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Pre-veterinary Medicine
Pre-veterinary Medicine

Most state veterinary schools give priority to sudents from their state. Illinois residents commonly apply to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine after having earned a bachelor’s degree. Alternatives to state veterinary schools are a few private schools you may consider. These schools do not typically favors students from a specific state.

We strongly recommend that you take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) during the spring of your junior year. Recommendation letters from faculty and the Health Science Recommendations Committee should be arranged for during the fall semester of your junior year.


What is veterinary medicine?

Veterinary medicine is the medical science of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in animals. It broadly encompasses all domesticated and wild animals and the wide range of conditions which can collectively or uniquely affect species. Doctors of veterinary medicine practice internal medicine and surgery. They also work to benefit human health and well-being through the monitoring and control of infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans, maintaining healthy livestock, and mental health by keeping pets healthy and long living. Much like human physicians, most veterinarians choose to specialize in some aspect of veterinary practice.

What should my major be?

Pre-veterinary medicine (pre-vet) studies prepare undergraduate students for admission to a veterinary medical school. Normally, this requires completion of a bachelor’s degree including a significant number of science courses. Most veterinary profession schools do not require that you study a specific academic major. Many students choose Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology because there is significant overlap of major courses and pre-vet prerequisites. However, we recommend that if you have a passion in another area, you can and should major in that area. Graduates who do this find they can incorporate this area of passion into their professional life for a more satisfying career. Our expert pre-health profession advisor will help you understand and choose courses that are required for entry into the veterinary schools of your choice. Academic preparation needed for careers veterinary medicine integrate readily with majors in the College of Science and others.

Why Benedictine?

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Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers specialized advising for all students interested in a healthcare profession, regardless of their major. Our nationally-recognized faculty enjoy engaging students at all levels in investigative research in their laboratories, often presenting their work at national, professional conferences. Our students are active in the many student organizations on campus, athletics, and campus ministries, all of which contribute to a broadly fulfilling college experience.

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119