Pre-Veterinary

Pre-Veterinary
Requirements for
Veterinary School
Some Schools
Require

Biology

  • BI 111/113 Concepts in Biology I & Lab
  • BI 112/114 Concepts in Biology II & Lab

Biology

  • BI 311 Cell Biology with Lab
  • BI 201/203 Genetics with Lab
  • BI 312 Systems Physiology with Lab
  • BI 230 Microbiology
  • Animal Nutrition (online)

Chemistry

  • CH 151/153 General Chemistry I & Lab
  • CH 152/154 General Chemistry II & Lab
  • CH 221/223 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
  • CH 222/224 Organic Chemistry II & Lab
  • CH 341/343 Biochemistry I & Lab

Chemistry

  • Biochemistry II and Lab

Physics

  • PY 111/113 Physics I & Lab
  • PY 112/114 Physics II & Lab
 

Math

  • MA 140 PreCalculus
    • or MA 151 Calculus
  • MA 131 Elementary Statistics

Math

  • MA 151 Calculus

Social Sciences

  • PS 110 Intro to Psychology
  • 3 Additional Credits

Business/Finance

  • 6 credits

English

  • FY 125 Freshman Seminar
  • EN 201 Experiencing Literature

English

  • a second writing course

Humanities

  • 9 credits
 

Timeline for Application

Pre-Veterinary Application Timeline

Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

Students who wish to pursue a veterinary school are required to take the GRE standardized exam which measures general academic ability featuring question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you'll do in graduate school.

The test is administered throughout the country by Prometric Testing Center.  The test is offered all year round via a computerized delivery. There are several tests dates offered each calendar month.

There is no magic way that works for all students. Some students choose to enroll in a course like Kaplan, but this can be costly. Other students chose to buy the preparation books and work on their own. You need to ask yourself what type of learner you are and what approach you are dedicated to.

Information on GRE preparation and practice tests can be found at ets.org/gre.

Unofficial tests scores are viewable the day of the test. Official transcripts of your GRE scores about 10–15 days after your test date, your official scores will be available in your ETS Account. Official GRE Scores are submitted electronically to the schools of your choice directly from ETS.

To be accepted into a veterinary program, you need a complete package. You must have the grades and GPA, a good GRE score (if applicable), good letters of recommendation, clinical/shadowing experiences and a good personal statement. An admitted student statistics summary can be found here on the Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges website.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research in the sciences is strongly recommended. In many departments, students can receive for the completion of 3 credits of research.  Not only does this give you a valuable experience, but students can present their work at regional and national science conferences and many students have been published authors with their faculty mentor in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Additionally, having a  from your faculty mentor regarding your research, work ethic and skills will be a valuable addition to your committee packet. At the end of the academic year, we also have internal conferences, which showcase and highlight research across disciplines on campus in the  (College of Arts and Sciences Conference) and the . We encourage you to investigate research being performed and become involved!

Veterinary Internships, Shadowing and Clinical Experiences

Internships with both small and large animals (usually in a veterinary setting) are absolutely essential. Students are eligible to earn 3 credits for an internship with prior departmental approval. Internship for credit information can be found on the website. Below are some locations where our students have shadowed and/or interned.

  • VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Shelton, CT
  • VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital, Cheshire, CT
  • VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk, CT
  • Norwalk Veterinary Hospital, Norwalk, CT
  • LEO Zoological Conservation Center, Greenwich, CT
  • Guilderland Animal Hospital, Guilderland, NY
  • Veterinary Surgery of New England, Durham, NH
  • Chester Animal Hospital, Chester, NJ
  • Califon Animal Hospital, Califon, NJ

Personal Statements

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) notes that “Each year, a substantial number of applicants express regret that they felt rushed and lost critical time working on their statement; when they realize how much time it involves, it’s often too late.”

Writing a personal statement on why you want to be a veterinarian may sound like a simple task, but in reality, to do this and do it well takes time, multiple drafts and revisions in coordination with your pre-health advisor. Students often underestimate the time involved or the importance of having a good personal statement. The personal statement is an area of your application that is not black and white, it is not a GPA or GRE score. It is where you can reflect on your decision to become a veterinarian, what lead you down this path and reflect on your research and clinical experiences.

However, because of the importance of the personal statement, we have incorporated writing personal statements into course content in BI 191, Advanced Seminar in the Health Professions. We highly recommend students enroll in the course as we cover personal statement mechanics, content, do’s and don’ts and perform critiques and draft revisions over several weeks.

Gap Year

Many students fear the gap year or see this as “wasted time” and incorrectly think that taking a gap year would have a negative impact on their application. However, it is quite the opposite and most students take a gap year after college. To check off all the boxes needed for veterinary school (good GPA, GRE, animal care experience) within three years of college is difficult. Admissions committees look for more mature candidates with real world experiences. Thus, a gap year is often to your benefit.