Ohio University

A&S Pre-Veterinary Program

Veterinary School Prerequisites

Veterinary schools require students to take natural sciences classes, but the exact requirements vary by school. Certain courses are required for most schools, including:

  • Two semesters of Biology, with labs
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry, with labs
  • Two semesters of General Physics, with labs
  • Two semesters of Organic Chemistry, with labs
  • One semester of Biochemistry
  • College English
  • College Math and/or Statistics

Other courses commonly required by schools include calculus, psychology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and humanities courses. An overview of school prerequisites can be found via the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Applicants should confirm these prerequisites with individual schools. Many schools do not require students to obtain a four year degree if other prerequisites are met, but most prefer such a degree. Most veterinary schools also require scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

Student Involvement

You will find many activities on campus that interest you. There will be many demands on your time with classes, shadowing experiences, and student activities. Many pre-vet students choose to join the Pre-Veterinary Club. Campus involvement will enrich your undergraduate experience. Take care to manage your time effectively.

Clinical Experience

Pre-Veterinary students also should obtain clinical experience through shadowing, volunteering or employment. You will benefit from a firsthand view of your prospective career, and veterinary schools give weight to this experience in admissions.