Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Biology-Chemistry - Veterinarian

Preparing for a Career as a Veterinarian

  • Course work - All veterinary schools require a minimum of chemistry (four semesters), biology (two semesters) and physics (two semesters). Most schools have additional requirements of math and English. It is always wise to check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply.

  • Course Sequences
    Biology-Chemistry Major
    Biology-Chemistry Major (Fast Forward) 

  • Experiences - Most schools look favorably upon experience that suggests that you have familiarity with the occupation you are pursuing. This experience fits into two categories:

    Basic research - Conducted on your home campus or at some other campus, research shows intellectual growth and problem solving skills that may lack from ordinary coursework.

    Health care-related experience - Job shadow a health care professional, get a summer job in a health care position, or participate in a meaningful volunteer experience. Most vet schools find it critical that an applicant has spent many hours working with a practicing veterinarian.

Extensive career preparation and advising information for current students is here.



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* Median pay reflects the average income for all U.S. professionals working in this field. Entry-level salaries are typically lower.