Veterinary Medicine
Pre-requisite Requirements

Requirements for professional schools vary from school to school and can change year by year, students must carefully examine the pre-requisite requirements of the schools they are interested in to be current and accurate when registering for courses at Gustavus.

Consult the the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges titled “Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements”.

A reference copy of the guidebook is available in the Career Development library, located in the Gustavus Center for Servant Leadership. Also, consult the Gustavus General Catalog to find more Pre-Professional information.

 

Pre-Requisite requirements vary between programs so pre-veterinary students are advised to study carefully the requirements of the veterinary programs of their choice. Interested students are encouraged to consult a publication of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges titled “Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements” at the earliest opportunity to plan for the entrance requirements of a specific veterinary school. A copy is available in the Career Center.
Admission requirements vary with schools, but most include the courses required by the University of Minnesota. Listed below are the Gustavus courses needed to meet these requirements:
  • Biology—BIO-101, BIO-102, BIO-201, BIO-202, BIO- 242 Vertebrate Zoology (BIO 102 or BIO 373 Cell Biology or BIO 386 Comparative Physiology can be used to meet the Zoology requirement at the U of M) BIO-374 and BIO-380.
    Chemistry—CHE-107, CHE-141, CHE-251, CHE-255, CHE-258.
  • English Composition—(WRITI/D Three courses from at least two departments designated by a “w” on transcript, one of which must be Level II or higher, accepted at U of MN)
  • Mathematics—MCS-118/119 or MCS-121 and (MCS 142 or equivalent recommended).
  • Physics—PHY-120/121 and PHY-170/171 or PHY-122/121 and PHY-172/171.
  • Arts & Humanities (2 courses required)—Art, Literature and Music courses can usually be used to fulfill this requirement, as can many Humanities, Theater, Philosophy, Religion and Foreign Language courses.
  • History & Social Sciences (2 courses required)—Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science and Sociology courses can be used to fulfill this requirement.
    *Students who earn their bachelor's degree from Gustavus must complete four Gustavus course credits from these two area (Arts & Humanities or History & Social Sciences)
 

Sample Curriculum of pre-requisite courses for Veterinary Medicine @ Gustavus

First Year:

Fall                                                                
BIO 101 Principles of Biology                     
CHE 107 Principles of Chemistry              
FTS 100 (Writing Intensive course- WRITI)                                                               

 

Spring
BIO 102 Organismal Biology
CHE 141 Organic Chemistry I
*Arts & Humanities/Social Science Elective
 

 

Second Year:

Fall                                                                
BIO 201 Cell and Molecular Biology                      
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry II                    
MCS 121 or 118/119                                                           

 

Spring
BIO 202 Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
CHE 258 Inorganic Chem. I
*Arts & Humanities/Social Science Elective       

 

Junior Year:

Fall                                                                                                               
PHY 120/121 or PHY 122/121 
BIO 374 Genetics                 
*Arts & Humanities/Social Science Elective                               

 

Spring
BIO 242 Vertebrate Zoology
PHY 170/171 or PSY 172/171
*Arts & Humanities/Social Science Elective

 

Senior Year:

Fall                                                                
CHE 255   Biochemistry 
Statistics (required at some programs; recommended)                                                    

 

Spring
BIO 380 Instrumental Methods

 

The courses listed above show what a representative Veterinary program may look like; however pre-requisite requirements vary between institutions.  Be sure to check with the schools to which you are interested in applying to determine their specific requirements. Veterinary Colleges Accredited by the AVMA

 

Examples of Pre-requisites at Veterinary Programs

Requirements for professional schools vary from school to school and can change year by year, students must carefully examine the pre-requisite requirements of the schools they are interested in to be current and accurate when registering for courses at Gustavus.

Consult the the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges titled “Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements”.

A reference copy of the guidebook is available in the Career Development library, located in the Gustavus Center for Servant Leadership. Also, consult the Gustavus General Catalog to find more Pre-Professional information.

 

 

Updated 4/4/2014 HB