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Pre-Veterinary Medicine Suggested Courses



Most vet schools require at least one year, with labs, including Genetics and Microbiology.

Requirements for zoology major: 

Principles of Zoology I and II (1110/1120); 

Genetics (3300);

Cell Biology (3200); 

Evolution (3720); 

Ecology (3450);

Comparative Physiology (3600)

Senior Seminar (4990).

 Among your (12 minimum above 3000) elective upper division hours, try to take: 

Comparative Anatomy (4050); 

Embryology (4100); 

Histology (4120); 

Parasitology (4500)

*The Zoology major also requires two microbiology / botany courses as support. See course list for details.



Counts towards the Zoology Major

Principles of Chemistry I & II (Chem 1210, 1220 @ 5 ea);

Organic Chemistry I (Chem 2310 @ 5 );

Biochemistry I (Chem 3070 @ 4)

Note: Some vet schools want 2 full semesters of Organic Chem plus Biochemistry



One year, with laboratory (counts towards the zoology major):

General Physics I & II w/ Labs (Phsx 2010 + 2010L & Phsx 2020 + 2020L @ 5 ea)


Calculus Physics I & II w/ Labs (Phsx 2210 + 2210L & Phsx 2220 + 2220L @ 5 ea)

**USU/WSU vet school requires one semester with lab / some vet schools want a full year



Varies by school, for example, Utah State/Washington State requires Pre-calculus & Statistics; Oregon State requires Calculus & Statistics; Colorado State requires Statistics only. Taking Calculus will maximize the schools you can apply to!

College Algebra (Math QL 1050) or Pre-Calculus (Math 1080) or above is the requirement for the Zoology major

Intro to Statistics (Math QL 1040 @ 3) or Statistics in Psychology (Psych 3600 @ 3)


General Education

Most schools require between 10 - 24 credits in
humanities. These should include:
*Principles of Public Speaking (Comm HU 1020 @ 3)
*Introduction to Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (Comm HU 1050 @ 3)
*Introduction to Writing (Eng 1010 @ 3)
See the WSU Catalog for specific GenEd requirements

Individual veterinary schools may have specific course requirements such as calculus, embryology, animal nutrition, etc. Check with the individual schools to match requirements exactly. Get information on specific schools so that you can match pre-requisites appropriately. The AAVMC website has info on veterinary medicine.

Utah State University now has a Veterinary Program in which students spend their first two years in Logan, and then attended Washington State University Veterinary College for their final two years. Their specific requirement is here.

VMCAS is a central application service for vet schools; they have a common application and lots of information on requirements.



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