University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Microbiology Residency Training

The veterinary microbiology residency program is offered through the College of Veterinary Medicine together with the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine (VCM) and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). There are three areas within the program.

  • Bacteriology and Mycology
  • Virology
  • Immunology

The resident will receive trainings in all three areas under two ACVM board-certified diplomates and three faculty members. Residency training will be dedicated to veterinary diagnostic services with diverse cases from companion animals, food animals, and wildlife/exotic animal samples using contemporary diagnostic techniques. Participating in research projects and potential post-training education will be available to gain more academic experience.


This program is designed as a three-year residency, which will have qualified the participants for ACVM Board Certification in Bacteriology and Mycology, Virology, or Immunology. The mission of the program is to train veterinarians with the goal of obtaining competency, expertise, and leadership in the field of microbiology. In conjunction with veterinary microbiology training, residents will complete graduate training through either the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine or Department of Pathobiology. The baseline graduate program is a non-thesis master’s degree. Residents also have the option (and are encouraged) to pursue a full thesis-based master’s degree or PhD.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a major comprehensive land-grant institution and a world leader in cross-disciplinary research with world-class resources such as the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and the Institute for Genomic Biology. The College of Veterinary Medicine houses the full-service Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, full-service Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the academic departments of Comparative Biosciences, Pathobiology and Veterinary Clinical Medicine that are actively engaged in research. Champaign-Urbana is located in east-central Illinois, is 2 hours from Chicago, 2 hours from Indianapolis, and 3 hours from St. Louis.


Click here to view the posting for the Three-Year, Post-DVM, Veterinary Microbiology Resident.


For additional information please contact one of the following:

Emergency Contacts

Please call 217-333-1620,

select option #1 for the

VDL On-Call Pathologist.