There are a limited number of veterinary programs in the country and some specialize in different areas of veterinary medicine (i.e. exotic animals, large production animals, equine, etc.). Therefore, it is highly recommended that students look at the various programs and identify their own potential schools of interest. In addition, the prerequisites do vary from program to program.

The following courses are recommended as generally fulfilling prerequisites for schools of veterinary medicine: 

Coursework in Biology
  • BIOL 101 (Foundations in Biology)
  • BIOL 201 (Intermediate Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 307 (Microbiology; while we offer a 200 level Microbiology course, graduate schools prefer students complete the upper level microbiology coursework)
  • BIOL 316 (Genetics)
  • BIOL 317 (Biochemistry)

Some veterinary programs require courses in anatomy and physiology. It is recommended that students take BIOL323 (Animal Physiology) and BIOL330 (Comparative Anatomy) at CSB/SJU.

Coursework in Chemistry: Courses
  • CHEM125 (Organic)
  • CHEM250 (Reactivity I)
  • CHEM255 (Inorganic and quantitative)
  • CHEM251 (Reactivity II: only required if a full year of organic is required)
Labs (for credit):
  • CHEM201 (Purification I)
  • CHEM202 (Purification II)
  • CHEM205 (Quantitative)
  • CHEM 203 (if 2 semesters of organic is required) 
Coursework in Mathematics:
  • MATH124 (Statistics)
  • MATH119 (Calculus) 
Coursework in Physics:
  • PHYS104 (Physics for the Life Sciences I)
  • PHYS105 (Physics for the Life Sciences II)

Some veterinary programs also require a course in writing, a public speaking course, and some general coursework in the Humanities. 

In addition, it is recommended that you obtain some significant experience working with animals and shadowing veterinarians. In fact, some schools specifically ask for a letter of recommendation from a veterinarian.