Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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Name: Dr. Cindy Norton (Biology)

One path to a career in veterinary medicine is through the DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). Application for admission to a veterinary school is normally made during the senior year of college. To be eligible for admission, students must complete a series of specific prerequisite courses as part of their undergraduate program at St. Catherine's. While prerequisite requirements vary in detail, all emphasize course work in the natural sciences. However, because veterinary schools do not require a specific academic major for admission, students may complete these prerequisite courses as part of an undergraduate program that includes any major of their choosing. Students must also complete the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) General test.

The prerequisite courses that are often required for admission to veterinary school include the following:

BIOL 1710
BIOL 1720
Foundations of Biology I with Lab
and Foundations of Biology II with Lab
8
BIOL 3210Biology of Microorganisms with Lab4
or BIOL 2200 Introduction to Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 3444Genetics with Lab4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
8
CHEM 2010Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 4400Biochemistry4
Select one of the following:8
Physics for the Health Sciences I
and Physics for the Health Sciences II with Lab
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics II
English composition (met by core requirement)4
Select one of the following:4
Precalculus
Calculus I
Four courses in history, social sciences, arts, and humanities (generally satisfied by the liberal arts core requirements)16
Total Credits64