Employment of veterinarians is expected to grow 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities are particularly good in government, farm animal care, research, and in farm animal care. Veterinary education and training takes four to eight years after the completion of four years of college.
UWM offers all of the prerequisite coursework necessary for competitive application to schools of veterinary medicine. There are only 30 veterinary schools in the United States. The application process is extremely competitive so it is important that students interested in this career path begin careful planning of their academic career during the freshman year. Requirements vary significantly from one veterinary school to another, making early planning in consultation with a Pre-Veterinarian advisor all the more vital.
Please review the Pre-Veterinary Fact Sheet for information about suggested undergraduate courses to prepare for veterinary school, experiential opportunities available to UWM students, options for your major, and the career outlook for veterinarians. Pre-Veterinary Medicine is not a major at UWM, and students must still choose a major. Since most of the prerequisites necessary for application to veterinary school are in the sciences, many students choose a science major, though it is not required. Our Pre-Veterinary advisor works with students to ensure they understand all of the milestones that must be met in college in order to be a competitive applicant to medical school. A significant number of volunteer or work hours is often a requirement for application to veterinary school so it is important to work with this advisor beginning in freshman year in order to plan all needed activities into your college career.
The vast majority of students admitted to American schools of veterinary medicine hold a bachelor's degree. An especially well-prepared student occasionally is admitted at the end of the junior year, but pre-veterinary students should plan to complete the full bachelor's degree.
All American schools of veterinary medicine require that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Pre-veterinary students normally should arrange to take this test at the end of their junior year. The Pre-Veterinary advisor can provide information regarding the administration of this test.
Some schools of veterinary medicine specify additional courses as part of the minimal preparation for admission. Calculus frequently is required or recommended. Therefore, pre-veterinary students should ascertain the specific requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply and plan their undergraduate programs accordingly.
Required Coursework for Admission to Schools of Veterinary Medicine
|BIO SCI 150||Foundations of Biological Sciences I||4|
|BIO SCI 152||Foundations of Biological Sciences II||4|
|BIO SCI 325||Genetics||4|
|CHEM 102||General Chemistry||5|
|CHEM 104||General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis||5|
|CHEM 343||Organic Chemistry 1||3|
|CHEM 344||Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1||2|
|CHEM 345||Organic Chemistry 1||3|
|CHEM 501||Introduction to Biochemistry||3|
|PHYSICS 120||General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment) 2||4|
|PHYSICS 122||General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment) 2||4|
|MTHSTAT 215||Elementary Statistical Analysis (or any Statistics course)||3|
|Select one of the following:||0-3|
|Introduction to College Writing|
|College Writing and Research|
Or appropriate score on placement exam 3
Even if a student tests out of English, some veterinary schools require an additional writing course.
Although the courses listed above are mandatory for admission to almost all American schools of veterinary medicine, the rest of the program can be whatever the student wishes. Students are not required to major in biology in order to gain admission to vet school, although many choose to do so because the major aligns with their interests.