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Veterinary Medicine Preprofessional Program

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Science 224
Michael Parker (Biology), Advisor
Brie Paddock (Biology), Advisor

Most professional schools of veterinary medicine require students to complete a bachelor’s degree before awarding a DVM degree. Students can increase their chances of acceptance by securing a bachelor’s degree before entering a professional school.

Most Oregon students interested in veterinary medicine apply to Oregon State University to obtain their doctorate in veterinary medicine. This four-year program includes extensive coursework and clinical rotations.

High School Preparation

Students wishing to prepare for the pre-veterinary medicine program at SOU should take coursework in the following areas during high school: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, English, and social science.

Professional School Admission

Most students apply at the beginning of their senior year. Many students compete for the limited positions available in professional schools, and only those with excellent academic records are successful at gaining admission.

It is strongly recommended that students take the courses listed below in their first year to avoid delays in completing the degree. Later requirements include organic chemistry, physics, and genetics. Detailed information on courses and other requirements may be found at the Biology Department Web site under the advising section.

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