Preparing for Veterinary School
Are you interested in applying to a Veterinary School?
If you are considering a career in veterinary, schedule an appointment with the MPI Pre-Health Advisor. By doing so you can develop a plan specific to you and clarify any doubts pertaining to veterinary school. Do your homework before you have your advising appointment, and gather as much reliable information as possible.
If you do not know where to start, browse through some of these resources:
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions FAQ by High School and Undergraduate Students answered by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The AAVMC is a great resource to gather reliable material; it provides detailed information divided into sections: Before Applying, Application Resources, and School Information.
Explore the Veterinary Medical College of Application Service VMCAS for information on the online application.
Admission committees are looking for applicants that meet their criteria, usually but can vary between schools, Academic Performance, and Professional Preparation. These two categories focus on (but not limited to):
- GPA – A competitive GPA at 3.5 and above
- GRE – All three section (Analytical, Quantitative and Verbal) scores count
- Veterinary experience
- Animal exposure
- Personal Statement
- Letter of Recommendations
Pursuing a Career in Veterinary School:
Many believe that preventing disease and healing animals is what veterinarians focus on – but they engage in so much more. The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) provides a list the potential veterinary career paths, click HERE, to explore more. Veterinarians are animal health care professionals dedicated to serving the public’s health and welfare, the environment, homeland security, and undertaking research projects.
Becoming a veterinarian requires much dedication and diligent study. The veterinary medical student is required to meet a high level of performance and master a challenging curriculum. The demands on student time and effort are considerable, but the rewards and career satisfaction are personal achievements that make significant contributions to our society.
There are 30 accredited veterinary colleges in the US.
✓ Establish successful study practices; remember you want to maintain your GPA as high as possible.
✓ Start looking for shadowing, volunteer opportunities, and student organizations that will provide you with enriching activities.
✓ Make sure you start establishing relationships with your science and non-science professors as soon as possible, let them know that you are an aspiring health professional.
✓ Professional shadowing is a STRICT requirement for veterinary school application, it is critical for students to complete as many shadowing hours possible.
✓ As an aspiring veterinary school applicant, one of your letter of recommendations MUST come from a veterinarian.
✓ You must take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) exam; the exam will consist of (1) Analytical Writing, (2) Verbal Reasoning, and (3) Quantitative Reasoning sections. It is a non-specific subject exam required for TEXAS veterinary programs. Figure out what veterinary school you are interested in applying to, some schools require the Biology GRE along with the General GRE.
All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
Keep in mind that pre-calculus MATH 1508 is a requisite to take any science course at UTEP.
14 semester hours of Biology, to satisfy these hours here at UTEP you can take the following courses: General Biology w/ lab BIOL 1305/1107, Organismal Biology w/ lab BIOL 1306/1108, and General Microbiology MICR 2340/2141
19 semester hours of Chemistry, to satisfy these hours here at UTEP you can take the following courses: General Chemistry I w/ lab CHEM 1305/1105, General Chemistry II w/ lab CHEM 1306/1106, Organic Chemistry I w/ lab CHEM 2324/2124, Organic Chemistry II w/ lab CHEM 2325/2222, Biochemistry CHEM 3330
8 semester hours of Physics, to satisfy these hours here at UTEP you can take the following courses: General Physics I PHYS 1403 and General Physics II PHYS 1404
9 semester hours of English, to satisfy these hours here at UTEP you can take the following courses: Public Speaking COMM 1301, Business/Profession Communication COMM 1302, and Technical Writing RWS 3359
7 semester hours of Math, to satisfy these hours here at UTEP you can take the following courses: Calculus I MATH 1411, Calculus II MATH 1312, and etiher STAT 2480 or STAT 3320
Courses listed in RED must have been completed or be enrolled in prior to the application.
*** It is important to identify what veterinary schools you are interested to apply – if outside of Texas, the pre-requisite courses may vary.