Veterinary Clinical Medicine, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Medical Science - Veterinary Clinical Medicine

dean of the college: Peter D. Constable

head of department: Dennis D. French

director of graduate studies: Timothy M. Fan

overview of admissions & requirements:

overview of grad college admissions & requirements:

college website: College of Veterinary Medicine

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college faculty:

college office: 242 Small Animal Clinic, 1008 West Hazelwood Drive, Urbana, IL 61802

phone: 217-333-5310


Graduate Degree Programs in Veterinary Clinical Medicine

Veterinary Clinical Medicine, MS

Veterinary Clinical Medicine: Veterinary Clinical Medicine Research Scholars, MS

Veterinary Clinical Medicine, PhD

Veterinary Clinical Medicine: Veterinary Clinical Medicine Research Scholars, PhD

Joint Degree Program: Veterinary Medical Scholars Program

DVM and Veterinary Clinical Medicine, PhD

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Science. The primary goal of graduate programs in veterinary clinical medicine is to prepare students for careers involving research and/or teaching in a specialty area. Graduate work in veterinary clinical medicine may be pursued in several areas, including:

  • anesthesiology
  • equine medicine and surgery
  • equine theriogeneology
  • farm animal reproduction (theriogenology)
  • medicine
  • surgery
  • imaging/radiation therapy
  • small animal medicine (emergency and critical care, internal medicine)
  • small animal surgery
  • specialty medicine (cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, oncology, ophthalmology)
  • zoological medicine

The department, with the teaching hospital, has facilities and equipment for studying the health and diseases of animals.

After completing graduate work, the student will be able to conduct research both independently and as a team member. Adequate training in planning research projects and writing research proposals will give the student the ability to function with teams of scientists from various areas of the biomedical field. Experience in clinical teaching and literature study will form the basis for the student's development of teaching programs within his or her discipline.

A residency program, designed to train a veterinarian for specialty clinical practice, can be combined with the graduate program. While a graduate program can be accomplished in a shorter time period, the duration of combined programs is usually three years, reflecting the time required to satisfy the objective of each program. Details of the residency program can be obtained from the Program Secretary of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine.


Admission requirements include a doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) degree or equivalent. By petition, non-D.V.M.s may be admitted. Applicants for graduate study in veterinary clinical medicine must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0). Admission averages are computed from the entire professional curriculum or from the last 60 hours of undergraduate studies for those without the D.V.M. degree. Applicants with a grade point average between 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered for admission on limited status on the basis of individual merit. Applicants who have a prior graduate degree or who have completed some graduate course work will be evaluated on the basis of their graduate work as well as their under-graduate or professional records. Acceptance of students must be approved by the department's Graduate Committee.

International applicants must submit evidence of satisfactory performance on TOEFL or other tests designed to test proficiency in English. International students must also submit evidence of financial support.

We are not accepting applications for the M.S./D.V.M. program at this time.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Experience in teaching is considered a vital part of the graduate program and is required as part of the academic work of all M.S. candidates in this program.

Financial Aid

A limited number of research associate positions are available.