Pre-Health Professions Advising

Veterinary Medicine

A veterinarian is part scientist, part social worker, but all animal lover. Working with a variety of species, veterinarians diagnose, treat, and control diseases in animals and help prevent the transmission of animal diseases to humans. They also treat injured animals and develop programs to prevent disease and injury.

Because there are fewer than 30 veterinary schools in the United States, admission is especially competitive. Therefore it is extremely important to demonstrate knowledge of profession, confidence and comfort with a variety of animal species.


Program Length

4 years

Professional Schools’ Organization

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)

Application Service

Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service (VMCAS)

Academic Admission Requirements

One year each: Biology, Inorganic Chemistry (Chem 1 & 2), Organic Chemistry, Physics, English. Some schools may also require Calculus.

Note: Some schools have very specific requirements often including Microbiology, Statistics, Biochemistry, Animal Science, and Nutrition. Check Veterinary Medical School Requirements carefully.

Admission Exam

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (most), or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation from a pre-health advisor are required, and may be kept confidential. Some schools may require additional letters of support.