Begin your journey to veterinary school: you’ll do that here.

The pre-veterinary medicine program is designed for students who intend to go on to a veterinary medicine school and receive their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. You do not necessarily need a bachelor’s degree to be admitted to a veterinary medicine program. Rather, students need to meet the requirements before applying. That’s why this is a preprofessional program.

Most of our students still obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. Recommended majors that are compatible with meeting the entrance requirements are Agribusiness: Animal Science or Chemistry. If you major in Animal Science, the program is designed to substitute the classes that do not count toward finishing the pre-vet program, thus saving you time to graduation.

The program outlined is tailored for students who will go to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine or University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Students who wish to go to other schools will follow a similar program but may need to fill a few other requirements. Students work closely with their pre-vet advisor in the Department of Agriculture to ensure they meet the requirements and are competitive when they apply.

What You’ll Do

  • Faculty-mentored research and guidance will help you develop the professional skills needed for success in advanced study in graduate and professional programs.
  • Completing a degree while at Southeast prepares students for entering the workforce immediately in various capacities of the animal and agriculture fields.
  • 100% of Southeast programs offer real-world experience. Pre-veterinary medicine students shadow veterinarians.
  •  Pre-veterinary medicine students take a variety of science classes, including biology, chemistry and physics classes, as well as courses in Animal Science which help them gain animal experience. Helpful classes include Companion Animals, Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Animal Handling and Animal Reproduction.
  • In 2020, our pre-veterinary medicine students had a 90% acceptance rate into just 30 vet programs across the country.

What Can You Do with a Veterinary Medicine Degree?

The pre-veterinary medicine program is designed for students who intend to go on to a veterinary medicine school and receive their DVM degree. One does not necessarily need a bachelor’s degree to be admitted to a veterinary medicine program. Rather, students need to meet the requirements before applying; hence, it is a pre-professional program.

Career Opportunities

  • veterinarian
  • veterinarian technician
  • veterinary hospital manager
  • animal research technician
  • food safety inspector

Professional Partnerships

Our agreement with St. George’s University guarantees all SEMO graduates from the pre-veterinary program who meet the requirements gain admission into its accredited School of Veterinary Medicine.

Outcomes & Careers

  • $103k  


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a veterinarian is $103,260.

  • 20%

    Job Growth

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

What You'll Study

Pre-veterinary medicine students study courses that will prepare you to apply for Veterinary School. Students may enter Veterinary School after completing their junior year, but most graduate with a Bachelor of Science first.

Students may enter Veterinary School after completing their junior year, but most graduate with a Bachelor of Science first. The application process takes place during the summer prior to the year of entrance. The selection process occurs during that next school year.

To be competitive with others applying to vet school, students should:

  • Have experience working with a variety of animal species
  • Be familiar with the veterinary medical profession
  • Be community-minded and have demonstrated leadership
  • Be able to relate to others
  • Have developed time-and stress-management skills
  • Be sincerely motivated

Paying for College

Your hard work can pay off big because the Department of Agriculture offers about $650,000 in scholarships to students.

Hands-on Learning

There’s no better way to learn than by getting your hands dirty, and you’ll do just that at SEMO. From digging in the dirt at our greenhouse to working with animals at the Agriculture Research Center, you’ll get real-world experience from day one.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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