- Certain coursework
- Good GPA
- Test scores (GRE)
- Evidence of interpersonal skills and well-roundedness
A competitive applicant for Veterinary programs will have taken the recommended coursework (see below), a GPA of 3.6 or higher, GRE scores of 300 or higher, good references, evidence of interpersonal skills (co-curricular/volunteer record) and over 300 hours of animal experience, (shadowing, observation, volunteer etc . . .).
There is some variation in the pre-requisite coursework needed at the undergraduate level. Below is a listing of the undergraduate coursework required by most programs as well as some additional coursework that may be required by some programs.
- Biol 130 – Cells to Organisms
- Biol 150 – Organisms to Ecosystems
- Biol 260 – Genetics
- Chem 116 – Energetics and Dynamics (may need 115 Structure and Reactivity)
- Chem 250 – Organic Chemistry I
- Chem 340/Biol 444 – Biochemistry I
- Phys 141 – Principles of Mechanics
- Statistics (Math 107, 207, or Biol 170)
Additional courses for some programs:
- Biol 226 - Microbiology
- Biol 240 – Morphogenesis of vertebrates
- Biol 242 – Comparative Physiology
- Biol 325 – Cell biology
- Biol 354 – Molecular biology
- Chem 252 – Organic Chemistry II
- Phys 151 – Principles of Classical Physics
Usually a biology or biochemistry major works well for preparing for veterinary school.
PROGRAM COST and LENGTH
The length of veterinary programs is typically 4 years. The range of costs per year for tuition, fees, books and equipment in 2017-18 were as follows:
To practice veterinary medicine in the US, you must earn a DVM degree from an accredited veterinary program and pass a national board exam. You must also obtain a state license and additional requirements to practice vary slightly from state to state.
PROGRAMS attended by LU ALUMS
University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota