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. Most of our students still obtain a B.S. degree. Recommended majors that are compatible with meeting the entrance requirements are animal science, biology and chemistry. If one majors in animal science, your advisor works with you to substitute the classes that do not count toward finishing the pre-vet program, thus saving the student time to graduation. The program outlined is tailored for students who will go to the University of Missouri 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.
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.