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. Students should confer with advisors for their primary major and specific Pre-Health Concentration, beginning 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 Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Veterinary Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Veterinary Concentration

  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most American 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.

Required Coursework

TOTAL: 57-58 sh

BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362 16 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 (330* for students matriculating prior to Fall 2017) 20-24 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
COMM 100 3 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

*NOTE: Effective Spring 2017, most U.S. and Caribbean veterinary programs require Biochemistry I (CHEM 331) and many require Biochemistry I and Biochemistry II.

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the GRE (or other appropriate standardized test) and applying to veterinary school the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter veterinary 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.

NOTE: Many pre-veterinarian students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “growth year” between undergraduate studies and beginning veterinary 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.

YEAR 1

FALL

SPRING

BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh COMM 100 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh

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 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 upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh

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 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

Applying to Veterinary School

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-Health-related questions should be directed to the Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator.