Pre-Veterinary Program/ Undergraduate Preparation

Beyond the Classroom

Honors Program
Knowledge of the Profession
Service and Leadership Opportunities
International Programs

Honors Program

While getting a bachelor's degree, consider the advantages of the Honors’ Program at Cleveland State University. The program is designed to be more rigorous, thus preparing a pre-veterinary student with the academic skills needed for veterinary school. Also, graduating with a bachelor's degree in the honors program provides a better edge in the competitive veterinary school application process. For more information Honors Program.

In addition to Cleveland State's Honors program be sure to inquire about departmental honor's program sponsored by each academic major department. Most departmental honor's programs have a research component that will provide additional beneficial experiences and opportunities.

Knowledge of the Profession

A vet's job involves more than just patient interaction and treatment. Before considering veterinary school or while preparing to apply, shadowing a vet can provide a wealth of knowledge about the profession and help solidify your decision to go to veterinary school. Shadowing vets can sometimes enable you to build a good relationship with a professional in the industry who can provide you with a recommendation letter. It is advisable to shadow vets not only in your area of interest but also other disciplines of veterinary medicine.

The Cleveland State chapter of the American Medical Student Association can help you with learning more about veterinary medicine. Pre-veterinary students can benefit from some of the activities and support of American Medical Students Association, AMSA, which meets twice a month.  They organize service projects, visits from professional school admission representatives, volunteer opportunities, national conference activities, peer support and more.

Recommended Reading- Pre-professional advisors at universities around the country are encouraging pre-veterinary students to read Tell Me Where it Hurts, a Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon by Nick Trout.  It tells stories about his animal patients and his human clients.


Meaningful research opportunities are plentiful for Cleveland State pre-professional students.  In lab and field student researchers thrive.  Students conduct groundbreaking research alongside professors who hold prestigious awards.  The Cleveland State summer research program, Engaged Learning, encourages undergraduate students to investigate new ideas that serve as the foundation for future endeavors.

In order to make your application stand out and be competitive, it is highly recommended to get as much experience with research as possible. A great place to start is to approach your science faculty and explore available research opportunities with them.A great place to start is to approach your science faculty and explore available research opportunities with them. Enrolling in "REEL LAB" offered by the Chemistry department is a great way not only to have a poster presentation at the end of the semester but also applying classroom knowledge in a lab setting. Visit the Chemistry Department for more information. Each science department offers independent studies under the guidance of outstanding faculty members who can enhance your science knowledge further.

For up-to-date Cleveland State research activities, visit the Research website.

WebGURU is a great resource on external research opportunities and tips for getting started in undergraduate research.

Service and Leadership Opportunities

Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program in Bioscience and Healthcare
Choose Ohio First Scholars engage in research, internships and entrepreneurial experiences in Northeast Ohio’s growing health science and biomedical community. In addition, the program will offers networking opportunities with peers, mentors and employers. Click on the link for more information.

Cleveland State Student Organizations
A wonderful way to enhance your undergraduate experience is to join a student organization.  Through your involvement you can have fun, learn new things and develop the leadership skills that professional schools seek.

International Programs

Cleveland State pre-professional students can immerse themselves in another culture, and even in an international health program, by studying, interning or volunteering abroad. The Center for International Services and Programs at Cleveland State facilitates many opportunities. A host of other not-for-profit organizations can match pre-professional students with career-related placements.

engaged learning
For more information contact the
Coordinator of Pre-professional Medical Programs, 216.687.9321
Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
COSHP Advising Center
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 218B
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
1899 East 22nd St.
Main Classroom Room 218B
Phone: 216.687.9321


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