URBANA – Benjamin Polo, son of Mr. Kevin Polo and Dr. Therese Polo of Carlinville, has been accepted to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana.
Admission to the college — which is one of only 32 veterinary schools in the nation — is highly competitive. Criteria for acceptance include grade point average, admission test scores, background and experience, and personal interviews. Polo is one of 154 members entering the Class of 2026.
Polo’s class will participate in an innovative veterinary curriculum taught only at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois, called the Illinois Integrated Veterinary Professional Curriculum.
Throughout the rigorous four-year program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, coursework in anatomy, physiology, and other sciences will be highly integrated with clinical material and focused on preparing new graduates for clinical practice. In fact, Polo and his classmates will spend eight weeks during the first semester of the program engaging in clinical areas of veterinary practice rather than attending lectures and laboratories. After graduation, Polo must also pass state and national board examinations covering knowledge of companion and food animal medicine in order to become licensed to practice.
Polo graduated from Gillespie High School in 2018. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) in 2022, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He was also involved in FarmHouse Fraternity, Pre-Vet Club, and Ambassadors during his undergraduate career.