UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Lori Fitzenberger, Student Academic Services, Pre-Vet Advisor, HLT 147, (414) 229-6104, lorifitz@uwm.edu. uwm.edu/letters-science/programs?discipline=Pre-Veterinary

Students wishing to become veterinarians should consult the pre-vet advisor early in their undergraduate career for help in planning a program. Later, the advisor also can assist students in the application process.

Hands-on experience is a very important factor of the admissions decision at most schools of veterinary medicine. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in voluntary or paid vet-related activities. Working with a veterinarian also will help you decide if veterinary medicine is the career for you.

Applicants to most schools of veterinary medicine must complete a minimum of 60 credits of college coursework prior to the start of their first semester in veterinary school. These 60 credits must include the required courses listed below and 17-20 elective credits. Pre-vet students who decide to earn a bachelor’s degree must fulfill all degree requirements. A majority of students admitted to American schools of veterinary medicine hold a baccalaureate degree. An especially well-prepared student occasionally is admitted at the end of the junior year, but pre-vet students should plan to fulfill all degree requirements.

All American schools of veterinary medicine require that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Pre-vet students normally should arrange to take this test at the end of their junior year. The pre-vet advisor can provide information regarding the administration of this test.

Some schools of veterinary medicine specify additional courses as part of the minimal preparation for admission. Calculus frequently is required or recommended. Therefore, pre-vet students should ascertain the specific requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply and plan their undergraduate programs accordingly.

Required Coursework for Admission to Schools of Veterinary Medicine:

Bio Sci 150

Foundations of Biological Sciences I


Bio Sci 152

Foundations of Biological Sciences II


Bio Sci 325



Chem 102

General Chemistry


Chem 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis


Chem 343

Organic Chemistry


Chem 344

Organic Chemistry Laboratory


Chem 345

Organic Chemistry


(Some vet schools will accept Chem 341/342 instead of 343/344/345.)

Chem 501



Physics 120

General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)


Physics 122

General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)


(Some vet schools may require a physics lab, e.g., Physics 121 or 123.)

Statistics (MthStat 215 or any Statistics course)


English (English 101, 102, or appropriate score on placement exam)


(Even if a student tests out of English, some vet schools require an additional writing course.)

Although the courses listed above are mandatory for admission to almost all American schools of veterinary medicine, the rest of the program can be whatever the student wishes. Students are not required to major in biology in order to gain admission to vet school.

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