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Preparing for Veterinary School



Dear Beloit College Health Professions student,

We hope to be able to help you in your choice of courses as you prepare for admission to the professional school of your choice.

The courses that are required for Veterinary Schools are similar to Medical Schools, but different schools have slightly different requirements. Please check with the schools in which you are interested.

All Veterinary Medicine programs require:

Experience in a veterinary setting, with both large animals and with small animals.
2 semesters of introductory biology, which should include Zoology or Human Biology and Microbiology

3 semesters of Chemistry

Other common requirements are: 2 semesters of Organic Chemistry, 2 semesters of Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Nutrition. 

Most veterinary schools require that you take 2 semesters of English or Composition and 3 other courses in social sciences and humanities. Some require a course in Statistics like Biometrics. You will need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by the fall of your senior year.

Veterinary medicine schools are highly competitive. You need a grade point average above 3.4 to be considered by most schools. Remember, you are competing with students from all over the country for admission. Many schools are interested in students who have completed research projects during the academic year or in the summer.

The Health Professions advisors can help you set up internships with local vet clinics. Experience is critical to your admission. Schools are also interested in your volunteer activities, your leadership abilities, your experience working with animals, and your commitment to working with people.   

The professors on the Health Professions Advisory Committee are available to advise you on what you need to do to get in to vet school. If you are interested in vet school, you should make sure to take advantage of the programs scheduled by HPAC and to meet with these advisors. 

It is important that you take 2 laboratory courses during your first year at Beloit College. We strongly recommend that you take Chemistry 117 and an introductory Biology course chosen from Human Biology, Microbiology (offered in fall) or Zoology (offered in spring).


The Health Professions Advisory Committee             

Please come see us.


Rachel Bergstrom,

Kevin Braun,

Ted Gries (chair),

Kathryn Johnson, (Serving Spring 2017)

Kristin Labby,

Laura Parmentier,