The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine has been providing veterinary education and medical services since 1870, when weekly horse clinics were held for local residents. Today, the college consists of three academic departments: comparative biosciences, pathobiology, and veterinary clinical medicine.
The college offers a wide range of veterinary services and programs ranging from general and emergency care to equine services and the Shelter Medicine Program. The Shelter Medicine Program strives to improve the well-being of shelter animals through education services and efforts to reduce animal overpopulation. In addition to low-cost spay and neuter programs, the initiative helps vaccinate and microchip unowned animals. Moreover, the program advances the discipline of shelter medicine among veterinary students. For further information on the program, visit http://www.vetmed.illinois.edu.