Welcome to the website for Duke PVS 2020-2021!

Our members range from undergraduates who are curious about the field of veterinary medicine to students who have wanted to become veterinarians since they were young. Regardless of the path, Duke PVS is here for students to share their interests. Members meet throughout the year alongside our great advisors to plan required animal and veterinary experiences, prepare for the VMCAS application process, and attend presentations from various admissions officers, past Dukies, and local veterinarians. Past PVS trips include a visit to the annual NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. If you have any questions throughout the year, don’t hesitate to send any of the PVS executive board members or advisors an email!

Subscribe to our email list:

From the Duke Mailing List Manager, click the “Search for List(s)” button, search for “pre-vet,” click “prevet@duke.edu,” and hit “subscribe” on the menu to the left.

Contact us: 

Christi Mela (President) – christen.mela@duke.edu

Alissa Kong (Vice president) – alissa.kong@duke.edu

Nia Williams (Treasurer) – nia.v.williams@duke.edu

Lydia Wang (Communications) – lydia.wang2@duke.edu

Dr. Bernie Fischer, DVM, PhD (PVS Faculty Advisor) -bernie.fischer@duke.edu

4 responses to “Welcome to the website for Duke PVS 2020-2021!

  1. Hi I am a student in 8th grade my dream is to become a vet I was wondering what steps can I take in high school that would help me. And if you could send some information about your pre-vet program my way that be great Thank you.

    • Emma Weitzhandler

      Hi Kayla! Prioritizing academics and exploring as many STEM subjects as possible in high school is a great start to your pre-veterinary pathway. Also, reach out to your local animal shelter, veterinary clinic, and/or anywhere else with animals and see if they accept high school volunteers. An ultimate goal of pre-veterinary students is to gain a wide variety of animal- and veterinary-related experiences, and you can absolutely start in high school! Leadership experience is a plus, too. 🙂

      Pre-veterinary students in college must take certain classes, excel academically, and gain experiences in multiple areas of veterinary medicine to apply to veterinary school. Duke’s Pre-Veterinary Society exists to guide Duke pre-vet students through their college career and veterinary school applications.

      Best of luck!

  2. Hi, my name is Natalie.I’m going to 10th grade this upcoming school year. I wanted to become a veterinarian ophthalmologist. My question is what classes
    Should I take to be greatly considered for admission? I have a 4.0 g.p.a as of right now. But I’m aware of the competitiveness at Duke university. So, how do I stand out on my application to your Pre-Vet Undergraduate Program ?

    • Hi Natalie! Duke seems to care less about the classes you take and more about the passion and drive you show within your academics and extra-curricular activities. As long as you show strength in STEM classes, I would suggest also emphasizing and demonstrating your specific interests to make you stand out.

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