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Pre-Veterinary
Coordinator: Chris Gaiser, cgaiser, x2308, Melrose 201 

No specific major is preferred by veterinary schools.  There are, however, several prerequisites for admission to veterinary school, so it is advisable to research the schools you are considering in order to determine their prerequisites as early a possible.  Please visit this website, http://aavmc.org/, which provides all the resources you will need.

GUIDELINES FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:

FALL SEMESTER:

  • Students should review the Chemistry and Biology placement information and enroll in either CHEM 210-211, General Chemistry and/or BIOL 210-211, Principles of Biology.  If necessary, students should also enroll in the recommended math course.  Enrolling in both General Chemistry and Principles of Biology is recommended for students with strong math and science preparation.
  • Any INQS
  • Students should complete their schedule with Linfield Curriculum courses.
  • Any student considering Veterinary medicine should contact the Pre-Vet Coordinator for an informational appointment early in fall term. 

SPRING SEMESTER:

  • Students should continue any science sequences begun in the fall.
  • Any INQS (if not taken in the fall).
  • Students should complete their schedule with Linfield Curriculum courses. 

ADVISING INFORMATION:

List of the most common prerequisites:

  • CHEM 210-211,General Chemistry
  • BIOL 210-211 Principles of Biology
  • PHYS 210-211, Into to Mechanics & Into to Electromagnetism
  • CHEM 321-322, Organic Chemistry  
  • BIOL 270, Genetics                                                    
  • MATH 140, Statistics                                                
  • BIOL 390,Vertebrate Physiology        
  • CHEM 440, Biochemistry
  • BIOL 361, Microbiology
  • MATH 170-175, Calculus (required for Physics)

 

Some schools have a minimum GPA requirement for application.  In order to remain competitive, students should keep their GPA at least 3.3 or above.   The average GPA of students admitted to veterinary school varies from 3.5 to 3.8.

 

Standardized examinationsMost schools require that students take only the GRE general test.   Some schools provide the option of taking the GRE, VCAT, or MCAT.  Students should check the school to which they plan to apply in order to determine which test(s) they should take. 

 

Animal ExperienceIt is important that students have experience that demonstrates their abilities handling animals, their understanding of their roles in society, and their overall interest in animals outside of veterinary medicine.  Examples of animal experience include, but are not restricted to, involvement with the 4-H, handling in horse/dog/cat shows, raising of animals, working around farm animals, working in a pet shop, grooming, or working at a stable.  The more diverse the experiences, the better.

 

Veterinary ExperienceIt is required that students have veterinary experience.  This experience can be as a volunteer or as a paid employee.  Veterinary schools are looking for applicants who have had extensive and diverse experience working with veterinarians.  Students should have experience with large, small, and exotic animal medicine. Veterinary school applicants must have letters of recommendation from veterinarians.