Veterinarians provide health care to animals ranging from pets and livestock to zoo and laboratory animals. Diagnosing illnesses and performing medical procedures, most vets work in private practices treating companion animals. Students interested in Veterinary Medicine are recommended to take the same list of prerequisite courses as Pre-Medical students, along with the required Microbiology and Vertebrate Zoology courses.
For more information about a career in Veterinary Medicine, visit http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/veterinarian.htm.
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Students interested in veterinary medicine should take the list of courses shown as prerequisites for medical school as shown on that webpage. Students need a GPA of 3.4 or higher to be competitive applicants for veterinary school upon graduation. Microbiology and Vertebrate Zoology are required courses for this field.
Critical Factors for Admission:
Shadowing several different veterinarians in small animal and large animal practices is very important to give students insights about the daily requirements of each job setting.
Veterinary schools want applicants to show evidence of dedication and commitment to the care and welfare of animals. Loras grads have accomplished this by working part time during school and/or full time during the summer as a paid employee at a local animal clinic. They have also gained further insights and variety by volunteering or working at local pet stores, animal shelters, human societies or at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
Some research experience with animals is also a big advantage. Training oneself as an expert on a specific topic related to animals allows the person to talk about this topic to interviewers, current veterinary students and laboratory personnel.
Applicants for veterinary school need to take the general GRE test in the summer after their junior year.
Applicants have their best chance of acceptance by applying to the veterinary school in which they hold permanent residence.
For more information on Veterinary Medicine go to the websites of several local state veterinary schools that Loras has successfully sent their graduates:
Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
Email Dr. Dave Shealer with your questions