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Pre-Veterinary Medicine


Pre-veterinary programs prepare people to attend veterinary school.

Pre-veterinary medicine programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in pre-veterinary medicine. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in pre-veterinary medicine. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Often students major in a field such as biology or chemistry, but take specific courses selected by the school to prepare for veterinary school.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

It's a good idea to gain experience working with and handling animals. Most veterinary medicine schools require veterinary experience, so the earlier you gain this experience, the better. You can work or volunteer for local animal shelters and veterinary clinics. You can also join 4-H or similar organizations.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Although a few schools offer a specific pre-veterinary major, veterinary medicine schools usually just require applicants to major in biology or chemistry.

Several schools offer majors in animal science as a way to prepare for veterinary medical school.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Everett Community College

Northwest University

Shoreline Community College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Gonzaga University

Spokane Community College

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Area

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Tacoma Community College

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Centralia College

Grays Harbor College

Lower Columbia College