Considerations for pre-veterinary students are similar to those discussed for pre-med students. Students interested in pursuing a pre-vet curriculum typically major in biology or chemistry.
Preparing for veterinary school
- When you start at Columbia College, discuss your goal of attending veterinary school with your academic advisor.
- Identify prospective veterinary schools early, as the prerequisite undergraduate courses required for admission to each school can vary significantly.
- Familiarize yourself with the topical content of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), including the general exam and sometimes the biology subject exam. Note that some veterinary schools allow the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) as a substitute for the GRE.
- Work with your academic advisor to choose courses that will satisfy the admission prerequisites of your target schools and effectively prepare you for the GRE/MCAT. Note that some of these courses might be beyond the requirements of your undergraduate major.
- Pursue practical experiences such as internships, undergraduate research and work-shadowing with practicing veterinarians. These are highly advantageous in gaining admission to veterinary school. The Career Services office will assist you in identifying such experiential opportunities.
Further information for pre-vet students is available from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.