Veterinary Medicine

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.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Hands-On Research and Experiments
  • Rigorous Academics
  • Our Focus is You

At St. Ambrose, we have several majors that will provide you with the educational foundation you need for a career in veterinary medicine and for graduate school.

More Information About the Pre-Veterinary Program


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.

What will I learn?

At SAU, our Biology and Chemistry programs are rigorous but very rewarding. You can take part in research and design experiments early in your undergraduate career, a benefit not usually offered at bigger schools. Both of these majors give you a solid educational foundation in biological and chemical processes, which most veterinary schools require.

At SAU, our student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1 which means you get personal attention, encouragement to explore, and guidance from top-notch faculty. This can lead to a deeper comprehension of subject matter and a stronger educational experience.

We recommend all undergraduates take part in an internship or job shadow and volunteer. There are many opportunities for you to help at local animal shelters or learn from local veterinarians. Our Career Center can help you find the right opportunity.


Scholarships and Grants

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Awards

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Diocese of Davenport Catholic Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation to be completed by your pastor available here (pdf).

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year. For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award


Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Based on Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership. Award is $12,500 per year for new transfer students.

Awards are renewable each year up to a maximum eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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Admissions Office
Admissions and Welcome Center
310 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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