Veterinary School

There are 28 veterinary schools in the U.S. The veterinary school curriculum is 4 years long and leads to the DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree).

Admission is extremely competitive, even more so than medical school. Your best chance of admission is at your state veterinary school. Many veterinary schools have agreements with states that do not have one. Read the entire section on medical school and heed the advice given there.

Course Requirements

LC offers prerequisite courses, but does not offer a program in veterinary medicine.

The minimum course requirements for veterinary school are the same as for medical school, but there is more variability between schools for advanced courses. Some schools require biochemistry and advanced biology courses.

Since most veterinary schools require the GRE, physics does not need to be completed before the end of the junior year. Schedule it whenever it fits best with your major and other required courses.

This is the one health field where it might be optimal to be a biology major; the extensive pre-requisites for veterinary school count towards the major. It might be difficult to schedule all required, major, and general education courses if you are not a biology major, but it will not be impossible. Major in something you are interested in.

The average GPA of students admitted to veterinary school last year was about 3.5.

Clinical/Research Experience

Veterinary schools require clinical experience in a veterinary setting. Some specify the nature and time of service. Many well-qualified applicants are denied admission because they do not have enough animal experience. Some veterinary schools also expect the student to do an individual research project.

Standardized Test

Students planning to enter veterinary school must take the GRE, VCAT, or MCAT. Most require the GRE (verbal and quantitative). It is advisable to take the GRE in the spring of the junior year. Be sure to get a GRE preparation book with software to learn about the test and study what you can. Obviously, your chances of being admitted increase as your GRE scores increase.

If a school you are applying to requires the biology subject test, be sure to study. You will need some advanced biology courses to do well.


The Veterinary Medical College Application Service allows a student to apply to one or more of the participating VMCAS institutions using a single application packet. VMCAS distributes copies of the completed applications and documents to each selected VMCAS institution.

When selecting the schools/colleges to which you wish to apply, be sure you have completed all of the prerequisites for each institution. Prerequisites include all required course work and standardized tests. These requirements vary significantly from one institution to the next. If you do not complete the prerequisites for a particular institution, you may not be considered for admission.