Exploring Health-Related Careers
Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. (source: Occupational Outlook Handbook)
Veterinary Medical School Requirements
- Most schools of veterinary medicine require the following courses:
- General Biology I and II and labs
- General Chemistry I and II and labs
- Organic Chemistry I and II and labs
- Physics I (Some Vet Schools require 2 semesters)
- Up to two semesters of College Level Math
- English (2 semesters)
- Animal Nutrition*
- Some schools require courses in math (calculus, statistics), cell biology, comparative anatomy, genetics, embryology, mammalian or animal physiology, microbiology, histology, reproductive physiology, parasitology, immunology, and or behavioral sciences.
*Animal Nutrition can be taken as an online course for most veterinary programs. The following schools have an online course that will satisfy this requirement. Many of these courses do have prerequisites. It is important that you research the requirements for those schools in which you are interested VMCAS Summary of Course Prerequisites.
- Auburn Montgomery: BIOL 2040 Animal Nutrition
- Jacksonville State University: BY 331 Principles of Animal Nutrition
- Purdue University: ANSC 22100 Principles of Animal Nutrition
- North Carolina State University: ANS 230 Animal Nutrition
- Kansas State University: ASI 318 Fundamentals of Nutrition
- Oklahoma State University: ANSI 3543E Principles of Animal Nutrition
- Rutgers University: Course # 11:067:330:90 Animal Nutrition
- Many veterinary medical schools are now requiring clinical contact hours with a licensed veterinarian. For example Auburn University requires a minimum of 400 hours for their program while Tuskegee University currently requires a minimum of 200 hours.
Standardized Exam Most veterinary medical colleges require one or more standardized tests: the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Professional Organizations / Resources:
- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
- American Animal Hospital Association
- Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements ebook available thru O'Neill Library Reserves Course# BIOL1000.01
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Keep Informed / Stay Current:
- AAVMC Journal of Veterinary Medical Education
- Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
- AAHA Trends Magazine