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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

​Veterinarians care for the health of animals. They diagnose, treat or research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks and laboratories.

Pre-Veterinary Club

The Pre-Veterinary Club prepares students for a future in veterinary medicine and provides opportunities to learn more about the profession by touring veterinarian programs, bringing in guest speakers and offering volunteer opportunities.

The club meets bi-weekly on Sundays at 7:00 PM.


Admission Requirements for Veterinary School
From the time you begin college, you are assembling a complete universal application to apply to these professional schools. Veterinarian schools will review your application as a whole; you can work with your advisors to provide a competitive application.

Education and Training
Prospective veterinarians must graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree from a 4-year program at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are 30 colleges that meet accreditation standards set by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the United States and 19 colleges outside of the U.S.

College Major
You are not required to select a particular major in order to be eligible for admission to a Veterinarian program. In selecting a college major, consider how you will satisfactorily complete the prerequisite courses for your designated program in addition to the college/university's degree and major requirements.  Work with your academic and/or pre-veterinarian advisor to plan your course schedule.

You have the option to choose from a variety of undergraduate majors to prepare you for a veterinarian program. Suggested undergraduate majors include Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry.

GPA
Most programs look for a minimum undergraduate cumulative 3.0 GPA but the average GPA for matriculates is a 3.6 cumulative and a 3.5 in the sciences. Keep in mind these numbers are averages and various schools can have their own averages that are higher or lower. Also, these averages are climbing higher each year and admission to veterinary medical schools is more competitive than ever. Be sure you take your studies seriously and put in the proper time for reading, studying, and review for each course.

The choice of an undergraduate major while preparing for veterinary school is not especially critical for successful admission, but the selection of certain coursework and the right combination of sciences, social and behavioral sciences and electives is important.

Certain basic requirements must be fulfilled before you can be accepted to a veterinary school. This is a GUIDE only.  Students must consult with their advisors AND the appropriate veterinarian schools on a regular basis for revisions to course requirements and to identify and ensure completion of all required courses.

  • 1 year general Chemistry with labs
  • 1 year Organic Chemistry with labs
  • 1 year Physics with labs
  • 1 year Biology with labs
  • 1 year English
  • 1 semester Biochemistry
  • 1 semester Genetics
  • 1 semester Mathematics
  • 1 semester Statistics

Below are the CMU courses we recommend to meet these requirements:
Subjects
​Course Numbers
​Credits
​General Chemistry
​CHM 131 & 132
​8 credits

​Organic Chemistry
​CHM 345, 346, 349
​8 credits

​Physics
​PHY 130, 131, 170, & 171
​10 credits

​Biology
​BIO 111 & 112
​8 credits

​Biochemistry
​CHM 425 or 521 & 522
​3-6 credits

​English
​ENG 101 & 201
​3 credits

​Genetics
BIO 211
​4 credits

​Statistics
​BIO 500 or STA 282 or higher
​4 credits



​Math
​MTH 107 & 109 or MTH 130 or MTH 132 (Varies depending on the school)
​4-6 credits


Some veterinary schools may have additional courses required or recommended. Review the admission requirements of the veterinary schools you plan on applying in advance.

All required courses must be taken for a grade. Each school has its own policy regarding AP credit. Usually, AP credit in these areas should be followed with additional upper level work in the discipline including labs.

Additional Courses

To further strengthen you application and your ability to succeed in veterinary school, here are some additional courses you could take:

​Subjects
​Course Numbers
​Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
​BIO 337


​Cell Biology
​BIO 324


​Physiology
​BIO 392


​Animal Nutrition

Job Outlook
Veterinarians held about 78,300 jobs in 2014. 

Excellent job opportunities are expected because there are only 30 accredited schools of veterinary medicine in the U.S., resulting in only 3,000 graduates each year.

Employment of veterinarians is expected to increase 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be particularly good in government and in farm animal care.

Earnings
Median annual wages of veterinarians were $88,770 in May 2014. 
Online Resources
For information on a career as a veterinarian and a list of U.S. schools and colleges of veterinary medicine: 

For information on veterinary education:

For general veterinary information:

Entrance Exams
You may be required to submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), depending on the preference of the college to which you are applying. Currently, 38 schools require the GRE and 5 accept the MCAT.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)
This is a computerized exam offered year-round. Examinees may take the test once every 21 days, but no more than 5 times within a 12-month period.

In order to register for the GRE you will need to complete the following:


Quick Look at the GRE
​Verbal Reasoning 
  • 60 minutes
  • 40 questions
  • Score range: 130-170
  • Content: reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, vocabulary
  • CMU courses with relevant content: ENG 101, ENG 201
​Quantitative Reasoning
  • 70 Minutes
  • 40 questions
  • Score range: 130-170
  • Content: basic math, algebra, geometry, data analysis
  • CMU courses with relevant content: MTH 105 or higher
​Analytical Writing
  • 60 minutes
  • 2 essays (30 minutes/essay)
  • Score range: 0-6
  • Content: grammar, writing ability, analytical reasoning, communicate complex ideas, assemble evidence
  • CMU courses with relevant content: ENG 101, ENG 201 
​When do students take the GRE?
  • Usually in the spring or early summer after your junior year; however, the exam is offered year-round.
​Where is the GRE administered?
  • On CMU's campus and in many locations throughout Michigan and the United States
​What is the cost of the GRE?
  • $205, which covers the cost of sending scores to 4 graduate programs; additional fee for score reports beyond the 4.
​How should you prepare for the GRE?
  • Begin at least 3 months before your test date
  • Questions emphasize problem-solving abilities, not rote memorization
  • Essential to obtain practice tests
Click here for more information on the GRE.


MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)

In order to register for the MCAT you will need to complete the following:

  • Create an AAMC user account by clicking here
  • Register for MCAT by clicking here
  • Take the test

​Quick Look at the MCAT
​Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Science
  • 95 minutes
  • 59 questions
  • Score range: 118-1132
  • Content: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics
  • CMU courses with relevant content: CHM 131 & 132, CHM 345 & 346, CHM 425, PHY 130 & 131
​Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills
  • 90 minutes
  • 53 questions
  • Score range: 118-132
  • Content: passage from the social sciences and humanities disciplines might present interpretations, implications, or applications of historical accounts, theories, observations, or trends of human society as a whole, specific population groups, or specific countries.
​Biological & Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 
  • 95 minutes
  • 59 questions
  • Score range: 118-132
  • Content: biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry
  • CMU courses with relevant content: BIO 111, 112, 211, & 392
​Psychological, Social & Biological​ Foundations of Behavior 
  • 95 minutes
  • 59 questions
  • Score range: 118-132
  • Content: psychology, sociology, biology
  • CMU courses with relevant content: PSY 100, SOC 100, BIO 111 & 112
​Where is the MCAT administered?
  • On CMU's campus and in several locations throughout Michigan
​What is the cost of the MCAT?
  • $310
​How should you prepare for the MCAT?
  • Begin at least 3 months before your test date
  • Questions emphasize problem-solving abilities, not rote memorization
  • Essential to obtain practice tests
​For more information on the MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test
Michigan Veterinary School
Apply to Veterinary Schools
Most veterinary schools use the VMCAS (Veterinary Medical Colleges' Application Service) site as a centralized application site.


Experience in Veterinary Medicine 
Veterinary medicine is an animal health and production-oriented profession. Most admission committees consider animal experience to be an important preparation for the curriculum. Animal experience includes such things as breeding, rearing, feeding, and showing various species of companion animals, livestock, laboratory animals, zoo animals, or wildlife. A basic knowledge of the veterinary profession is best gained by closely observing the role of the various members of the health care team in a traditional practice setting. It is expected by most veterinary schools that candidates will exhibit a confirmed interest and motivation in a veterinary career by participating in career-related activities such as job shadowing, community service and other volunteer opportunities. Having strong career experiences and life accomplishments will allow you to validate your professionalism and maturity, which are strongly considered in the application process. 

Other qualifications: Some veterinary medical colleges place heavy consideration on your veterinary and animal experience. Formal experience, such as work with veterinarians or scientists in clinics, is particularly advantageous. You must demonstrate ambition and an eagerness to work with animals. To be a veterinarian, you should love animals and have the ability to get along with their owners. You need good manual dexterity and should also possess excellent communication and business skills.

 Advisors

​  Pre-Health Advisor

  Amber Schneider
  Emmons 136A
  To schedule an appointment, please   
  call 989-774-7506

  Biology Faculty Advisors

  Elizabeth Alm (Last Names A-L)
  Biosciences 3407
  989-774-2503

  Greg Colores (Last Names M-Z)
  Biosciences 3108
  989-774-3412

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