• Veterinary Medicine

    Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. Veterinarians treat the injuries and illnesses of pets and other animals with a variety of medical equipment, including surgical tools and x-ray and ultrasound machines. They provide treatment for animals that is similar to the services a physician provides to treat humans.” -United States Department of Labor

    Veterinarians also play a critical role in promoting the health and welfare of farm animals, exotic animals, working animals (like those in the equine industry), and those that need a healthy environment in which to thrive, whether that environment is a rain forest, a desert or even the ocean. Many veterinarians work on research, food safety and inspection testing animals and animal products for major diseases, developing vaccines and enforcing government safety regulations. Veterinarians also design and administer animal and public health programs for the prevention and control of diseases transmissible among animals and between animals and people.

    Prerequisite Coursework

    Admission requirements vary by programs. Please check the schools of choice for a detailed list of prerequisite coursework. View a comprehensive list.

    Common natural sciences prerequisites include:

    Biological Science

    BIOL 1800- Principles of Ecology and Evolution
    BIOL 1820- Plant and Animal Physiology
    BIOL 3050- Principles of Genetics
    BIOL 3060- Principles of Cell Biology
    BIOC 3820- Biochemistry I
    BIO55550- Microbiology


    CHEM 1130- General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1140- General Chemistry II
    CHEM 1150- Advance General Chemistry
    CHEM 3450- Organic Chemistry I


    MATH 1170- Calculus I
    PSY 1340 or QMBE 1310- Statistics


    PHYS 1230- General Physics I
    PHYS 1240- General Physics II
    PHYS 1150- Algebra based Physics I
    PHYS 1160- Algebra based Physics II


    Most veterinary schools recommend that applicants take at least two semesters (8 credits) of college level English courses. Hamline students can take:

    ENG 1110- Writing and Reading Texts
    ENG 1800- Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric
    ENG 3010- Textual Studies and Criticism
    ENG 3020- Literary and Cultural Theory

    Most veterinary schools require 6-9 credits in the fields of social sciences and humanities, here are some courses that you should consider:


    PHIL 1120- General Philosophy
    PHIL 1140- Ethics
    PHIL 1130- Logic

    Social Sciences

    PSY 1330- General Psychology
    SOC 1110 -Introduction to Social Thinking

    Relevant Tests

    Students applying to veterinary school must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

    Degree Programs


    A DVM program typically lasts four years and features in-depth training in animal sciences. You can also learn medical skills with an emphasis on applying them towards non-human members of the animal kingdom. DVM training provides students with the education and clinical skills they need to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries in animals, as well as understand the care needed to keep animals healthy. The veterinary school must be part of a four-year university and be accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)


    These programs combine a doctor of veterinary medicine degree with the rigorous research training of the Ph.D. program. DVM/Ph.D. graduates work as leaders of biomedicine and the veterinary profession in academic research, medicine and teaching; government service and public health; and the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.


    This program provides specialty training in veterinary medicine and public health. After completion of this program students receive a doctor of veterinary medicine degree and a master’s in public health. Individuals with this type of education often work with governmental agencies such as the United State Public Health Service, which works to control the transmission of animal-to-human (zoonotic) diseases. They are also employed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) working on biosecurity, environmental quality, public health, meat inspection, regulatory medicine, and agricultural animal health, or the investigation of disease outbreaks.

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