Interested in a Career in Veterinary Medicine?

The general pre-requisite courses for colleges of veterinary medicine are shown below in the table. These requirements can vary widely by institution, so students are strongly urged to obtain information from all schools of interest and be sure to incorporate the required courses into their four-year plan.

English (6 hrs.) ENG 101 and ENG XXX
Calculus (3 hrs.) MATH 211
Statistics (3 hrs.) PSYC 250
General physics with labs (8 hrs.) PHYS 201-202
General chemistry with labs (8 hrs.) CHEM 121-122
Organic chemistry with labs (8 hrs.) CHEM 221-222
Introductory biology with lab (4 hrs.) BIOL 111
Genetics BIOL 222
Microbiology with lab (4 hrs.) BIOL 255, 256L
Biochemistry (3 hrs.) BIOL 324
Humanities/social sciences (6 hrs.) Basic studies
Business/finance (6 hrs.) Any business or finance course, including accounting and economics

All of the above courses must be completed with at least a C-. Students are encouraged to take as many courses as possible to reflect a liberal, but targeted education with the following biomedical-related courses as a guide:

  • BIOL 224 (Cell Biology)
  • BIOL 328 (Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 354 (Comparative Vertebrate Physiology)
  • BIOL 355 (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy)

By the spring of your junior year you should take the General Records Examination, or GRE, (some schools require the Veterinary College Admissions Test, or VCAT), then over the summer begin to complete the Veterinary Medical College Application Service, or VMCAS application. By fall semester of your senior year you should submit the application through VMCAS. Letters of reference are an important component of the process so it is extremely important that you contact your referees very early in the process.

In addition, most schools require completion of the GRE, a test consisting of three sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Each of the multiple-choice sections is scored on a scale of 200 to 800. The average scores for the GRE are about 470 for verbal reasoning and 570 for quantitative reasoning. The analytical writing section is scored on a scale of 0 to 6. Some schools also require that applicants take the GRE subject test in biology. Applications to take the test can be obtained online or by contacting:

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