Pre-Veterinary

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Interested in Veterinary Medicine?

Contact Dr. Tim Keeton, the pre-vet coordinator, or Cristy Calhoun, coordinator of the Integrated Health Studies Institute, to express your interest in pre-veterinary studies. 

Veterinarians are involved in a wide range of activities. They treat animals (diagnose, vaccinate, treat wounds, perform surgery and provide information) in large, small and combined practices. 

They may also:

  • Research animal diseases/problems in livestock, horse racing
  • Help in the care of/research zoo animals, exotics, and wildlife
  • Work in laboratories to test drugs for animal and human diseases
  • Work to control the spread of animal vectors for human diseases
  • Work in food safety, inspect livestock, help develop and enforce government regulations
  • Establish animal herds for poor communities worldwide

Does Alma have a pre-vet major?

At most schools, pre-vet is a program, a curriculum of classes for vet school application, not a major you can declare. Most pre-vet students at Alma College will be biology majors with chemistry minors.

Pre-veterinary academic requirements

Pre-requisite courses required my veterinary graduate programs will very from school to school.  You will want to begin to research schools you are interested in early in order to assure that you are meeting their course requirements for admission.  For a complete list of veterinary graduate programs and their pre-requisites please refer to the Summary of Course Pre-requisites on the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website. 

Volunteer/Shadowing

Veterinary applications require extensive documented experience by veterinarians who are not family members or employed by family members. High levels of engagement and initiative, not just observing, are required. A variety of experiences is preferred; both large and small animal exposure is expected.

Animal experience includes 4-H animal projects, livestock farms, humane societies, zoos, kennel work, racetracks – any activity that allows you to gain hands-on experience in working with animals in general. This does not include family pets. It’s advisable to keep a journal of your activities. Include dates, time spent, types of activities, who supervised, etc.

Individual schools vary on the number of volunteer hours they require. Make sure to check individual schools’ websites for more information.

GPA and Entrance Exams

Veterinary school is very competitive! There is only one school in Michigan, and many states do not even have a vet school. MSU-CVM accepts more in-state than out-of-state applicants, but it is possible to be accepted at other states’ schools.

A high GPA is required. In order to be competitive you should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher (3.7 may be closer to the norm). Please examine individual schools for more information.

The on-line GRE (Graduate Record Exam) (or MCAT) is required for admission. MSU has no preference, but you should check other veterinary schools. 

Application to Veterinarian Programs

Application is through VMCAS. Bookmark this site, and print out a sample application to see what information is required. Applications should be completed over the summer prior to your senior year. Earlier is better, as long as you have a polished application.

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