Veterinary Medicine


Veterinarians play a major role in the health care of pets, livestock, laboratory animals, zoo animals, and animals as related to public health. Veterinarians work in food safety, sanitation, and research. Most veterinarians work in private practice, research centers, government agencies, and in the food industry.

– Ted Johnson, Finding Your Way to a Career in the Health Professions


Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):

 Biology (3 courses)  BIO 150, BIO 227, BIO 233
 General chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 125, CHEM 126*
 Organic chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 247/253, CHEM 248/254
 Biochemistry (1 courses)  CHEM 379
 Physics (2 courses)  PHYS 124, PHYS 125
 Math (1 course)  MATH 120
 English (2 courses)  Variety of course options
*St. Olaf General Chemistry options:
  1. CHEM 125 (Fall), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  2. CHEM 121 (Fall), CHEM 123 (Interim), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  3. CH/BI 125 (Fall), CH/BI 126 (Interim), CH/BI 127 (Spring, also counts as a semester of General Biology)
Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to!


All schools require a significant number of hours of observation in veterinary medicine.

Entrance exam:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

General application:

AAVMC – Costs $195 for the first school and $100 for each additional school.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs are four years in length.


Campus contact:

  • Diane Angell, Biology Department
    • Extension: 3101
    • Office: Regents Hall 434

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