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Veterinary Medicine Programs

Prerequisite Course Requirements:

  • Biology – General biology, Genetics
  • Chemistry – Inorganic, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry (2 semesters)
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • English – Writing focused
  • Social Science and humanities

***Courses differ depending on the school: Check the requirements for specific schools with this chart.

Highly Recommended Courses:

  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Zoology
  • Microbiology
  • Animal science/animal production
  • Nutrition
  • Histology courses

Suggested general preparation:

  • Take a pre-vet or comparable curriculum, that is, one that includes math and several science courses such as biology and chemistry.
  • Maintain a high GPA
  • Gain as much broad exposure to veterinary medicine as possible. Consider job shadowing with veterinarians, scientists, working on a farm or volunteering at an animal shelter.
  • Schools have different requirements for standardized test scores. For a list of requirements by school go to: Apply to Vet School.
  • Pre-Vet applicants must go through the Veterinary Medical college Application Service (VMCAS)
  • Join a Pre-Vet club. Most colleges and University have a chapter.

General Veterinary Information and test resources:

Willamette University

Health Professions

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.