Veterinary Medicine

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Your path to Vet School starts here …

Navigating the path to a veterinary medical school can be complex. We're here to guide you every step of the way.

Plan Your Path to Vet School

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  • Choose an Ideal Vet School: Each vet school sets its own specific course requirements for undergraduate students. By familiarizing yourself with these prerequisites, you can strategically plan your academic schedule at UIS to align with your desired school.
  • When choosing which schools to apply to, it's important to weigh a variety of factors. These include the school's geographical location, the characteristics of the student body, and the nature of the curriculum.
  • The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) provides many resources for prospective students, including a vet school directory.  
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  • Course of Study Planning: Your journey to a pharmacy school requires careful planning. From selecting the right prerequisites to aligning your courses with vet school requirements, our advisors are here to tailor a plan that suits your goals.
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  • Connect with our Pre-Health Community: We are here to help and connect you with others on a similar path. These connections are not merely supportive—they're transformative, opening doors to mentorship, hands-on experience, and collaborative projects that will shape your journey in healthcare. Embrace the community of faculty, staff, students, and professional mentors around you!


Each vet school sets its own unique requirements, yet there are several standard prerequisites you're likely to encounter. Here's an overview of the commonly required courses.

What to take at UIS

General ChemistryCHE 141 and CHE 142
Organic ChemistryCHE 267/268 AND CHE 269/271
General BiochemistryCHE 475 (CHE 476 Lab Optional)
BiologyBIO 141 and BIO 142
MicrobiologyBIO 231/232 OR BIO 495
Physics (Algebra Based)ASP 201 AND ASP 202
Anatomy and Physiology BIO 201/202 OR BIO 429/431
MathMAT 115 AND MAT 121
Note: Some classes require prerequisites—Be sure to plan your path with an advisor.

General Advice

Thinking of becoming a veterinarian? Explore the many pre-vet student resources provided by the AAVMC.

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