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Pre Veterinary

Pre-Veterinary Coursework

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in non-human animals.

SMSU provides the required pre-professional coursework for students who intend to enroll in a D.V.M. program. You are not required to have a bachelor's degree to start a D.V.M. program. However, applicants with a BS or BA are given preference, and the vast majority of admitted students have a bachelor's degree. Undergraduate students do not have to major in one of the sciences. However, much of the pre-professional coursework is science focused and so most students major in one of the science areas. We encourage students to pursue a major that they find interesting so they will be successful.

Applicants may be required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission into the D.V.M program. Please check with each program as this requirement varies between schools. The GRE measures the applicant’s verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. For more information about GRE and preparation for the exam visit

Some schools may require a certain number of hours of quality animal, veterinary, and/or research experience for admissions. Animal experience may include working with livestock, breeding or showing species, working in zoos or animal shelters. Veterinary experience includes job shadowing and other work completed under the supervision of a DVM. Research is not necessarily limited to animal studies. It includes activities that support an understanding of scientific method, evidence of problem solving and observational skills, data entry and analysis and other related experiences that exhibit a significant contribution to a research project.

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Course Guidelines

Due to variation in each school’s curriculum, the following is merely a guideline of typical requirements. To determine the exact requirements for each program, the student should work with their academic advisor to review each school to which he/she is applying.

Typical Course Requirements
SMSU Course Number Pre-Requisite courses for Program Semester Credit Hours
Biol 200

Introduction to cellular biology with lab

Biol 201

Introduction to Biodiversity and Evolution with lab

Biol 303

Microbiology with Lab

Biol 321

Genetics with lab

Biol 305/306 Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab 8
Chem 231/232 General Chemistry I and II with lab 10
Chem 351/352 Organic Chemistry I and II with lab 10
Chem 473 Biochemistry with lab 4
Phys 141/142 College Physics I and II 8
Math 110 or higher College Algebra or higher 3
Eng 151 Academic Writing 4
Eng 251 Writing in the Professions 3
Spch 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Liberal Arts Courses Four Elective courses should be selected to achieve as broad and liberal an education as possible. Additional electives can be chosen from among the following recommended subject areas:
Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Humanities, Art, and Foreign Language.


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