Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advisement Track

  • The Pre-Veterinary Medicine concentration satisfies the course requirements for admission at most United States and Caribbean veterinary schools
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, depending on the veterinary schools to which students intend to apply.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.
  • BIOL 130, 131, 133, 201, 212, 362
  • CHEM 111-112 and 221-322 and 331-332
  • PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204)
  • MATH 223, 224 (Optional, based on advisement)
  • STAT 101
  • COMP 100
  • COMM 110 and/or COMM 100

NOTE: Most U.S. and Caribbean veterinary medicine programs require Biochemistry I (CHEM 331) and many require Biochemistry I and Biochemistry II. If the student's undergraduate college offers a 2-course sequence in Biochemistry, then the Veterinary Schools will requite the 2-course sequence. Therefore undergraduate students at SUNY Oneonta interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine should take BOTH Biochemistry I and Biochemistry II.

NOTE: Other courses recommended by some veterinary medicine schools include Animal Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, and Cellular Biology.

  • BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362
  • CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 (330* for students matriculating prior to Fall 2017)
  • PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204)
  • MATH 223, 224, or STAT 101
  • COMP 100
  • COMM 100

NOTE: If the student's undergraduate college offers a 2-course sequence in Biochemistry, then the Veterinary Schools will requite the 2-course sequence. Therefore undergraduate students at SUNY Oneonta interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine should take BOTH Biochemistry I and Biochemistry II.

NOTE: Other courses recommended by some veterinary medicine schools include Animal Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, and Cellular Biology.

NOTE: Most U.S. and Caribbean veterinary medicine programs require Biochemistry I (CHEM 331) and many require Biochemistry I and Biochemistry II.

The timeline for applying to veterinary school varies among students and is dependent on a variety of factors, including successful completion of prerequisite coursework, competitive GRE or MCAT examination scores, and appropriate animal care experience.

Many Pre-Veterinary Medicine students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to gain animal care experience across a variety of settings including small and large animal clinics, research laboratories, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and others.

In fact, across the United States many first-time applicants to veterinary medicine school apply after their senior year or later to allow time for obtaining a wide variety of animal care experience. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning veterinary medicine school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter veterinary medicine school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Students should regularly review the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on:

  • letters of recommendation 
  • leadership skills
  • GPA
  • GRE or MCAT
  • animal care and veterinary experience
    • Animal care and veterinary experience varies in both quantity and type
    • students will need a minimum of 250 veterinary hours (ranging from clinical vet hours to research and involving a variety of animals).

Quick Facts about applying to veterinary school through VMCAS and statistics of admitted students.

Application to veterinary school is made through the centralized application VMCAS

  • The 2021-2022 VMCAS Application Cycle opens January 21, 2021
  • Program Selection begins May 12, 2021
  • Application submissions begin Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • Application Cycle ends September 15, 2021

Additional information is available at VMCAS Help Center

Most Veterinary Medicine Programs will accept scores form either the GRE General Test or the MCAT

MCAT preparation options include free and paid test prep programs

GRE preparation options include free and paid test prep programs

Students generally request three to six letters of recommendation to be submitted on their behalf for veterinary medical school applications. Appropriate recommenders include science faculty, other course instructors, animal care  professionals, current or former employers, and professional references.

  • 68% of SUNY Oneonta Pre-Veterinary Medicine student applicants were accepted into Veterinary Medicine programs (2016-2020 Advisor Report).
  • SUNY Oneonta alumni have been accepted to the following Veterinary Medicine programs: Auburn University, Cornell University, Iowa State University, Lincoln Memorial University, Michigan State University, Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Royal Veterinary College - London England, St. Georges University, The Ohio State University, Tufts University, University College - Dublin Ireland, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of PEI-Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.​​​​
Pre-Veterinary Medicine questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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