Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-veterinary medicine students may choose any major, but should work with a preprofessional advisor to plan a course of study that fulfills the pre-veterinary medicine studies requirements as well as the requirements for the major.

The program listed below includes the minimum course work required to apply for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Students desiring to apply should consult the program website to review the two different plans in which students can complete the prerequisite courses. A recommended program of 73 semester hours, exclusive of physical education and basic military science, can be distributed as follows:

Required Courses a
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms b5
BIOS 101Biology of Populations and Communities b5
Upper-level science courses12
Select one of the following general chemistry sequences:10
General Chemistry I Lecture
General Chemistry Laboratory I b,c
General Chemistry II Lecture
General Chemistry Laboratory II b,c
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry I b
Honors and Majors General and Analytical Chemistry II b
CHEM 232Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 452Biochemistry I4
PHYS 105Introductory Physics I - Lecture b,c4
PHYS 106Introductory Physics I - Laboratory b,c1
PHYS 107Introductory Physics II - Lecture b,c4
PHYS 108Introductory Physics II - Laboratory b,c1
Humanities a,d6
Social sciences a,d6
Total Hours74

Students completing an undergraduate degree at UIC must complete the General Education requirements. Students should consult the General Education section and their college/department sections of the catalog for more information on fulfilling these requirements. 


These courses are approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category. 


Each of the following pairs of courses will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements: CHEM 122/CHEM 123; CHEM 124/CHEM 125; PHYS 105/PHYS 106; PHYS 107/PHYS 108


Students should meet with their academic advisor to select courses in the humanities and social sciences that are approved for the Exploring World Cultures, Understanding the Creative Arts, Understanding the Individual and Society, Understanding the Past, and Understanding U.S. Society General Education categories. 

Applicants are also encouraged to obtain work experience in the field of veterinary medicine.

In addition to the course work listed above, applicants to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE should be taken after completion of the minimum pre-veterinary medicine course requirements. Students may obtain an application information packet from the College of Veterinary Medicine that includes an application. Information on the GRE can be obtained from Testing Services, 1070 SSB. The minimum science and cumulative GPA for admission to the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine is 2.75/4.00. The competitive average, however, is considerably above this level at the present time.

Applicants to the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine must apply through the centralized application service (VMCAS) sponsored by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Students are advised to declare an educational goal of pre-veterinary medicine upon entering UIC which will alert them to specific workshops and other pertinent information.

The list of courses above includes the recommended courses for application to the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine. Specific admission requirements of other veterinary medical schools are listed in Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements, which is published by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and may be ordered through the Purdue University Press

Although the minimum requirement for application to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is two years of college credit, few students are admitted at that point. Many students complete at least three years prior to acceptance, and most students have earned a bachelor’s degree.