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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.

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Non-Biology Advising Sheet

Necessary Undergraduate Coursework

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. 

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Pre-Health Professions Advising

Eastern Illinois University
Life Sciences Building - 2072
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-7141

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Eastern Illinois University
9th Street Hall - 2100
600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston 61920

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