Please see below for suggested options for coursework as well as experiences to pursue. Pre-Veterinary students, like all pre-professional students, need to be strategic in their use of time to build both an excellent GPA and a competitive resume.
- Work with your Pre-professional Advisor to plan courses and experiences that will help you to prepare for application to dental school.
- Begin to complete chemistry, biology, physics and organic chemistry requirements
- Check out library, internet and career services’ veterinary-related resources
- Start job shadowing, summer enrichment and/or volunteer experience with both people and animals
- Review veterinary school catalogs and/or websites, then touch base with your pre-professional advisor. See the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges for specific schools’ requirements.
How to Spend Your Summer Vacations
There are numerous ways to spend your summers during your pre-professional studies. It is highly recommended that you get involved in paid or volunteer experiences that relate to your chosen field. By doing so you learn more about yourself, which will help you clarify your career goals. Those with whom you interact in the experience can support your career development. And the experience demonstrates to professional schools that you are focused, engaged and invested in your professional aspirations.
- Complete prerequisite requirements
- Prepare to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Apply for admission at least a year in advance of when you want to enter veterinary school. So take the GRE no later than spring of your junior year
- Fulfill service, shadowing and other non-academic prerequisites set forth by your chosen schools.
- Gather letters of evaluation from faculty and others
- Take advantage of interview practice programs offered by Pre-Professional Health Programs before veterinary school interviews
- Complete forms for financial aid
- Send thank you notes to evaluators, advisors and mentors
Applying to veterinary school is done through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Be sure to thoroughly review the information listed on their website prior to starting the application process. The application cycle is open from late May/early June through October.
There is only one veterinary school in Ohio. Refer to Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine for specific information about Ohio State University’s admission requirements.
Veterinary school admissions are competitive and a strong GPA certainly gives you an edge. GPA requirements are not equal among schools, but one above 3.50, especially in the natural sciences, is highly desired. GPAs do not signify intelligence, but are a long-term indicator of your performance as a student. Having a strong GPA demonstrates motivation, discipline and commitment to academic excellence. That being said, veterinary schools also want well-rounded students, so they look at other aspects of your application too:
- Academic undergraduate transcript
- Letters of Recommendation
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (some also require the biology subject test). Be sure to take advantage of all the test preparation resources. Take practice tests, then analyze and work on your weak areas.
To learn more about applying to veterinary school, visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).