Most students accepted into a four-year professional veterinary medicine program have earned a baccalaureate degree before they enter that program. Many pre-veterinary students at EIU prepare for application for admission to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, since preference is given to Illinois residents. A limited number of seats are available to non-resident students.
Application is made during the spring semester of the junior year through a centralized application service (VMCAS), and a student may apply to many schools simultaneously. Acceptance to the professional school is based on the grade point average in college courses, scores on the Graduate Record Exam, letters of recommendation, and experience in the field of veterinary medicine.
For additional information, including links to the VMCAS, visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website.
The minimum requirements for admission to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine* include:
|Biological Sciences - 8 Semester Hours|
|BIO 1500 - General Biology I|
|BIO 3120 - Molecular and Cellular Biology|
|Chemistry - 19 Semester Hours|
|CHM 1310G/1315G and 1410/1415 - General Chemistry I & II with labs|
|CHM 2440/2445 and 2840/2845 - Organic Chemistry I & II with labs|
|CHM 3450 - Biochemistry|
|Physics - 8 Semester Hours|
|PHY 1151G/1152G and 1161/1162 - General Physics I & II with labs|
|English Composition/Speech - 6 Semester Hours|
|ENG 1001G + ENG 1002G OR CMN 1310G|
|Humanities and Social Sciences - 12 Semester Hours|
|Upper Division Science Electives - 12 Semester Hours|
|Examples: BIO 3200, 3300, 3520, 3620, 3624, 4751, 4830,4836, 4958|
*These prerequisites are typical of most veterinary medical colleges. Students should work with the University Pre-Health Professions Advisor to confirm admission requirements for other veterinary medical colleges and visit the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR) website.