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Te degree which can be earned: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

Career outlook/Nature of Profession: The profession of veterinary medicine is dedicated to the development of healthcare for animals.  Veterinarians focus on the care of pets, livestock and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals.  Some veterinarians use their skill to conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems.  Long work hours are often required, with well over one-third of full-time workers spending 50 or more hours on the job.  

Find additional information about being a Veterinarian here:
Is a career in veterinary medicine right for you?
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
American Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinary Medical College Application Service

Will I need the GRE or the MCAT to be accepted into the program?  The majority of students take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).  However, check with your individual program of interest to see if they require the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).
GRE Revised General Test (GRE)
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

Regional Institutions:
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine


What should I major in if I want to be a Veterinarian?  You can choose any major you would like as long as you satisfy the prerequisites for veterinary school.  A major in the Sciences is recommended.  

What prerequisites and electives should I take?  Students should contact individual veterinarian schools for specific prerequisite information.  Prerequisite courses may vary based on the school of choice.  Prerequisite courses require a C grade or better.  Majoring in science is not mandatory, but completion of prerequisite requirements is necessary.  See your advisor in CAS Advising for assistance in choosing elective courses.  

Required courses for veterinary school typically include (for SIUE):
BIOL 150: Introduction to Biological Sciences I
BIOL 151: Introduction to Biological Sciences II
BIOL 220: Genetics
CHEM 121A: General Chemistry I
CHEM 121B: General Chemistry II
CHEM 241A: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 241B: Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 351: Basic Biochemistry
MATH 150: Calculus
MATH 152: Calculus II
PHYS 131: College Physics I
PHYS 132: College Physics II
ENG 101: English Composition I
ENG 102: English Composition II

What does my GPA need to be in order to be accepted into veterinary school?  To gain entrance to veterinary school, usually a minimum cumulative GPA above 3.0 is required.  The national average for admission in 2012 was 3.26-3.66.  Vet schools may consider your science GPA, last 3 semester GOA, etc.  You should check with individual colleges to determine a competitive GPA.  

Student Organizations to consider joining:

  • Pre-Veterinary Association (PVA)

Check out more Students Organizations HERE!

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