Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the Pre-Health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta.

  • Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement.
  • Consultation with advisors for the primary major and Pre-Health concentration should begin at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisement Track Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Veterinary Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Veterinary 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.
  • Review the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirement (VMSAR) Website here.
Fall 2020 and Later Matriculants Total: 60-71 sh
BIOL 130, 131, 133, 201, 212, 362 19 sh
CHEM 111-112 and 221-322 and 331-322 24 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Note: MATH 223-224 are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223, 224 (Optional, based on advisement) 0-8 sh
STAT 101 3 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
COMM 110 and/or COMM 100 3-6 sh

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.

2019 and Prior Matriculants Total: 52-62 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362 16 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 (330* for students matriculating prior to Fall 2017) 19-24 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204) 8 sh
MATH 223, 224, or STAT 101 3-8 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
COMM 100 3 sh

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.

Suggested Course Sequencing and Panning for Applying to Veterinary Medicine School

The recommended course sequence is based on a 4-year undergraduate course plan, a student graduating in 4-years, the student taking the GRE (or other appropriate standardized test) after the 3rd year of college coursework, and applying to veterinary medicine school prior to starting the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

Many Pre-Veterinary Medicine students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in animal care.

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.

Year One Courses and Study Hours

YEAR 1

FALL

SPRING

BIOL 180 (Biology I) or BIOL 130 & 133 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) or BIOL 131 3 or 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh COMM 100 or 110 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
Year Two Courses and Study Hours

YEAR 2

FALL

SPRING

CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
MATH 173 (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 174 (Calculus II) (if necessary) 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh BIOL 212 (Genetics) 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
Year Three Courses and Study Hours

YEAR 3

FALL

SPRING

PHYS 103 or 203 (Gen. Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 (Gen. Physics II) 4 sh
CHEM 331 (Biochemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 332 (Biochemistry II) 4 sh
BIOL 362 (Microbiology) 4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh
Year Four Courses and Study Hours

YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*

FALL

SPRING

upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

Centralized Application Service

  • Application to veterinary school is made through the centralized application VMCAS.

Requirements for Veterinary School

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.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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