Which Veterinary Schools Are in Illinois?

Learn about veterinary schools in Illinois. See degree and specialization options, read program requirements and courses, and get career and salary info for the region. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Those wanting to attend veterinary school in the state of Illinois have several options at different degree levels. Get details on three schools with associate's programs, one school with a bachelor's program and one with a doctoral program.

What You Need to Know

Veterinary programs at the associate's, bachelor's and doctoral levels can be found at 2-year and 4-year, public and private colleges and universities in Illinois. You'll have opportunities for clinical experience at the associate's and doctoral levels. An associate's degree program can prepare you to pursue licensure as a veterinary technician, and you can complete the degree in 2 years. Bachelor's and doctoral degree programs will require at least 4 years of study. Read on for more information on veterinary schools in Illinois.

Associate's Degree Programs in Illinois

Joliet Junior College

The associate's program at Joliet Junior College can prepare you for the national exam of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) to become a registered vet technician. Coursework includes training with both large and small animals on clinical pathology, radiography, surgery, kennel management and veterinary anatomy. You'll also participate in supervised clinical rotations and externships to gain practical experience.

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition: $3,450 per year, in-district; $10,508 per year, in-state; $11,187 per year, out-of-state (2015-2016, including fees)
  • Program Prerequisites: Minimum 100 hours of vet-supervised work experience
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 15,800 undergraduate students

Rend Lake College

Rend Lake College's program covers topics such as small and large animal physiology and nutrition, as well as surgery techniques and nursing protocols. Hands-on practical work experience is provided through clinical rotations at local vet facilities. Upon completion of the program, you'll be eligible to take AAVSB's national exam and apply for licensure as a Certified Veterinary Technician.

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition: $3,000 per year, in-district; $4,605 per year, in-state; $4,650 per year, out-of-state (2015-2016, including fees)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; around 2,970 undergraduate students

Shawnee Community College

Through Shawnee Community College's program, you'll receive training on the clinical and technical, as well as administrative, aspects of the veterinary profession. Topics cover animal physiology and anatomy, vet practice management, pharmacology and surgical technology. You'll also gain clinical experience through labs and work outside the classroom. When you've completed your degree, you'll be ready to take the national exam and become licensed.

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Tuition: $3,264 per year, in-district; $5,344 per year, in-state; $5,408, out-of-state (2015-2016, including fees)
  • Program Prerequisites: 2 years high school biology or basic college biology course
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 1,800 undergraduate students

Bachelor's Degree Programs in Illinois

Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University's (SXU) pre-professional program in chemistry is designed to prepare students for medical school, including veterinary school. The chemistry major features intensive studies in chemistry, biology, math and physics and, with their advisors' help, students also select other science courses that will help them qualify for veterinary school. SXU offers the latest chemistry lab facilities with technologies that range from high performance liquid chromatography to atomic absorption spectrophotometry.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Pre-Professional Veterinary Medicine
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: $30,920 per year for undergraduate students (2015-2016, including fees)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; around 3,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students

Doctoral Degree Programs in Illinois

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

This 4-year program provides you with instruction on animal structure, function, pathology, medicine and surgery, as well as substantial time in clinical practice rotations. The final part of the program allows for clinical focus on the species and/or discipline most of interest to you. If you are drawn to veterinary public health work, the University also offers a 5-year dual program through which you can earn DVM and Masters of Public Health degrees simultaneously.

  • Program Name: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: $18,041 per year, resident; $31,231 per year, non-resident (2015-2016, including fees)
  • Program Prerequisites: BS or BA degree with specified coursework; non-degreed with specified coursework/number of coursework hours
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 33,000 undergraduate students and 12,200 graduate students

There are veterinary school programs available at all degree levels in Illinois, each requiring different prerequisites and offering different levels of coursework.

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