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)

  • Like medical school, there is a clearinghouse for applications, VMCAS, which is controlled by the American Association of Veterinary Colleges.

  • However, students wishing to apply to vet school take the GRE instead of the MCAT. The general GRE exam is available only in computerized versions and is scheduled independently at a Prometric Testing Center. A few schools require the VCAT, which is an older test that is being phased out. Be sure to check with the individual vet schools about what they require.

  • 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.



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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.