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Pre-vet Courses

Veterinarian school is a post-baccalaureate program requiring an undergraduate degree for admission. The mission of the St. Andrews Pre-Veterinarian program is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to gain acceptance in a veterinary school of their choice and to later excel in this field as a professional. This begins with a strong foundation in the sciences, which emphasizes the theoretical, conceptual, and experimental basis of these fields. This knowledge is the cornerstone for future success in every veterinary school. In addition St. Andrews cultivates the less challenging field of veterinary science. Through a distinctive, well-rounded liberal education, and the numerous opportunities beyond the classroom such as internships and study abroad, St. Andrews students develop invaluable characteristics such as community awareness, creativity, and problem-solving abilities.

Program of Study


Pre-Vet is not defined as a separate field of study, nor is it restricted to a single, specific major at St. Andrews. The majority of students in the pre-vet program usually major in Biology, but the completion of other majors does not exclude a student from successfully applying to a veterinary program. Students interested in becoming a veterinarian first discuss this career choice with the pre-vet advisor. They learn what the minimal and recommended requirements are for admission in a veterinary program, from course work to national exams. In consultation with the advisor, they choose a major and plan out their course work each semester to meet the goals of preparing for the specific veterinary schools of their choice, in addition to completing the major and general education requirements. Throughout their first four years at St. Andrews, the student will also discuss various opportunities with their advisor, such as internships, and important deadlines for national exams and applications.


Basic Science courses that meet the minimal requirements for most veterinary programs:



BIO 201 Concepts in Biology I
BIO 204 Concepts in Biology II
BIO 327 Genetics

Total 11 credits



CHE 210 & 210L Essential Concepts of Chemistry
CHE 220 Intro to Organic Chemistry
CHE 350 Organic Chemistry II
CHE 215 & 215L Introduction to Structural Inorganic Chemistry with lab
Total 14 credits


MAT 225 Introductory Statistics
MAT 221 Calculus I
Total 8 credits


PHY 201 University Physics I

PHY 202 University Physics II

PHY 211 General Physics I
PHY 212 General Physics II
Total 8 credits

Social and Behavioral Science:

Vet School requires at least two courses. Suggested courses include:
ACC 201 Accounting I
BUS 301  Business Law
Total 6 credits


Recommended Courses (May be required for certain Schools):


BIO 221 Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 366 Animal Physiology
BIO 353 Zoology
BIO 365 Microbiology
Total 12 credits

CHE 365 Biochemistry I: Biomolecules

Total 3 credits



  Vet Schools may require Animal Nutrition ( a course required for admission to Vet School that is commonly taken online) and a Animal Science course.

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