Pre-Veterinary Medicine



Arcadia University offers several routes for completion of the requirements for admission to schools of veterinary medicine. Majors in Biology or Chemistry are most commonly taken by students interested in veterinary medicine, but schools will accept students with excellent records in other majors, provided they have adequate preparation in the basic sciences and mathematics. The pre-health adviser assists students with the application process and choice of schools.

Minimum Recommended Courses

All schools of veterinary medicine recommend the following courses:

  • BI 101, 102 General Biology I, II
  • BI 211 Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
  • CH 101, 102 General Chemistry I, IIĀ  or CH 111, 112 Conceptual Chemistry I, II
  • CH 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structures, Mechanisms and Reactions
  • PH 201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II or PH 211, 212 Conceptual Physics I, II
  • MA 201 Calculus I
  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics

Some schools require additional Mathematics or Chemistry as well as Biochemistry and/or Microbiology. These requirements may be met with the following courses:

  • CH 202 Organic Chemistry II
  • CH 303 Biochemistry or BI 340 Biochemistry
  • MA 141 Elementary Statistics
  • MA 202 Calculus II
  • BI 204 Genetics
  • BI 323 Microbiology
  • BI 325 Cell Biology
  • HE 481 Nutrition
  • PBH 620 Biostatistics

Students are advised to check with the schools at which they intend to apply to determine which of the Mathematics, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Microbiology courses are pre-requisites for admission.

Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission. The GRE may be taken in the spring or summer of the junior year or the fall of the senior year for students who plan to enter veterinary school immediately following graduation.

In addition to prerequisite coursework, students are expected to have gained practical experience with veterinary medicine by either working or volunteering in facilities where veterinary medicine is practiced, such as veterinary clinics, zoos or animal husbandry facilities. Some schools may have specific hour requirements for these experiences.

A strong background in liberal arts and study abroad experiences are considered favorably.

Other courses recommended as electives include the following:

  • BI 325 Cell Biology
  • BI 327 Histology
  • BI 332 Animal Behavior
  • BI 335 Neurobiology
  • BI 337 Immunobiology

Adviser: Dr. Sheryl Smith

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