Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-veterinary medicine students may choose any major, but should work with a Pre-Health 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 for students who plan to complete a BS/BA prior to entry. Students desiring to apply without a bachelor's degree should consult "Plan B" on the program website  http://vetmed.illinois.edu/education/doctor-veterinary-medicine-degree/admissions/prerequisites.

Required Courses a
BIOS 100Biology of Cells and Organisms b5
BIOS 101Biology of Populations and Communities b5
Select one of the following general chemistry sequences:10
General Chemistry I Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory I b,c
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II b,c
OR
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 II (recommended)4
BIOS 352Introductory Biochemistry3-4
or BIOS 452 Biochemistry I
or CHEM 452 Biochemistry I
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
Total Hours43-44
a

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. 

b

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

c

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

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. 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 Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) http://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx. VMCAS opens in May; the UIUC College of Veterinary Medicine deadline is September 15. 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 on the VMCAS website (http://www.aavmc.org/data/files/vmcas/prereqchart.pdf). A comprehensive overview of the veterinary admission process is available in the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VSMSAR) publication. The VMSAR is published by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and may be ordered through the Purdue University Press http://www.aavmc.org/Publications/VMSAR.aspx.

Although the minimum requirement for application to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through "Plan B" is two years of college credit, few students are admitted at that point. Most students complete at least three years prior to application and earn a bachelor’s degree before matriculating.