College.





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