Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES?

In making decisions about admissions, veterinary schools consider a range of factors that may vary from one school to another. All prerequisite courses usually need to be completed with a grade of C or above.

It is recommended, and often required, that you complete the following courses:*

Biology 1 year w. lab (generally Foundations of Biodiversity-BIO 150 and Cell Biology-BIO 227)

Schools vary in their requirements but often include the following:

Genetics (BIO 233)

Microbiology (BIO 231)

Animal Physiology (BIO 247)

Chemistry 1 year Gen Chem w. lab (CHEM 125 & 126 OR CH/BI 125 & 126 OR CHEM 121, 123, and 126)

1 year Organic Chemistry with lab (CHEM 247 & 248), Some schools require 1 semester

Biochemistry w. lab (CHEM 379)

Physics 1 year with lab (PHYS 124 & 125)
Math & Stats Calculus (MATH 119 or 120)

Statistics – (STAT 212)

English Two writing courses

 

Prerequisites from different schools (to demonstrate variations in prerequisites)

WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?

Professor Diane Angell (Assistant Professor of Biology)

Office: RNS 434 Phone: 507-786-3101 Email: angell@stolaf.edu

WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE?

WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE?

WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*

  • Animal Handling:  Most schools expect significant animal handling experience (often 500+ hours).
  • Research: It is highly recommended that you complete at least one 10-week research experience. You do not have to find a research opportunity that is related to dentistry.
  • Volunteering: It is highly recommended that you volunteer in a position, starting as early as your first year at St. Olaf. Although your volunteer role can be animal related or outside of animal care, we recommend that you aim to volunteer in both capacities. Veterinary schools are looking for applicants with sustained and meaningful volunteer experiences. They don’t want students who are simply checking the “volunteer box.”
  • Internship(s): It is recommended that you gain experience in the field through interning at a vet clinic, a department of health, an animal hospital, a zoo, etc. Internships outside of veterinary medicine are highly beneficial as well.
  • Leadership: It is strongly recommended that you serve in a leadership capacity (president of an organization, academic tutor, service on an advisory board, etc.). Leaders can enhance their communication and organization skills, as well as learn how to interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds

WHAT DO VETERINARIANS ACTUALLY DO?

Veterinarians play a major role in the health of our society by caring for animals and by using their expertise and education to protect and improve human health as well. It’s likely that you are most familiar with veterinarians who care for our companion animals, but there is more than that one career to choose from if you decide to become a veterinarian.

There are many opportunities for veterinarians, and it’s worth exploring them to discover which is the best fit for you. There is a growing need for vets with post-graduate education in particular specialties, such as molecular biology, laboratory animal medicine, toxicology, immunology, diagnostic pathology or environmental medicine. The veterinary profession also is becoming more involved in aquaculture, comparative medical research, food production and international disease control.

For example:

  • You may work to protect animal and human health by working at a government agency like the United States Department of Agriculture. Or you may want to put your expertise as a veterinarian to work with an agency like the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control to aid biosecurity, public health or disease prevention.
  • You may decide to join the U.S. Army Corps or Air Force to work on food safety or care for military working dogs. The military also provides advanced training in specialty areas for those who commit to service.
  • You can also go to work for a corporation that provides animal care or animal-related products or choose a research career.

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?

Study Abroad: Yes –  you CAN study abroad as a pre-health student! Speak with your advisor early in order to plan for when a semester or year abroad will fit into your academic plan.

Student organizations:

Full list

Pre-vet club

Alpha Epsilon Delta: Preprofessional Health Honor Society

Pre-health Professionals Club

Pre-health Moodle site

Pre-health Google calendar

Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

*Ultimately, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they complete all prerequisite coursework and experiential opportunities required for successful admission to veterinary school.