Choosing a Major

  • Pre-veterinary students must choose a major (pre-veterinary is not a major).
  • Commonly chosen majors include biology, biochemistry, and chemistry.
  • Any major is acceptable, so long as the student completes all pre-veterinary requirements.
  • Consult the pre-professional health advisor – Francie Renschler.

Recommended Attributes of Veterinary School Applicants

  1. Competitive GPA of 3.0 or higher, especially in science courses
  2. Strong letters of recommendation from professors and one veterinarian
  3. Active in volunteer or work experience and leadership in extracurricular activities
  4. Show a variety of clinical experiences through shadowing, employment, or volunteering

Common Pre-requisites for Admission to Veterinary School


  • BIOL 107 or BIOL 119 (General Biology or Introduction to Biology - Molecular Perspectives)
  • BIOL 120 (Introduction to Organismal Diversity)
  • BIOL 331 (Genetics)
  • BIOL 430 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL/EXSS 112 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)*
  • BIOL/EXSS 113 (Human Anatomy and Physiology II)*

*Required by some veterinary schools.


  • PHYS 121 (Algebra Physics I)
  • PHYS 122 (Algebra Physics II)


  • CHEM 118 (Principles of Chemistry)
  • CHEM 240 (Organic Chemistry I)
  • CHEM 280 (Inorganic Chemistry I)
  • CHEM 341 (Organic Chemistry II)
  • CHEM 370 (Biochemistry)


  • COMM 210 (Professional Speaking)
  • FYS 112 (English Composition)
  • Humanities Electives
  • QM 227 (Introduction to Statistics) or statistics for your major such as BIOL 415 (Biostatistics)
  • Animal Nutrition (not offered at UE)

Course requirements for veterinary schools may vary, please check the website for your school of interest.

AP/Dual Credit

Most veterinary schools will accept AP or Dual Credit. Check individual school's policy for science or prerequisite courses. The AP credit must appear on the college transcript.

Admissions Timeline

  • Take GRE in spring or summer before applying.
  • Applications (completed through VMCAS system) accepted May through early September. This includes application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and essays.
  • Interviews conducted in January.

Academic Advising

All pre-veterinary students must meet with an academic advisor in their major department in addition to meeting with the pre-professional health advisor during time of registration each semester!