Important general information
Students interested in the pre-veterinary medicine advising track must obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete the necessary prerequisites in order to apply for veterinary school. Those interested in veterinary school should consult with a pre-professional health adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the schools of veterinary medicine to which they hope to apply.
Declaration of the pre-veterinary medicine advising track through the Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising does not constitute or guarantee admission to any veterinary school. Students must apply separately to a veterinary medicine program of their choice at the appropriate time.
If interested in preparing for veterinary school, students must declare an academic major and should declare and maintain their pre-veterinary advising track. Students do not earn a pre-veterinary medicine degree. Those unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Pre-veterinary medicine students are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them. To declare a pre-veterinary medicine advising track, see the pre-professional health advising blog.
Prerequisites for veterinary school
The Graduate Record Examination is taken prior to application to veterinary school and those scores are weighed heavily in admissions decisions. Students are strongly advised to prepare thoroughly through self-directed study or through a prep course prior to registering to take the GRE.
Science and non-science courses required for veterinary school
Students must complete general biology, cell biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and physics courses as science prerequisites for admission to veterinary school.
Other science courses, including genetics, animal physiology, comparative vertebrate anatomy and microbiology are strongly recommended for pre-veterinary students.
General prerequisites for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs
& BIOZ 151
|Introduction to Biological Sciences I|
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
& BIOZ 152
|Introduction to Biological Sciences II|
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
& CHEZ 101
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEZ 102
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
& CHEZ 301
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
& CHEZ 302
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
|CHEM 403||Biochemistry I||3|
|MATH 151||Precalculus Mathematics 1||3-4|
|or MATH 200||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I|
|or STAT 210||Basic Practice of Statistics|
|PHYS 201||General Physics I||4-5|
|or PHYS 207||University Physics I|
|PHYS 202||General Physics II||4-5|
|or PHYS 208||University Physics II|
|UNIV 111 Play course video for Focused Inquiry I||Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Play course video for Focused Inquiry II||Focused Inquiry II||3|
|UNIV 200||Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
At least six credits in mathematics is required for the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
Additional recommended prerequisites for veterinary medicine programs nationwide
Students are encouraged to review admissions requirements for the specific institution(s) that they are considering applying to as well as VCU course descriptions for prerequisite courses. Students should meet with a pre-professional health adviser after declaring the track to develop their curriculum plan.
|BIOL 300||Cellular and Molecular Biology||3|
|BIOL 402||Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy||5|
Students should also consult with their pre-professional health advisers to discuss an individual plan of study in parallel with their academic majors.