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Exploring Health-Related Careers

Veterinary Medicine
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

Pre-Requisite Courses

  • 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)
    • Biochemistry
    • 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.

Gaining Veterinary, Animal and/or Health Science Experience

  • 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:

Join the AAVMC's Veterinary Student Engagement System (VSES) an email-newsletter program that allows you to receive customized, targeted monthly newsletters based on your status. Subscribe to VSES 

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