Admission Requirements Veterinary School
The AAVMC is an association of 28 veterinary colleges that establishes standards for admissions to all schools. The most important factors in a student’s application are GPA and test scores, but there are many other considerations as well. In addition to choosing your major carefully, you’ll want to make sure you’re making good grades and getting plenty of experience working with animals before applying.
Veterinary Schools require high GPAs and high test scores.
The average undergraduate GPA for admission to veterinary schools is 3.5, and the average range is 3.3 to 3.6. This means that a GPA of 3.0 will not be competitive in the application process, but a GPA of 4.0 will be very competitive and may even be enough to get you accepted into some programs on its own merits alone. You should aim for at least a 3.3 if you want your application looked at seriously by selective schools; anything below this level means that you’ll need other strengths or special circumstances to make up for it
What is a good GPA and test score?
You’ll want to make sure you have a high GPA, but test scores are even more important. The average GPA for students accepted into veterinary schools is 3.6, and the average MCAT score is 31 (old version).
Most of the time, your admission decision will come down to whether or not you can meet these requirements. In this case, if you don’t have good scores then it’s probably best to retake them until they do meet those requirements. Once you’ve done that though, applying should be fairly simple once you send in all of your application materials including transcripts and letters of recommendation.
Do you need an undergraduate degree?
- Do you need an undergraduate degree?
Yes. Most veterinary schools require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Some accept a master’s degree, and some accept a PhD or DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).
What majors should you consider?
If you’re considering a career in veterinary medicine, you should make sure your major is a good match. Veterinary schools look for students with a solid foundation in the sciences, so if you’re planning to go into veterinary school and become a veterinarian, it pays to have completed one or more of the following majors:
- Biology or Zoology
- Chemistry or Biochemistry
- Physics or Mathematics
- English, History (or another humanities discipline)
- Computer Science, Economics/Accounting
College course requirements for Veterinary Schools.
Most veterinary schools require a minimum of 30 college credits, with an average course load of around 15 credits per semester. Although many schools require a bachelor’s degree, some do not; other schools may accept your associate degree. In some cases, you can apply for admission after earning either one (though it might be more difficult to make the cut).
Most veterinary schools also require a specific major or set of courses in order to meet the admissions requirements. For example, most applicants must have completed upper-level science classes such as biology or chemistry with lab experience; some schools also require advanced math classes such as calculus or statistics. Some programs explicitly list accepted majors on their websites; otherwise, contact each school directly and ask what they would expect from applicants with your background and interests.
In addition to completing coursework in college preparatory subjects such as biology and chemistry with lab work experience—and possibly other science classes depending on the program—you’ll need solid grades overall: The average GPA at most veterinary colleges is 3.6 or above out of 4 points possible per class taken (4 or higher is even better!). Most programs also want dedicated students who are committed to becoming veterinarians through extracurricular activities related specifically toward this goal like volunteering at local shelters helping animals that need care before being adopted into loving homes where they can thrive once again under new owners’ loving care after being rescued from abusive conditions where they were mistreated by previous owners who didn’t want them anymore due
Advanced Biology Courses.
- Advanced Biology Courses.
You’ll also need to take advanced biology courses, including anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics and pathology. These courses will provide the foundation for your veterinary education and give you a better understanding of how animals work. You can prepare for these classes by taking upper-level college-level biology courses such as human physiology or animal behavior. The more exposure you have to scientific terminology and concepts while in school, the easier it will be once you enter veterinary school!
- Veterinary School Admissions Requirements.
The admissions requirements vary from one vet school to another; however there are some basic guidelines that most schools follow:
Other required courses.
Other required courses. A variety of courses must be taken in order to graduate from veterinary school. These may include:
- anatomy (including vertebrates and invertebrates)
- physiology (including endocrinology, which involves hormones and other bodily chemical messengers)
- general chemistry (with an emphasis on organic chemistry)
In addition to the sciences listed above, you will have to take at least one course in each of two areas, such as biochemistry or microbiology.
Animal experience is a crucial component of the application process, which means you should be prepared to show schools that you have the necessary knowledge and experience with animals.
The majority of veterinary programs require applicants to have at least two years of experience working directly with animals. This may include:
- Volunteering at a veterinary office or shelter.
- Working as an animal attendant/handler in labs such as pharmacological research facilities or biomedical institutions.
- Studying animal behavior, anatomy, physiology and nutrition in college courses (such as biology).
It’s also important to demonstrate a genuine interest in becoming a veterinarian by demonstrating your desire for hands-on training from doctors who work directly with animals through shadowing opportunities or shadowing students who are studying pre-vet programs themselves!
Veterinary and Animal shadowing experience.
Shadowing experience is a great way to get to know the field, and can be gained in many ways. One of the most common ways is by shadowing a veterinarian or an animal at their workplace. At a vet’s office, you would be able to see how they treat patients and perform procedures like surgeries and dental cleanings. On farms, you can observe how animals are raised for food production or for other purposes such as wool production. In zoos, you may have access to exotic animals that are not always accessible elsewhere.
Shadowing experience allows one to get a feel for the field before committing to it full-time as an occupation. Shadowing also helps students gain first-hand knowledge about what their chosen profession entails so they can decide if they want to pursue it as their career path after college graduation
Work hard in prerequisite classes, stay involved with animal-related activities, and keep your GPA above 3.5 to be competitive for veterinary school admission.
As a college student, you must work hard in prerequisite classes and stay involved with animal-related activities. You should also maintain a GPA above 3.5 to be competitive for veterinary school admission.
There are many colleges and universities with veterinary programs, so you should have no shortage of choices. As long as you meet the GPA and test score requirements for your preferred veterinary school, there is no reason why you can’t get into one. It’s best to start preparing early because applying for admission to veterinary school can be a time-consuming process.