Pre-Professional Health and Pre-Veterinary Programs
Contrary to popular belief, “pre-vet” or “pre-med” majors do not exist; however, there are some departments that offer “pre-vet” or “pre-med ” tracks that incorporate all of the requirements you need to apply to the professional school of your choice. Animal Sciences offers these tracks.
Careers post-Veterinary School
- Veterinary Practitioner
- Veterinary Toxicologist
- Veterinary Anesthesiologist
- Veterinary Behaviorist
- Veterinary Dermatologist
- Veterinary Emergency Care
- Veterinary Internal Medicine
- Veterinary Geneticist
- Veterinary Microbiologist
- Veterinary Nutritionist
- Veterinary Ophthalmologist
- Veterinary Pathologist
- Veterinary Epidemiologist
- Veterinary Public Hlth Inspector
- Veterinary Radiologist
- Veterinary Zoologist
- Veterinary Medical Officer
Major Options and 4-year Plans
The majority of our students that are specifically interested in applying to the College of Veterinary Medicine follow the Animal Biosciences degree sheet and 4-year plan, as they are specifically designed to incorporate the College of Veterinary Medicine course requirements within the appropriate time frame.
Students with a specific interest in nutrition and/or health should consider completing a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition.
If you are not an Animal Sciences major and plan to apply to a college of veterinary medicine, you might consider the Animal Pre-Veterinary Medicine Minor. This minor will provide a foundation in animal physiology, nutrition, genetics, health, and management. The courses incorporated in this minor are excellent science electives required for veterinary school.
The Animal Biosciences specialization provides students with a well-rounded foundation of knowledge in:
- Animal anatomy and physiology
- Animal nutrition
- Animal breeding and applied genetics
- Animal immunology
- Animal behavior and welfare practices
- Animal health
- Animal management practices
Veterinary Early Commitment Program
If you have an interest in becoming a food animal veterinarian, consider participating in the Veterinary Early Commitment Program. This joint program between the Department of Animal Sciences and the College of Veterinary Medicine allows students to apply to veterinary school during their second year. Potentially six students are selected to the program each year, and they will be given preference when applying their senior year.
- Program Information (pdf)
- Application Form (pdf) (Note, form may take a few moments to load. You may need to download form once it opens in order to fill it out.)
- Personal Reference Form (pdf) (Note, form may take a few moments to load. You may need to download form once it opens in order to fill it out.)
If you have specific questions, please contact Sandra Dawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extra-curricular Area-Specific Opportunities (click here for more clubs)
- Food Animal Club
- Pre-Vet Club
Getting Started…Competitive Admissions 101
You have probably heard how competitive it is to get into veterinary, medical, pharmacy, or optometry school. Yes, it is competitive, but it is not impossible. In order to be certain that your professional school application will be competitive, you should think about the following items.