Pre-Veterinarian

Veterinarians care for the health of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. Some specialize in small animals like cats, dogs, birds, and fish, while others specialize in large animals like horses, cows, pigs and sheep. Veterinarians also advise owners about animal feeding, behavior, breeding, and issues like fleas and ticks.

Major Selection

As an undergraduate student, you may choose any major in preparation for applying to veterinary schools. There is not a specific preference on a particular major, so you are encouraged to choose a major based on your own personal interests and strengths. What’s important is that you have completed the prerequisite courses required by the institution you are applying to.

Prerequisite Courses

Requirements may vary from school to school, so you will want to research different program requirements. In general, most veterinary schools will expect applicants to have completed the following types of courses:

  • Biology (one year)
  • Chemistry (one year, through organic chemistry)
  • English (one year)
  • Physics (one year)

Complete listing of veterinary programs and their admission requirements.

Admissions Test

GRE: Graduate Record Examination

The GRE is compromised of the following sections:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing

Test deadlines for accredited veterinarian schools.

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