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Good schools for Pre-Vet?

Green_Apple5Green_Apple5 Posts: 282Registered User Junior Member
I am currently a junior in high school and I am starting to research colleges. I am pretty sure I want to becom a veterinarian, but what should I be looking for in prevet programs? I'm sure they have to have strong sciences, but are there any schools that stand out for prevet? As I'm searching, what should I be looking for? Any suggestions?
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  • kingofqueenskingofqueens Posts: 516- Member
    I know UC Davis is good.
  • smdur1970smdur1970 Posts: 726Registered User Member
    Strong sciences are important; most of the schools my daughter, now a college freshman (actually entering second year!) looked at met that criterion, and in general "pre-vet" was part of the "pre-med" advising program (there really wasn't a pre-vet major). You certainly can look at schools with graduate vet programs, which are small in number, but which may give you an opportunity to become known as an undergraduate. The one she considered was Virginia Tech. You can often find out information about where those admitted to the Vet School went undergraduate.
  • kdmomkdmom Posts: 362Registered User Member
    As suggested by smdur, looking at schools with graduate vet programs is a good place to start.

    For example, Cornell University has an outstanding vet school, and many of the students there studied Animal Science as undergraduates at Cornell.
  • collegehelpcollegehelp Posts: 6,350Registered User Senior Member
    Visit the Amer Vet Med Assoc website. They have a list of schools that offer vet degrees. They would also be good for pre-vet.
  • happymomof1happymomof1 Posts: 19,138Registered User Senior Member
    The basic pre-Vet sequence is essentially the same as the pre-Med and pre-Dent sequence. You can get this coursework just about anywhere. If you want an animal science program to give you a stronger background (especially for large animal veterinary studies) you should look at your home state college of agriculture.

    Veterinary schools generally have preferential admission for students from the state where the school is located. If your home state doesn't have a vet. school, there is a formal agreement with the vet. school in at least one other state that will give you preference for admission to that state's vet school. In which case, it may be advisable for you to consider doing your undergraduate work at that state's agricultural university.

    Some vet schools have 6 year programs. If you are clear about your professional goals, this may be a good option for you.

    Wishing you all the best.
  • rrahrrah Posts: 1,600Registered User Senior Member
  • gbesqgbesq Posts: 1,779Registered User Senior Member
    Not surprisingly, the schools with the best undergraduate pre-vet programs and advising are the same schools where the colleges of veterinary medicine are located. Here's a list of U.S. and foreign vet schools:

    United States Veterinary Medical Schools and Colleges:

    Auburn University

    Colorado State University

    Cornell University

    Iowa State University

    Kansas State University

    Louisiana State University

    Michigan State University

    Mississippi State University

    North Carolina State University

    Ohio State University

    Oklahoma State University

    Oregon State University

    Purdue University

    Texas A&M University

    Tufts University

    Tuskegee University

    University of California, Davis

    University of Florida

    University of Georgia

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    University of Minnesota

    University of Missouri

    University of Pennsylvania

    University of Tennessee

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

    Washington State University

    Western University of Health Sciences

    Canadian Veterinary Medical Schools and Colleges:

    Universit
  • beefsbeefs Posts: 2,559Registered User Senior Member
  • Burb ParentBurb Parent Posts: 2,100Registered User Senior Member
    Take a look at the other Cornell -- Cornell College in Iowa. I heard that their undergraduate pre-professional veterinary medicine program was very good.
  • ivyhopeful16ivyhopeful16 Posts: 62Registered User Junior Member
    Iowa State University has an excellent school of veterinary medicine as well as a great pre-vet program. Both of my parents are alumni from the vet school and have nothing but good things to say about Iowa State's education. Plus, Ames is a great city and not far from Des Moines.
  • nilpilnilpil Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    When I was a junior I was pretty sure I wanted to be a veterinarian, too so naturally I began researching pre-vet programs etc. However, I learned from a lot of vets at my internship (I intern at an animal hospital) that majoring in pre-vet to be a veterinarian is not only unnecessary but can even be unwise! Vet school is very competitive and the admissions offices love to see applicants with other interests than just vet medicine. Majoring in something else you're interested in, like maybe Economics, and then taking the prerequisite vet courses on the side can make you a very unique and desired candidate for vet school. Don't worry so much about colleges having pre-vet programs. Just make sure the school can offer you the animal science resources you want but majoring in pre-vet is definitely not the only way to go. Hope this helps :)
  • gbesqgbesq Posts: 1,779Registered User Senior Member
    ^While this advice is generally true for applicants to medical school, the vast majority of successful applicants to vet school have undergraduate majors in animal science, biology or biochemistry. While it is certainly possible to get into vet school with a nontraditional undergraduate major and the prerequisite science courses, it's important to remember that vet schools have very specific requirements for undergraduate preparation and that they give significant weight to the depth and breadth of animal related work experience and/or research presented by a given applicant. A good animal science program will provide the opportunites for animal related work experience and research -- a degree in economics won't. Something to keep in mind.
  • sillettasilletta Posts: 3Registered User New Member
    I've read many, many things about pre-vet and the one thing I've found is that state school is the way to go. At first, I felt sad about this, 'cuz I really wanted to apply to smart schools like UPenn or Cornell, but you're going to be spending around 50 thousand a year for grad, so why spend that much for undergrad especially when it is so unnecessary? Every single vet I've talked to says go to a state school - same program, but your grades aren't deflated. Vet schools look at all schools the same - it's your gpa that matters. Unless you have higher than a 3.5, you aren't even going to be considered. Go to a good, reputable state school with a good animal science program like Rutgers New Brunswick, Penn State, University of Del, or University of Maryland. They have connections to places, as well.

    And yes, they do want more than just biology classes. I've heard recently that they are looking for business classes as well for vets that wish to go into private practice (you want to go into a business, you gotta have some know-how!)

    :D
  • Blake20Blake20 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I am in High school; freshman. I am interested in becoming a Vet and am beginning to look for quality pre-vet and vet schools. Cost is an issue so I am interested to know which colleges offer the best education at the best price. I also want to know how people felt they were prepared to enter the working Vet world after they completed their education. In othewords, which schools that were attended made you feel as if you were prepared and ready to confidently practice as a new vet after school was completed? I am looking into Colorado state right now. How did you feel after completing that program. Did you feel prepared and ready?
  • intparentintparent Posts: 11,916Registered User Senior Member
    I really think high school freshman is too soon to be trying to pick out a target graduate school (sorry). It is even awfully early to be making up your undergraduate college list. The posters on here have given very good advice on how to pick an undergraduate college, though. Make a choice that keep your costs down and allows you to earn great grades, and review the comments on here about probable majors and coursework. Then keep your focus on high school so you are well positioned for that undergraduate admission process (and maybe can even get your statistics up so you can get some scholarships to bring your costs down).

    Cost of schooling is just a huge deal to consider, as the schooling is expensive and compenstation isn't great. You will probably want to look at schools on the list here that are in-state for you (or a state where you have reciprocity, so can get in-state tuition in the other state). Although as you will hear out here on CC, there are certainly private schools that offer good financial aid, and sometimes that route is cheaper. You can only figure that out by running the net price calculators on the web sites with your parents' help, and looking at their merit scholarship offerings compared to your qualifications.

    I assume you are looking into working at or volunteering in some capacity at a vet or animal shelter or something working with animals as well.
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