Schools of veterinary medicine recognize the importance of a liberal arts education with a strong foundation in the sciences. The requirements are provided in the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR). See the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website:

The following courses will satisfy the requirements for admission to most U.S. veterinary medical schools:

  • Biology — Biology 111 Principals of Biology, 112 The Biological World, 205 Genetics, 315 Comparative Anatomy, 310 Physiology or 330 Human Physiology, 339 Microbiology
  • Chemistry — Two semesters of general/inorganic chemistry with laboratory (Chemistry 125, 126, 135,136; or 140, 310). Two semesters of organic chemistry with two credits of laboratory (Chemistry 245, 246, 251, 252)
  • Physics — Two semesters of physics with laboratory (Physics 155 or 165, 156 or 166)
  • Mathematics— Three semesters of college mathematics (Mathematics 125, 126 Calculus I & II and 128 Introduction to Statistics or 247 Statistics with Applications)
  • English and Writing — Two semesters of courses from English (literature or creative writing) or Composition (Rhetoric, Writing and Public Discourse 170, 210, 320)

Note: Requirements vary. If you have AP/IB credit for Chemistry 125, Chemistry 240 is not required. Some schools require courses in animal nutrition and public speaking/speech.

FAQs for Veterinary Medicine

What are some programs attended by recent alums?

Washington State University
Oregon State University
Colorado State University
University of California Davis
University of Pennsylvania
Tufts University

How do I apply?

32 Veterinary Medical Colleges participate in the common application (VMCAS) administered by the  Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges: