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Pre-Veterinary Medicine


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.

What You'll Do

  • Take a variety of science classes, including biology, chemistry and physics classes.
  • Take courses in Animal Science to help them gain animal experience. Helpful classes include Companion Animals, Horse Science, Domestic Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Animal Handling and Animal Breeding.
  • Be expected to shadow veterinarians and keep records of their experiences, as well as keep records of other animal experiences, from their years in high school through college.
  • Demonstrate that they have:
  • Leadership skills  (high school through college)
  • A variety of interests (high school through college)
    • Diversity (high school through college). This category includes more than race or ethnicity. It includes experiences with other cultures, etc.
    • Motivation (high school through college). What sets you apart from others who apply for vet school?

What You'll 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.

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Small animal Veterinarian
  • Zoo Veterinarian
  • Equine Veterinarian
  • Farm Veterinarian


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