North Central College - Naperville, IL

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Why choose pre-veterinary medicine at North Central College?

Admission to veterinary school is very competitive. There are only 28 schools in the country accredited to award a doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M) degree. By studying at North Central College, you can experience opportunities that can give you the edge you need to gain admission to veterinary school.

At North Central, you’ll study biology, chemistry and other subjects. You’ll be pushed to master writing and communication skills that will help prepare you to relate to animal owners. You’ll get to know the professors who teach in North Central’s smaller classes, and when you need a letter of recommendation your teachers will know just what to say about you.

North Central College is ideally located in Chicago’s western suburbs, where you’ll find plenty of opportunities to job shadow veterinarians or volunteer at animal care facilities like the Naperville Area Humane Society.

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Graduate schools (or Veterinary schools)

Graduates have been accepted at:

  • University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Champaign-Urbana, IL
  • University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Science, Madison, WI
  • The Ohio State University, Galbreath Equine Center, Columbus, OH
  • Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, CO
  • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, AL

Graduates include:

  • Doctor of veterinary medicine/owner, Shirkey Veterinary Clinic, Coal City, IL
  • Veterinary technician, Chicago Veterinary Emergency Service, Chicago
  • Veterinarian, The Dairy Authority, Denver, CO
  • Veterinarian, Green Trails Animal Clinic, Lisle, IL
  • Professional dog trainer, animal behavior counselor and director of training, Fine Canine Dog Training & Animal Rentals, Elmhurst, IL


  • Intern in equine medicine and surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Sport horse intern, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, KY

Kylie’s interest in veterinary medicine began in high school when she first shadowed a veterinarian at her local animal clinic. Since then, Kylie’s interest and involvement in her major have skyrocketed.

 “The fast-paced teamwork among colleagues to problem solve intrigues me, but I am even more amazed by the artistry behind surgery.”

Kylie has taken every possible opportunity to reach her goal of becoming a large-animal veterinarian or veterinary surgeon. She is involved on campus with summer science research, the biological honors society and the student entrepreneurial organization. Off campus, Kylie works at the local animal hospital, volunteers at the Naperville Humane Society and has...

Veterinary Medicine major

Joel plans to become a veterinary researcher and wanted his college experience to help him reach his goal.

“My high school was known for its large student population,” he says. “For college, I wanted to get a more personal experience with my professors and classmates. North Central was the perfect fit.”

Joel says he’s received this individual attention at North Central with professors helping him find connections between animal physiology, cell biology, biochemistry and other science courses. He participated in Beta Beta Beta biological honors society, where he bonded with others who shared his interest in biology.

“The camaraderie that exists among the staff and students at North Central...

Graduate Student of Veterinary Medicine

When Britni Miller was considering veterinary schools, she noticed they gave “great consideration” to her application showing her as a North Central College graduate. “They know that we have a high quality education and have invested the time, effort and work that is required to succeed in medical school,” she says.

Britni says the opportunity to conduct research at North Central “gave me great experience for applying to veterinary school, and I have since used the knowledge and skills I gained from my research experience in my veterinary internships.”

Her decision to major in biology prepared her for entry into the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, she says.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Getting into veterinary school is no small feat. Lauren is grateful she’s had so many opportunities to bolster her credentials at North Central College.

The biology major has performed research with faculty members, been an active member of the student-run Pre-Health Organization and studied a wide range of sciences to prepare for the next stage of her academic journey.

Her professors have been there to assist her every step of the way.

“They really make you feel comfortable about approaching them with questions, and they’re really passionate about the subject matter of their courses—it shows in...