Pre-Veterinary Medicine

General Information

Bachelor’s Degree RequiredYes
Entrance ExamGRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
Entrance Exam ResourcesGRE:
About the GRE
What is the GRE (Kaplan)
About the GRE Test (Princeton Review)
What is on the GRE (BeMo)
GRE Test Fees


U.S. MCAT Scheduling
About the MCAT
What’s on the MCAT
Prepare for the MCAT
MCAT Sample Question Guide
Free Planning & Study Resources
AAMC PREview Readiness Exam

The Princeton Review
About the MCAT
When Should you Take the MCAT
MCAT Practice

BluePrint Prep
MCAT Prep Options
FREE MCAT Practice Resources


MCAT Resources
Veterinary Experience &/or Shadowing Hours*no specific amount is required but highly recommended
Application SystemsVMCAS
Application Timeline & ChecklistHow to Apply & Become (AAVMC)
Program DirectoryAccredited Veterinary Colleges (AVMA)
Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (AAVMC)
“Pre-Professional Resource Library”Coming Soon!
Professional Associations & AccreditationsAmerican Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Additional Resources2022 Applicant Guide (AAVMC)
2023 Applicant Guide (AAVMC)

Recommended Coursework (PDF)

Biology CoursesBIOL211 Principles of Biology w/ Lab (5)
BIOL212 Principles of Biology w/ Lab (5)
BIOL213 Principles of Biology w/ Lab (5)
BIOL317 Vertebrate Structure w/ Lab (5)
BIOL341 Genetics w/ Lab (4)
BIOL 342 Genetics w/ Lab (4)
BIOL445 Immunology (3)
BIOL432 Animal Physiology w/ Lab (5)
BIOL462 Cellular Neurobiology (3)
Chemistry CoursesCHEM204 General Chemistry w/ Lab (5)
CHEM205 General Chemistry w/ Lab (5)
CHEM206 General Chemistry w/ Lab (5)
CHEM334 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHEM335 Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHEM338 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHEM336 Organic Chemistry III (4)
CHEM339 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
CHEM450 Structural Biochemistry (4)
CHEM451 Metabolic Chemistry (4)
CHEM454 Biochemistry Lab (2)
Physics CoursesPHYS201 General Physics w/ Lab (4)
PHYS202 General Physics w/ Lab (4)
PHYS203 General Physics w/ Lab (4)
Math/Statistics CoursesMATH112 Precalculus (4)
STAT327 Statistics & Experimental Design (5) or STAT352 Statistics (4)
Social Science CoursesSOC204 Introduction to Sociology (5)
SOC205 Introduction to Sociology: Problems (5)
PSY201 General Psychology (4)
PSY202 General Psychology (4)
ANTH203 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (5)
Communication CoursesCOM112 Public Speaking (4)
Strongly Suggested Electives/Additional CoursesBIOL231-233 Anatomy & Physiology w/ Lab (4)
**It is highly recommended that students also take courses in Animal Nutrition or complete an Animal Science minor through the EOU/OSU partnership. Students must meet with an OSU Advisor in order to map out requirements for the AS minor.
NotesThe Pre-Veterinary Medicine pathway is designed to meet the requirements for admission to Veterinary Medicine schools. Additionally, the curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) which are commonly required (one or the other) by most Veterinary Medicine schools. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their Advisor when choosing appropriate coursework.