Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarians are healthcare professionals who diagnose, treat or research medical conditions on animals.
There are various career options for veterinarians: private practice, corporate medicine, research, public health, teaching, and shelter medicine.

The Career Center's Guide to Veterinary Medicine

Looking for pre-requisite courses? Tips for getting hands-on clinical experience? Veterinary school application prep and timeline suggestions? Look no further! Our Veterinary Medicine Preparation Guide has all this and more.

Occupation Outlook

Pathway to Veterinary Medicine

There are a variety of ways for students to pursue Veterinary Medicine as a career

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.

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Recommended Services for Pre-Veterinary Medicine Students

  • Health Professions Advising
  • Health Professions Drop-ins
  • Personal Statement Review
  • Mock Interviews