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Veterinary Medicine

Preparing for Veterinary School

There is no formal “pre-vet” major. Veterinary schools are interested in broadly educated students who have developed excellent writing and speaking skills, possess analytic and synthetic thinking ability, and are enthusiastic, life-long learners. Understanding of the social aspects of medicine is just as important as understanding the science. Your major will not determine your success in applying to veterinary school. Your interests should determine your choice of major. Majoring in an area that you enjoy is more likely to lead to academic success than pursuing a field for which you have little enthusiasm. Regardless of your major, it is necessary to demonstrate a mastery of science; proficiency in other areas will not compensate for lack of science ability.

The benefits of choosing to major in one of the sciences is that many of the courses required to prepare for clinical medical careers and the associated standardized tests, such as the MCAT, can be satisfied as part of the science degree requirements. Therefore, a student can prepare for medical school, while also satisfying degree requirements, without taking too many additional courses.

South Carolina does not have a veterinary school but does have contractual arrangements with the veterinary schools at University of Georgia to accept 17, with Mississippi State University to accept 5, and with Tuskegee University to accept 4 South Carolina residents. This means that if a South Carolina resident applies to one of the above schools and is accepted, they will receive an annual subsidy from the state of SC towards their tuition.