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.
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.
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.
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