2023-2024 Undergraduate General Catalog

Veterinary Medicine

Most pre-veterinary students choose to major in Biology, but a student may choose to major in any discipline. While veterinary schools look favorably upon an undergraduate record rich in challenging science courses, they also look for a balance between science courses and courses in the humanities and social sciences. Veterinary schools expect that applicants have an understanding of and commitment to the profession, which goes beyond a love of animals. Students are encouraged to learn about veterinary medicine through internships, volunteer experiences and employment.

The admission requirements vary considerably among veterinary schools. A student interested in a career in veterinary medicine should identify the veterinary schools in which he or she is interested as early as possible. Pre-veterinary students should consult with their advisors and the coordinator on a regular basis to discuss course selection and application procedures.

Veterinary schools select students on the basis of: 1) undergraduate academic performance; 2) GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score; 3) letters of evaluation from professors and other professional people; and 4) a personal interview. Admission to veterinary school is competitive.