Prospective Students

Ready to see what the College of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois has to offer? Take a virtual behind-the-scenes tour with a veterinary student by watching our video for prospective students!

Considering a veterinary career?

You’re in the right place.

A career in veterinary medicine blends many avenues of science around all animal species. At the University of Illinois, you’ll find many opportunities to pursue the career path that is right for you.


As a veterinarian, you’ll be dedicated to improving the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment. From your first semester, you’ll learn hands-on veterinary skills in our expansive Clinical Skills Learning Center and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

You can deepen your classroom learning through dozens of student clubs dedicated to particular species, clinical specialties, career building, service, and leadership. You’ll be practice-ready the day you graduate.

Listen to our students talk about the veterinary program at Illinois.

Opportunities Abound
for Veterinarians

What can you do with a DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine?

So many possibilities…

Not interested in private practice? You can work in public health, the military, and other government agencies. Research-focused careers exist in the nutrition and pharmaceutical industries and lab animal medicine oversight.

Want something adventurous? Pursue your passion for zoological animals, wildlife, and species conservation.

  • Specialization in more than 40 areas of practice
  • Shelter Medicine and Animal Welfare
  • Food Safety
  • Bio-Terrorism Research
  • Infectious Disease Control
  • Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals
  • Public Health
  • Food Resource Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Faculty in Veterinary College

Traditional Applicants

If you are currently an undergraduate student or already have a bachelor’s degree, follow this link to go through the steps required to submit your application for our college.

How to Apply

Clinical-Year Students

If your current veterinary college does not offer a clinical year, you can attend Illinois as a clinical-year student and experience our busy referral hospital, primary care service, and Wildlife Medical Clinic.

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Pre-Veterinary FAQs

Are you an aspiring veterinarian wondering about the best choices to make during high school and college?

We’ve got answers