Pre-Veterinary Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Pre-veterinary programs are designed to prepare students for veterinary school. Pre-veterinary courses can be completed alongside any major. In addition to taking coursework, students might want to consider gaining experience in veterinary medicine.

How to Select a Pre-Veterinary School

While pre-veterinary majors aren't available, students can select a related major and complete the prerequisites for veterinary school. Many colleges and universities offer a pre-veterinary curriculum.

Consider the following when looking for pre-veterinary schools:

  • Students should check that a prospective school has a strong science department to ensure that they receive adequate preparation.
  • Prospective students should look for a pre-veterinary school that offers the opportunity to complete an internship at a local veterinary clinic, animal shelter, zoo or farm.
  • Students may also wish to look for research opportunities related to veterinary medicine.
  • Students might want to consider certificate programs in areas closely related to veterinary medicine, such as animal health management, which are designed to supplement a bachelor's program.

Pre-Veterinary Program Overview

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

A pre-veterinary course of study includes science and math courses along with the general education requirements. It usually takes three years to complete the requirements and a student may apply to veterinary school as soon as the requirements are met, even if they have not yet completed a bachelor's degree. Upperclassmen may have the best chances at landing research and volunteer opportunities. The courses and labs commonly required by veterinary schools include:

  • Biology
  • General and organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Microbiology

10 Schools with Pre-Veterinary Programs

College/UniversityInstitution Type
North Dakota State University 4-year, Public
Hollins University 4-year, Private
Rutgers University 4-year, Public
Tufts University 4-year, Private
Washington University in St Louis 4-year, Private
Cornell University 4-year, Private
University of Wisconsin River Falls 4-year, Public
University of New Hampshire 4-year, Public
Mercy College 4-year, Private
Virginia Tech 4-year, Public

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