Veterinary medicine is the application of medical, diagnostic and therapeutic principles to companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife and production animals.
Admission to a college of veterinary medicine does not necessarily require a bachelor’s degree, but the student transferring from an undergraduate institution must carefully check with each veterinary college in which the student is interested to see that the proper prerequisites have been taken.
The following courses are recommended to fulfill the prerequisite requirements for admission to most veterinary colleges. The student is urged to check the prerequisite requirements for admission to each veterinary college in which the student is interested.
Chemistry 1 or 1.1 and 1.2
Biology 34.1, 29, 17, 29.1, 17.1
Biology 45 and 45.1
Biology 52 and 52.2
Chemistry 51 and 52
Physics 1 and 2
English 1 and 2
Economics 30.2 or Psychology 40.1 or HNS 60
The primary application for admission to veterinary colleges is filed with the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).The student should first read the information at www.aavmc.org.
Any of three types of standardized examinations may be accepted by veterinary schools. The three examinations are VCAT, MCAT, and the GRE. The pre-veterinary student should make a decision of which examination should be taken based on a survey of the requirements for the veterinary schools in which the student is interested. The veterinary school applicant should have had considerable experience working with veterinarians in a clinical setting.