The Pre-Vet Path

Although the pre-med and pre-vet tracks do have some overlap, in most cases,  following the pre-med track will not suffice for application to veterinary schools. In addition to additional specific courses, veterinary schools also request that applicants have completed a certain number of animal experience and veterinary shadowing hours. Furthermore, prerequisites are not standardized across vet schools; it is therefore necessary that you check the individual requirements of each school you plan to apply to.

We suggest that you choose 3-5 veterinary colleges you are interested in early in your college career and aim to meet all of their prerequisite course work. However, requirements are often confusing, and schools might not accept all courses. Please feel welcome to contact our advisor Dr. Eason. There will be a meeting going over the pre-vet path at the beginning of each fall semester.

Generally speaking vet schools ask for: 1 year of general chemistry with lab, 1 year of organic chemistry with lab, 1 semester of biochemistry, 1 year of biology with lab, 1 semester of microbiology with lab, 1 year of physics with lab, 1 year of English language composition and literature, and calculus-level mathematics at the college level.

Vet schools frequently ask for 1 semester of statistics, public speaking, animal nutrition, and/or animal science. Duke University currently does not offer public speaking or a viable substitute course; UNC Chapel Hill does. Animal nutrition can be taken online from multiple schools. NC State offers multiple animal nutrition courses, as well as many other Animal Science courses. These courses can be taken for Duke credit if taken in person during a semester at Duke after receiving inter-institutional approval. They can also be taken at another institution, although credits might not transfer; therefore, it is suggested that you speak to your dean and the DUS of the subject you will study beforehand if you need the course to count towards any graduation requirement.

Many veterinary colleges will provide a list of suggested courses or electives you should or must take. It is advised that you identify these for the schools that you wish to apply to early on.

Finally, unlike medical schools, many vet schools have written standards regarding your coursework (check for each school you are interested in). Some schools require that your grade in any course is at least a C, and many have minimum GPAs, which can be different for in-state or out-of-state students. All courses must be taken for a grade. If you do not meet the course grade requirement, you must retake the course to meet the prerequisite; speak to your pre-health dean and advisor if this is the case. All but two prerequisite courses must be taken by the time of application to vet school.



Classes at Duke

Veterinary school prerequisites and how Duke classes can fulfill them These are just some guidelines to get you started. Requirements can change from year to year. Make sure to check the websites of the schools you are interested in. Physics: all schools Phys 141L Phys 142L General Chemistry: most schools Chem 101DL – Core Concepts …

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