Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Prerequisite Courses

PrerequisitesMason Courses
Biology with lab, 2 semesters BIOL 213/Cell Biology
BIOL 311/Genetics
General Chemistry with lab, 2 semestersCHEM 211 and 213
CHEM 212 and 214
Organic Chemistry with lab, 2 semestersCHEM 313 and 315
CHEM 314 and 318
Biochemistry, 1 semesterBIOL 483 or CHEM 463
(Same course taught through different departments)
College Physics with lab, 2 semestersPHYS 243 and 244
PHYS 245 and 246
Math, 2 semesters
(Can vary by school)
MATH 113/Calculus and
BIOL 214/Biostatistics or
STAT 250/Statistics
English, 2 semesters*ENGH 101
ENGH 302
*Honors students fulfill this through the Honors curriculum
Humanities/Social Sciences, 2 semestersVaries by school
  • Prerequisites can vary on a school by school basis. Please check the prerequisites for schools to which you hope to apply. A summary of course prerequisites can be found at
  • Strongly recommended courses include: Microbiology, Physiology, Comparative Anatomy, Nutrition, and Speech Communication. 
  • Admission to veterinary schools is highly competitive.  According to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, a competitive grade point average is 3.5.  A competitive GRE general aptitude score, a wide variety of experience with both large and small animals, experience working for a veterinarian for 400-600 hours, experience working in a research laboratory or in commercial or industrial settings related to veterinary medicine are also expected. 


The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges has identified a variety of veterinary settings that include private practice, corporate veterinary medicine, the federal government, the U.S. Army Corps and U.S. Air Force, research, teaching, public health, food supply medicine, global veterinary medicine, public policy and shelter medicine.

Veterinarian Education

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Veterinarians must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. or V.M.D.) degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine. There are currently 28 colleges with accredited programs. A veterinary medicine program generally takes 4 years to complete and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical components…All states and the District of Columbia require veterinarians to have a license. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all states require prospective veterinarians to complete an accredited veterinary program and to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam.”

Employee Outlook and Earnings

The current Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Veterinarians can be found online.

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)

VMCAS is a centralized service which allows applicants to use a single application process to apply to veterinary programs.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to find out which schools participate and send individual applications to those that do not participate.

Standardized Tests

Most veterinary schools require students to take at least one standardized test. The majority of schools require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Students need to understand which the schools require which tests and how the scores are reported.