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Veterinary medicine applies the knowledge of medical science to vertebrate animals. It is the guardian of health for billions of domestic animals, livestock, and laboratory animals.

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree currently requires at least two years of undergraduate work (usually four) and four years in veterinary school. Undergraduate requirements vary from school to school and it is the student's responsibility to know the specific requirements for the schools you wish to attend. Many schools require:

  • one year of General Biology (Biol 141 & Biol 334)
  • General Chemistry (Chem 261 & 262)
  • Organic Chemistry (Chem 353 & 354)
  • General Physics (Phys 175 & 176)
  • Microbiology (Biol 375/376)
  • Biochemistry (Biol 434 or Chem 431)
  • Genetics (Biol 382)
  • Statistics (Stat 241)
  • English Composition (Eng 201)
  • Communication (Cmst 101 or 107)
  • Humanities (3 semesters, language, psychology, sociology)

There are 28 schools of veterinary medicine in the United States, and several in the Caribbean. Admission is very competitive, and applicants are rated on the following criteria:

  • GPA
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Work experience with animals
  • Interview
  • GRE exam

Most veterinary schools use a common application system Veterinary Medical College Application service (VMCAS). You can find more information from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

For more information about Pre-Veterinary preparation in the biology major at USI contact:

T. Kyle Mara
Dr. T. Kyle Mara
Associate Professor of Biology
Contact: 812-461-5232
Science Center 1278


For more information about Pre-Veterinary preparation in the biochemistry major at USI contact: 

Contact Dr. Zane Mitchell


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