Veterinary Medicine Colleges and Programs

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                                of a black lab A major in Pre-veterinary Medicine is designed for aspiring students who are intent on attending veterinary school. Veterinarians are skilled medical professionals that care for animals-diagnosing and treating their health issues, preventing illness from occurring-basically ensuring their health and well-being. Veterinarians often choose to specialize with small animals or working with large animals (such as horse, cows, livestock, etc.), but there are plenty of vets who are capable of working with animals of all sizes.

Pre-veterinary Medicine majors and degree programs at most colleges and universities include courses in science and math that most veterinary schools require as a prerequisite for admittance. Biology, chemistry, (specifically organic chemistry) and other science courses will make up a large part of a student’s curriculum, as well as classes in zoology and animal science. Finding a good internship or volunteering in a veterinarians office are both useful ways to augment your studies and get some good experience that will help prepare you for and qualify you enter a good veterinary school.

However, the majority of veterinary schools don’t require that candidate major in Pre-veterinary Medicine. The most important things veterinary schools consider when evaluating candidates is a strong background in science and math-and, if possible, actual veterinary experience (i.e. internships, volunteer work, etc.)

Veterinary majors, programs and career specialties include:
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
  • Veterinary Sciences/veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology
  • Veterinary Pathology and Pathobiology
  • Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology
  • Large Animal/food Animal and Equine Surgery and Medicine
  • Small/companion Animal Surgery and Medicine
  • Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Epidemiology, and Public Health
  • Veterinary Infectious Diseases
  • Veterinary Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Other
Colleges and universities providing accredited Veterinary Medicine programs include:

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