UWM offers all of the prerequisite coursework necessary for competitive application to schools of veterinary medicine. There are only 28 veterinary schools in the United States – the application process is extremely competitive so it is important that students interested in this career path begin careful planning of their academic career during the freshman year. Requirements vary significantly from one veterinary school to another, making early planning in consultation with a pre-vet advisor all the more vital. Some veterinary schools will accept highly-qualified students who have completed only three years of college and the necessary science and math prerequisites.
Hands-on experience is essential for students interested in veterinary school whether through volunteer opportunities or paid work at a veterinary clinic, research lab, hospital, zoo, farm, or other animal care setting. Diversity of experience (e.g. large animal, small animal, exotics, etc.) is particularly valued. Applicants to veterinary school also should have demonstrated leadership skills through extracurricular activities during college, jobs, or other opportunities.
Please review the Pre-Veterinary Fact Sheet (PDF) for information about suggested undergraduate courses to prepare for veterinary school, experiential opportunities available to UWM students, options for your major, and the career outlook for veterinarians.
A suggested timeline is also available to help you plan preparatory activities throughout your four years in college.
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