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Overview

Pre-Veterinary Medicine is for those students who have an eye on veterinary school. Veterinarians are skilled at caring for animals—diagnosing and treating their health problems, preventing those problems from happening—basically ensuring these critters' well-being. Vets often choose between working with small animals and working with larger ones (such as farm animals), but there are plenty of vets who are capable of working with all sizes.


Pre-Veterinary Medicine programs at most colleges encompass science and math courses that most veterinary schools require for admittance. Biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and other courses will form a large part of your curriculum, as well as classes in animal sciences and zoology. Getting involved in an internship or volunteering in a vet’s office are both great ways to augment your studies and get a little experience before veterinary school.


Most veterinary schools don’t require you to major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. The most important things schools look for is a strong background in science and math—and, if possible, actual veterinary observation or experience.

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

  • Undergraduate:

  • Veterinary School:

  • Anatomy of Companion Animals

  • Animal Sciences

  • Biology

  • Equine Surgery

  • General Chemistry

  • Genetics

  • Infectious Diseases and Preventive Medicine

  • Math

  • Microscopic Anatomy

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Pathogenic Microbiology

  • Pathology and Immunology

  • Physics

  • Principles of Morphology

  • Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Veterinary Immunology


HIGH SCHOOl PREPARATION

Pre-Veterinary Medicine will require a great deal of math and science, so now’s your chance to get prepared—biology, chemistry, calculus, and other advanced courses will be your best bets. Courses dealing with animals—such as husbandry courses, if you live in a rural area—will be of obvious help to your getting a head start on your college curriculum.

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