Richard A. Henson School of Science & Technology

Veterinary Medical School Preparation

www.aavmc.org

Preparation for vet medical school requires, first and foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be completed and that the applicant take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

You can choose any undergraduate major, provided that you include the required vet medical school prerequisite classes in your course of study. Most students, at Salisbury University, choose to major in Biology. You must do very well academically in the area of study that you choose and also in all prerequisite courses. Requirements may vary by school, but the following courses are generally required:

Inorganic Chemistry(1 year with Lab)
CHEM 121, 122

Organic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 221,222

Biochemistry
CHEM 417

Math
For programs that require calculus, general recommendations are:
MATH 198- Biology majors

MATH 201- Chemistry majors
MATH 160- Other majors
Consult your major advisor, checklist, and/or HPAP advisor for additional information on math choices.
Many veterinary schools require two semesters of math, and this requirement varies as to what is acceptable. Please check school requirements carefully.

Physics (1 year with Lab)
PHYS 121,123

Biology (1 year with Lab)
BIOL 210, 213


Lauren Abell
Biology Major
Chemistry Minor
Bellevance Honors Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech


Chris Runion
Ross University Veterinary School


Meghan Neal
Biology Major
Chemistry Minor
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech


Lauren Carey
Biology Major
Chemistry Minor
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech

   

Vet Medical School applications will require a letter of recommendation from the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) at Salisbury University. In order to be eligible for this committee letter, you must file an interview application to HPAC by March 15, the semester before you plan to apply to vet medical school.

It is very important for a competitive applicant to have extracurricular activities. There are a wide range of possibilities. It is important that you have clinical experience to be certain that you have knowledge of the field and job of the veterinarian. Most pre-vet students have greater than 100 hours of experiences including both small and large animals. Research or clinical experiences that you initiate or develop yourself are particularly rewarding and viewed very positively. Community and campus service, participation in organized sports or arts, leadership, and well developed personal interests are all important in the admission process.