Veterinary Medicine

Whether they're pets, livestock or working animals, animals matter to individuals and society. Every community needs veterinary professionals to provide animal health care, but veterinarians also do many other kinds of jobs. They make sure the nation's food supply is safe. They work to control the spread of diseases. They conduct research that helps both animals and humans. Veterinarians are at the forefront of protecting the public's health and welfare... (Learn more from the Association of American Veterinary Colleges, AAVMC)

Prerequisites: Check individual schools as requirements vary widely.

Often include:

  • General Chemistry with lab (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab (2 semesters)
  • Physics with lab (2 semesters)
  • Introductory Biology with lab (2 semesters)
  • Biochemistry (1 semester)
  • Math: 1 semester calculus, 1 semester statistics
  • English (2 semesters)

Sometimes include:

  • Advanced Biology (e.g., Genetics, Microbiology)
  • Public Speaking
  • Required hours of work with animals

For more specific information, see the AAVMC Summary of Course Prerequisites Chart

Application logistics:

  • Apply in the late summer/fall, about 14 months before intended entry.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required by some programs. The GRE comprises three sections: Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Reasoning; and Analytical Writing.
  • Most programs participate in the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). VMCAS opens in May.
  • Veterinary programs do not require a committee letter of recommendation. Program requirements vary, but expect to have at least three letters of recommendation. HPA can store copies of letters of recommendation, but recommenders will ultimately send references through the VMCAS eLOR system.

Find a program: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, College  Description Pages

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