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: www.aavmc.org.
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
How do I apply?
32 Veterinary Medical Colleges participate in the common application (VMCAS) administered by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges: http://www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm