While the requirements for entry into veterinary school vary somewhat from school to school, the general requirements include some core coursework (see below), the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), animal experience/veterinarian shadowing, letters of recommendation, evidence of being well-rounded and community service.


  • Two terms of introductory biology with lab, typically Biology 130 and 150.
  • Two terms of introductory chemistry with lab, typically Chemistry 115 and 116.
  • One term of organic chemistry with lab, typically Chemistry 250. Some schools may require a second term.
  • One term of biochemistry, typically Chemistry 340/Biology 444.
  • One term of physics with a lab, typically Physics 141. Some schools may require a second term.

Other course requirements, depending on the veterinary school, may include Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology and Statistics. 

For current admissions requirements (which change periodically) for all US and affiliated veterinary schools, see the AAVMC (Association of American Veterinary Colleges) website or visit individual school websites. 

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