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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Last updated March 02, 2017

A student at Morningside College who aspires to a career as a veterinarian has access here to the courses required to enter a graduate program in veterinary medicine.  A biology or chemistry major is desirable, with specific course selection tailored for the particular demands of this career.  Recommended hands-on experience can be gained through an internship with a veterinary practice.  Most schools require GRE test scores as part of the veterinary medicine school application process. 

Understanding your undergraduate path: 

Students at Morningside College who identify as Pre-Veterinary Medicine typically major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites. Schools will have their own requirements for prerequisites.  Coursework required for application to a college of veterinary medicine varies with the school. A strong mathematics, biological sciences, and physical sciences background is necessary. Be sure to consult with your First Year Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the school or college of veterinary medicine that you plan to attend. 

Below are examples of programs you can look at to view pre-requisite coursework needing to be completed in undergraduate studies:

Iowa State University (these would also be the prereqs for their companion program at UNL)

Mississippi State

Colorado State

University of Missouri

See Suggested 4 Year Plans by Major (Biology, Chemistry)

Individual schools select students on different criteria, but students need to also consider the following requirements during their undergraduate path:

  • Maintain a high GPA on coursework
  • Score well on national examinations (the Graduate Record Exam is required for application by most colleges, sometimes the Biology GRE, and MCAT scores are also accepted in some cases)
  • Have solid animal and veterinary experience
  • About one in three students are accepted in a given year.  GPAs vary by school (about 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale is required in many cases)
  • Recommended involvements to be competitive in the application process: research, shadowing, volunteer service hours, and earned awards
  • Note: VCAT scores are NO LONGER accepted

Applying for Veterinary Medicine School:

Pre-Veterinary students can gain early acceptance if the three years of required coursework are finished in time! So, you can potentially earn a DVM without having a B.S./B.A. If you earn early acceptance and still want a B.S. that is usually still possible because Morningside College will allow any student who leaves our campus early to attend a professional school the opportunity to transfer credits back to Morningside in order to complete their BA/BS degree.  The student would need to have their general education and major requirements completed prior to acceptance as the courses that transfer back generally only count as elective credits. DVM/PhD programs are also available.

Requirements for admission usually include the following:

  • Will have an interview
  • Write an essay & personal statement
  • Need letters of recommendation
  • Work and/or internship experiences under direct supervision of a veterinarian are strongly recommended
  • Please refer to recommendations in “Understanding your Undergraduate Path”

Additional Resources:

“Becoming a Vet” at a college that doesn’t have a vet school program

Career Services – Graduate School Information

Veterinary School