University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

2001 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 333-2760
Status: Full Accreditation

The University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine is devoted to training, graduating and providing veterinary scientists who work to improve human, animal and environmental health. The college has a wonderful outreach program that helps thousands of animals and owners, plus through research facilities, students help with contributions to science and facilitate the translation of discoveries in theoretical sciences into biomedical applications.

Located in Chicago, the College of Veterinary Medicine offers a 4-year DVM degree program. Currently, 120 first-year veterinary students are enrolled each fall semester. Combined degree programs are also offered, giving students a DVM plus a Master’s in Public Health, or a DVM plus a PhD for students wanting into a research career.

Educational Requirements

During the first couple years, students develop knowledge of the basic sciences with courses such as Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology, and Pharmacology. Over the following year students enroll in medicine and surgery courses and learn diagnostic and surgical skills in laboratories. During the final year of the 4-year doctoral program, students work with veterinary faculty, clients, and patients in the College’s teaching hospital and diagnostic laboratory. Due to rotation policies, students learn about a variety of animals including small and large animals, food animal, equine medicine and surgery, radiology, anesthesiology, field service, and diagnostics. Beyond the initial four years, hopeful students who have excelled in their academics and extra curricular activities (volunteers work, etc.) may apply for residency and internship programs. These programs are also competitive to get into, so its important students understand what it takes.

Departments and Units

  • Pathobiology
  • Veterinary Biosciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Medicine
  • Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Teaching Hospital

Tuition and Fees

In 2009, students who went to UI College of Veterinary Medicine paid tuition on a large scale. Residents of Illinois paid $19,240 per academic year, while non-residents paid up to $37,704 per academic year. For 12 or more credit hours residents incurred fees of $9,620 per semester, while non-residents incurred fees of $18,852 per semester. The difference between this college and other veterinary schools is that the tuition rate for each of the four years is steady and doesn’t fluctuate.

2009 Class Profile

Type: Public

GPA: Not under 2.5 to continue education each year

Resident 1st Year Tuition: $19,240

Total Resident Cost for 4 Years: $76,960

Non-Resident 1st Year Tuition: $37,704

Total Non-Resident Cost for 4 Years: $150,816