Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

Accreditation information for applicants and students

[Accredited by the AVMA Council on Education]

The Council on Education

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 2013, after which the College again was afforded “full accreditation.”


Requirements for Graduation

The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the University of Illinois Board of Trustees have 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.


Requirements for Licensure in Illinois


Process for Withdrawal – Dismissal policies

  • In order to avoid academic penalty, students must withdraw from class(es) before the official University drop date. View the Academic Calendar
  • 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 college’s Scholastic Petitions Committee.
  • Students who withdraw from the college are responsible for returning any college supplies, equipment, and keys, in their possession.
  • 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.


Outcomes at Graduation

The COE requires that all accredited Colleges of Veterinary Medicine publish their average pass rate for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE).  The COE minimum standard for NAVLE pass rate is 80% (the percentage of each senior class passing the examination in November-December and April of the final year of veterinary school).  The COE further requires that each school publish data on employment rates, salaries, and educational debt.

YearNAVLE pass rateEmployment rateSalary meanSalary medianEducational debt meanEducational debt median
08-09 94% 83.9%53,36960,000114,137120,000
09-10 95% 87.0%50,74860,000119,054132,500
10-11 98% 79.6%55,37562,000131,659150,000
11-12 98% 57.0%49,18852,000151,322160,000
12-13 94% 85.8%55,85663,000149,139160,000
13-14 98% 87.6%56,22965,500141,541160,000
14-15 99% 95.9%59,15166,000156,208175,000
15-16 96% 97.5%55,68566,500149,651173,302
16-17 94% 96.6%62,71770,000140,807159,545
17-18 98% 96.2%72,03980,000156,994171,021


Cost of Attendance

Information on current tuition, fees and cost of living estimates in Champaign-Urbana are available here.

Student Comments

Each accredited college must provide a mechanism for students, anonymously if they wish, to offer suggestions, comments, and complaints regarding compliance of the college with the Standards of Accreditation. The link for currently-enrolled veterinary students at Illinois to make comments on this issue is here.