Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Do you have a love and passion to work with animals?  You might consider a career as a veterinarian if you do!  In addition to taking care of our companion animals, veterinarians are responsible for the safety of our nation's food supply. They also work to control the spread of diseases from animals to humans.  Veterinarians are the front lines of protecting the health and welfare of the public.

So what do I really need to do to be successful in being admitted to veterinary school?  Well, click here to find out precisely what you need to do!

Overall, you need high grades on science and math courses, significant volunteering/shadowing experience, and a competitive score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Acquire as much experience with pets as possible. Consider volunteering at your local humane society or with a local veterinarian. You also need to make sure you have both large and small animal experience. Remember to check out the website of the veterinary medical schools in which you are interested to make sure you are aware of any required courses in addition to those in your major and minor.

Several veterinary medical schools require an Animal Nutrition class (not Human Nutrition). Since we do not have this class at UNA, you will have to enroll in an on-line course at another school. Many students enroll in this class at Oklahoma State, Rutgers, North Carolina State University or Purdue University. In addition, both Jacksonville State University and Auburn-Montgomery also offer the course on-line. Where you take the class is your choice.