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Undergraduate Preparation

Pre-requisite Courses

Besides the minimum science course work (two semesters each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics), most Veterinary schools requires additional courses in advanced biology. The admissions requirements for veterinary schools are quite variable and specific for each school.

The basic science classes should be completed no later than the end of your junior year so that you will be prepared for the GRE exam during that summer/early fall. Some veterinary schools require only the general GRE whereas others only require the subject (biology) GRE.

Personal Preparation

Good grades and test scores are essential factors in determining admissions, but are not the only determinants of success. Students must also demonstrate that they have a true interest in their chosen professions and the personal attributes that are highly desirable in a health professional. The applicant will need to articulate to an admissions committee why this career choice is right for them. All veterinary schools expect applicants to have sought opportunities in the career in which they are interested, and many schools require one letter of recommendation to come from a veterinarian.

  • Students should shadow a veterinarian.
  • Since the health careers are service-related professions, students should also explore activities in people-oriented environments.
  • Steady, long term involvement is preferable to short bursts of unrelated activities.
  • work in a vet's office prior to application to veterinary school

This type of experience not only demonstrates social responsibility, but also helps to builds communication skills and teaches how to deal with a diversity of people. The insight and experiences gained through these activities will help a student compose an application essay that will convince an admissions committee of the worthiness of the applicant. In addition, these activities provide opportunities to acquire meaningful letters of evaluation from non-academic sources that will strengthen the student's application.