Attaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree requires dedication and hard work, but rewards are returned for a lifetime. In general, students must complete 3-4 years of pre-veterinary undergraduate coursework followed by 4 years of a professional program in a college of veterinary medicine. Students may choose any accredited college/university to complete their pre-veterinary coursework, however, choosing a major related to the student's interest in science and animals is wise. A list of required prerequisite courses can be found here.
Applying to veterinary school is competitive, therefore students should consider a bachelor's degree that will serve as an alternative career choice.
Common degrees include biology, zoology, chemistry, animal science and biochemistry. Advisers in the various colleges will provide direction for enrolling in appropriate courses to meet the pre-veterinary course requirements and for completing a bachelor's degree.
Download the DVM Program Admissions booklet here.
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