Veterinary Mentoring Program

The Anti-Cruelty Society, in partnership with The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, offers an exciting program for high school students with a serious interest in veterinary medicine or animal science related careers. The Veterinary Mentoring Program is an academic program that introduces students to the many areas of science that they will encounter in veterinary school. Students attend seminars one Saturday a month at which they explore various topics and learn how clinical science is used to diagnosis and treat injury and disease in animals. They also become exposed to what college level course work will be like.

Students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Students must be enrolled in 10th through 12th grade and have completed at least one biology course.
  • Students must have at least a 3.00 overall grade point average verified by a teacher or guidance counselor (or equivalent if using a different grading scale).
  • Students must have a serious interest in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine or animal related sciences and a proven aptitude for science.
  • Students must be able to attend a two hour seminar one Saturday per month at The Anti-Cruelty Society.

Applications for the academic year will be available in April. For more information, or to receive an application, contact us at

Students are eligible to receive a badge through Chicago City of Learning by participating in the vet mentoring program and meeting certain minimum requirements. For details on this badge, click here.



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