DaVinci's Man

Veterinary Medicine


Veterinarians diagnose, treat, and control diseases in animals and are concerned with preventing transmission of animal diseases to humans. They treat injured animals and develop programs to prevent disease and injury.

AlphaGenesis Incorporated (AGI) Summer Veterinary Program
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); Student AVMA
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Scholarship and Loan Information
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Webinars
U. of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Career Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State U. College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Vet Prep Program
Columbia U. Office of Pre-Professional Advising List of Veterinary Opportunities for Pre-Health Students
Jobs in Veterinary Medicine
Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association
Michigan State U. College of Veterinary Medicine Enrichment Summer Program
NIH Office of Science Education Veterinarian Info
North Carolina State U. College of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Information Session, December 15, 2014
Paying for a Veterinary Medical Education
U. of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) Summer Program
Pre-Vet E-Newsletter
Pre-Veterinary Resources
Pre-Veterinary Student Doctor Network Forums
Recommendations for Your Pre-Veterinary Experience
Rochester Institute of Technology List of Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Prevet Students
Saul T. Wilson Internship Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (pdf)
So, You Want to Be a Veterinarian
State Veterinary Medical Associations
Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Adventures in Veterinary Medicine College Program
Tuskegee U. School of Veterinary Medicine Summer Enrichment and Reinforcement Program (SERP)
Veterinarian Career Overview
Veterinarian Interview
Veterinarian Occupational Outlook
Veterinary Career Options
Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR)
Veterinary Medicine Overview
VetSchool Student Engagement System (VSES)
Western University of Health Sciences Preview Day, November 22, 2014
(Additional veterinary medicine links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)


D.V.M. or V.M.D.

Program Length

4-5 years

Professional Schools' Organization

AAVMC (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges)
Veterinary Schools

Application Service

VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service) Some schools do not use VMCAS services and have their own applications.
VMCAS Fee Reimbursement Program

Academic Admission Requirements

Two semesters each of English, Biology, Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry. Note: Some schools have very specific requirements often including Microbiology, Statistics, Biochemistry, Animal Science, Nutrition. Check requirements carefully.
Course Prerequisite Chart
VMCAS College Specific Requirements
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. veterinary school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.

Admission Exam

VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test) has been discontinued.
Most schools accept GRE.

Personal Attributes & Experiences

Demonstrated knowledge of profession, confidence and comfort around a variety of animals. Strongly recommend veterinary and non-veterinary, animal-related experience.

Recommendation Letters

No standard form. Usually three letters, two from faculty and one from employer, vet, or another academic source.