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Academic Programs

Pre-Veterinary Curriculum

What major should I choose?

A major in Biology or Chemistry will provide the science classes needed to prepare you for veterinary school. Be sure to discuss your post-graduate plans with your SAU advisor so that you construct a plan of study that satisfies both whatever major you choose plus prepares you for graduate school.

What courses should I take?

The requirements for veterinary school focus on the biological and chemical sciences.

The course requirements for admission to vet school differ for each institution, but a common theme for all programs is a dedication to the care of animals. This commitment can be demonstrated through volunteer efforts, job shadowing at both small and large animal facilities, and internships.

Many of the veterinary science programs in the Midwest region require:
• One year General Biology + lab (BIOL 199, 200)
• One year General Chemistry + lab (CHEM 105, 106)
• One year Organic Chemistry + lab (CHEM 207, 208, 209, 210)
• One year Physics + lab (PHYS 203, 204)
• One year Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 230, 232)
• Biochemistry + lab (CHEM 319)
• Genetics (BIOL 303)
• Microbiology (BIOL 251)
• Statistics (STAT 213)
• English Composition (ENGL 101)
• Public Speaking (COMM 129)
Individual veterinary programs may have additional requirements.

Veterinary School Entrance Exam

The entrance exam for veterinary school is the GRE General Test. This exam includes questions related to verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

The GRE should be completed by the end of the summer after the junior year to be considered for admission in the fall semester after graduation.