University of Illinois Veterinary School

University of Illinois Veterinary School strives to be the leader in veterinary and comparative biomedical sciences. Read on to see how University of Illinois will benefit you!

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

University of Illinois Veterinary School’s 4-year DVM curriculum includes clinical rotations beginning on first day of class. The first year focuses on structure and function of the animal. The second year focuses on pathobiology and the third year on medicine and surgery. University of Illinois Veterinary School is located in Urbana-Champaign and is 140 miles south of Chicago. The Veterinary School campus is on the southern edge and includes:

• Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine
• Diagnostic Laboratory
• Teaching Hospital
• Clinical Skills Learning Center – a 1600 square foot facility

University of Illinois Veterinary School


Office of Academic and Student Affairs
Phone: (217) 333-1192
Email: [email protected]

University of Illinois
College of Veterinary Medicine
2001 South Lincoln Ave; Room 2271G
Urbana, IL 61802


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE or MCAT
The GRE is required; MCAT is not permissible as a substitute. The GRE must be taken by August 31. Results must be electronically reported by October 2.

3. Students
Approximately 500 students are currently enrolled in the four year DVM program.

4. Four-year Total Tuition Cost
Based on 2014-2015 tuition rates for the DVM degree

In State Tuition: $104,960 ($26,240/year)
Out of State Tuition:
$180,816 ($45,204/year)

5. Accreditation
University of Minnesota Veterinary School was given
full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next visit is scheduled for 2013.

NAVLE Minimum Pass Rate to remain inGood Standing: 80%
NAVLE pass rate Illinois Vet School:
95% (Class of 2009)
NAVLE – North American Veterinary Licensing Examination

6. School Rank
University of Illinois Veterinary School was ranked #19 by US News and World Reports in 2011.

7. School History
The University of Illinois first began a veterinary program in 1948.

8. Transfer Students


Admissions Information

There is a three-phase process for the admissions process at University of Illinois.

1. Cognitive
2. Non-Cognitive
3. Interview

Applicants are given a score based upon the academic records – GPAs, GRE, and evaluation of academic record.

This score is given by a minimum of 3 members of the Committee who review the application for the following:

• Personal Statement
• Supplemental Essay
• Animal Experience
• Veterinary Experience
• Other work experience
• Community Service
• Leadership
• Initiative
• Awards
• Letters of Reference

This score is 75% of the final decision.


Students who meet the requirements will be offered an interview. Approximately 130 Illinois residents and 200 residents will be interviewed. The interview is behavior-based. The score from the interview represents 25%
of the final decision.

Letters of Recommendation/Evaluations (a total of 3)

1. Veterinarian
2. Professor or academian
3. Others of student’s choice who knows the applicant well and is not related to the applicant


Acceptance Rate
13.2% (120 accepted out of 911 applicants – 2010).


• VMCAS Application Deadline – Oct 2 at 1:00 pm EST
• GRE Score Deadline – Oct 2
• Interviews – mid-February
• Acceptances Mailed – late February to early March


Before you Apply

A bachelor’s degree is NOT required; neither is a specific major as long as the required courses are completed. There are different requirements for those applicants with a degree and those who do not. All pre-requisites must be completed by end of spring term of year of matriculation. No more than two may be incomplete during that spring semester. All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a C- or better.

Pre-requisite Course Requirements for Degree Holders

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (semester hours)

• Biological Sciences with Labs (8)
• Chemical Sciences (inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) and Labs (16)
• Physics and Labs (8)


Pre-requisite Course Requirements for Non-Degree Holders

A minimum of 60 credit hours is required and 44 of those must be science courses.

Math and Science Prerequisite Courses (semester hours)

• Biological Sciences with Labs (8)
• Chemical Sciences (inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) and Labs (16)
• Physics and Labs (8)
• Upper level Science (advanced biology, zoology, anatomy, physiology, histology, microbiology, genetics) (12)

General Education Requirements (semester hours)

• Humanities/Social Sciences (12)
• Composition (3)
• Speech or another Composition (3)


Required Experience
Veterinary and Animal Experience
A specific amount of animal and veterinary medical experience is not required, but a variety of experiences are highly recommended.


Degrees Offered


• Pathobiology
• Comparative Biosciences
• Veterinary Clinical Medicine


• Pathobiology
• Comparative Biosciences
• Veterinary Clinical Medicine

Dual Degree Programs