Pre-Veterinary Medicine

    Max Hunter, PhD, PPHS Coordinator
    PPHS Faculty Advisors

    Preparing for admission to veterinary school

    Admission to veterinary schools is extremely competitive, so it is important to obtain advising from the PPHS coordinator to plan an individually appropriate and competitive academic plan.

    Key factors considered by veterinary school selection committees are based on the following:

    • Grades (both science and non-science, and in an upward-trending trajectory).
    • Strong performance on the MCAT or DAT.
    • An “in-house” interview, recommendation, and letter of evaluation from the SPU PPHS committee.
    • Health-related clinical experience with a support letter.
    • Other support letters highlighting extracurricular, leadership, and service experience.
    • Research experience (strongly encouraged).
    • A strong interview with the veterinary school admissions committee.

    These recommendations are for students desiring to enter veterinary medicine as a profession and to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM).

    Application to veterinary medicine schools begins with submitting a “primary application” in the summer before the application year. Students seeking admission to these graduate programs need to complete a bachelor’s degree in any field, plus the following prerequisite coursework:

    • General Biology (15 credits)
      • BIO 2101, 2102, 2103
    • General Chemistry (10 credits)
      • CHM 1211, 1212
    • Introductory Inorganic Chemistry (5 credits)
      • CHM 2540
    • Organic Chemistry (15 credits)
      • CHM 3371, 3372, 3373
    • Physics (15 credits)
      • PHY 1101, 1102, 1103 or 1121, 1122, 1123
    • Animal Physiology (5 credits)
      • BIO 4413
    • Vertebrate Biology (5 credits)
      • BIO 3432
    • Genetics (5 credits)
      • BIO 3325
    • Microbiology (5 credits)
      • BIO 3351
    • Biochemistry (10 credits)
      • BIO or CHM 4361 and 4362
    • Mathematics (5 credits)
      • Including a course in calculus
    • Statistics (5 credits)
      • MAT 2360
    • Nutrition (5 credits)
      • Preferably an animal nutrition course

    Total 105 credits

    Note: Additional courses in English composition, humanities, and social science may be required by individual veterinary medical schools. Other recommended courses include speech (public speaking), English literature, economics, psychology, and history. Check the requirements of the individual schools that interest you.

    SPU students

    Health Sciences Graduate Programs Consider:

    • Grades
    • Scores on standardized tests (e.g., MCAT, DAT, GRE)
    • Health-related clinical experience
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Leadership and service experience
    • Research experience
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    PPHS advisors at SPU

    Your pre-professional coordinator and faculty advisors attend annual meetings of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.

    They also meet with admissions counselors and deans from professional schools to ensure that you are competitive for these professional programs.