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: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply
college website: College of Veterinary Medicine
department website: https://vetmed.illinois.edu/college-organization/veterinary-clinical-medicine/
college office: 242 Small Animal Clinic, 1008 West Hazelwood Drive, Urbana, IL 61802
Graduate Degree Programs in Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Medicine: Veterinary Clinical Medicine Research Scholars, MS
Veterinary Clinical Medicine: Veterinary Clinical Medicine Research Scholars, PhD
Joint Degree Program: Veterinary Medical Scholars Program
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:
equine medicine and surgery
farm animal reproduction (theriogenology)
small animal medicine (emergency and critical care, internal medicine)
small animal surgery
specialty medicine (cardiology, dentistry, dermatology, oncology, ophthalmology)
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.
A limited number of research associate positions are available.