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Summer Launch to Veterinary Medicine is a Course

Summer Launch to Veterinary Medicine

Ended Aug 6, 2023

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This course is designed to acclimate incoming veterinary students to the pace, volume, intensity, and expectations that characterize the US veterinary school curriculum while providing the academic skills required to thrive in this environment. Course content will utilize foundational concepts of animal structure, function, and host defense in a dynamic case-driven problem-based learning format. The team-based learning process will be guided by academic coaches, who will help students begin to develop their professional identity, skill acquisition, academic success, and resilience while encouraging them to maintain personal wellness.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Distill key information into quality study notes that can be used in preparing for large multiple-choice examinations
  • Actively and effectively conceptualize, apply, analyze, and synthesize knowledge through critical thinking in case-based discussions
  • Effectively manage time and incoming information
  • Begin the process of professional identity formation

Course Structure

  • Course Schedule. The course Starts June 26th and ends August 6th.
    • June 26th-July 16th will focus on the Science of Health Homeostasis
    • July 17th-August 6th will focus on the Science of Health Evaluation
  • Live sessions. Students will attend classes M, W, and F 9:00 am-11:00 am
  • Community of learners. Students will be assigned to a learning pod led by a content facilitator and academic coach.
  • No academic credit will be provided for this course. Successful completion will result in a certificate.

Course Registration

  • Course enrollment is limited to students beginning veterinary school in the fall.
  • Illinois veterinary students receive free enrollment. Email:
  • Enrollment Deadline: June 15th.