A healthy owl perches in the foreground with a vet in the background.

Thinking About Becoming a Veterinarian?

Veterinary medicine is a special niche within healthcare. Students will earn their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD). Veterinarians are healthcare professionals who diagnose, treat or research medical conditions and diseases of pets and livestock, as well as animals in zoos, ranches, farms, racetracks and laboratories. There are a variety of career options for veterinarians: private practice, corporate medicine, federal government, research, public health, teaching, and shelter medicine. 

Preparation and Requirements

Pre-Vet students are expected to establish a strong academic record and participate in activities that better develop their interpersonal skills, their knowledge of the medical profession, and their leadership abilities. These types of activities often include things such as employment opportunities, veterinarian shadowing, volunteer experiences, organizational memberships, and community service.

Application Process

There are many steps and requirements to apply to veterinary school, including an entrance exam, personal statement, and letters of recommendation. Pay close attention to the instruction manual for the centralized application service and requirements for individual programs. Meet with a Health Professions advisor to make sure you’re on track.

Application Timeline

The application cycle can take up to one year to complete. Think about your ideal timeline: when do you plan to start veterinary school? We recommend you meet with a pre-health advisor to assess your readiness to apply.