The accrediting body for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the United States is the Council on Education (COE) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The most recent site visit by the COE at the University of Illinois was in the spring of 2006, after which the College again was afforded “full accreditation.” The next scheduled site visit to the University of Illinois is in 2013.

The COE requires that all accredited Colleges of Veterinary Medicine publish their average pass rate for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). The AVMA standard for NAVLE pass rates is 80% (the percentage of each senior class taking the examination in November-December and March-April of the final year of veterinary school). The Illinois average pass rate for each year that the NAVLE has been administered is listed below:


05-06 06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14
Illinois 95% 94% 96% 94% 95% 98% 96% 94% 98%


 Requirements for Graduation
The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has approved the requirements for graduation. In order to graduate each veterinary student must complete 156 total semester hours, of which 8 are elective and the remainder are core requirements.

Licensing Requirements for the State of Illinois

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Process for Withdrawal – Dismissal policies

In order to avoid academic penalty, students must withdraw from class(es) before the official University drop date. The College may permit a drop without penalty after the drop date in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances. All students who withdraw from the DVM program can be readmitted only by action of the CVM Scholastic Petitions Committee.

Students who withdraw from the College are responsible for returning any supplies, equipment, keys, etc. in their possession which belong to the College. The student should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (2271G VMBSB) for guidelines for returning material which has been checked out to the student.

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