Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Contact Information

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 coursework 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. For admittance into the professional program, 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: Diversity and Evolution with Lab
and Foundations of Biology: Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
BIOL 3210Biology of Microorganisms with Lab4
or BIOL 2200 Introduction to Microbiology with Lab
BIOL 2810Genetics with Lab4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
General Chemistry I with Lab
and General Chemistry II with Lab
CHEM 2010Organic Chemistry I with Lab4
CHEM 4400Biochemistry with Lab4
Select one of the following:8
Physics for the Health Sciences I with Lab
and Physics for the Health Sciences II with Lab
Introductory Physics I with Lab
and Introductory Physics II with Lab
English composition (met by core requirement)4
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I
Four courses in history, social sciences, arts, and humanities (generally satisfied by the liberal arts core requirements)16
Total Credits64