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Pre-Veterinary

Why Choose Pre-Vet at Eastern?

As Pre-Vet students, you must start planning early by setting out the right course of action geared toward your career goals. As with medical schools, veterinary schools do not require that you choose a specific college major. Therefore, no matter which major you choose, you need to take the following courses (preferably by the end of the junior year) to prepare yourself for admission:

  • English (composition and literature):  1 year (one semester of each)
  • Chemistry (including labs; majors Chemistry, General and Organic): 2 years
  • Physics (including labs): 1 year; note one semester of Calculus is a prerequisite
  • Biology (including labs): 1 year

Some vet programs also require 6 credits of social sciences or humanities (covered by Eastern University’s core and breadth requirements). Also note also that some schools have unique requirements, like Biochemistry. Be sure to investigate those schools you are interested in to ensure that you will satisfy their prerequisites (see http://www.aavmc.org/vmcas/college_requirement.htm).

Web Sites To Help Plan A Veterinary Education

Other Excellent Web Sites

Practical Experience and Local Volunteer Opportunities

  • Besides grades and standardized tests, research opportunities and volunteer experiences will add dimension to your application. These experiences are extremely important!
  • Penn Veterinary Medicine (University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine) New Bolton Center, Kennett Square, PA needs volunteers to "foal sit" in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit http://www.vet.upenn.edu/WidenerHospital/BasicInformation/VolunteerServices.aspx.  Contact the Foal Sitter Hotline at 610.444.5800.
  • Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Adventures in Veterinary Medicine summer program
  • Lectures given by Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine professors
  • Clinical and surgical rotations with fourth-year Tufts veterinary students
  • Speakers, discussions, and videos address a wide range of veterinary specialties
  • Admissions presentation about preparing for the challenge of applying to veterinary school
  • See http://www.tufts.edu/vet/avm/college.html

Office of Special Programs
Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: 508-839-7962, Fax: 508-839-7953, Email: avm@tufts.edu

Veterinary Medical Science Program At Drexel - for students who desire additional preparation after graduation before applying to vet school
http://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/AcademicPrograms/ProfessionalStudiesintheHealthSciences/Programs/VeterinaryMedicalScienceVMSProgram.aspx
E-mail: medicalsciences@drexelmed.edu

Other Important Contacts For Pre-Vet Students

Health Professions Scholarship Program with US ARMY
http://www.goarmy.com/amedd/medical/corps_benefits.jsp#hpsp
Currently, the United States Army is offering two, three, and four year scholarships for students in medical, dental, or optometry schools and two and three year scholarships for students in veterinary, and clinical psychology schools. This scholarship covers tuition, books, and other expenses related to their education and approved by their dean. Additionally, students selected to receive the Health Professional Scholarship will receive a stipend of $1,900.00 per month while enrolled. Selected students will be commissioned as 2LT in the US Army reserve while enrolled and will be commissioned captains in the active army upon graduation. The service obligation is one year active duty for each scholarship year with a minimum obligation of three years in active duty.
Christian Veterinary Mission

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