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Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine is a growing field necessary in all communities. According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical College, veterinarians prevent disease and heal animals; promote the health and welfare of farm animals, exotic animals, working animals and those that need a healthy environment in which to thrive; play an important role in food safety, where epidemiological research is crucial to forecasting the threat of food-borne diseases and outbreaks; and detects and treats the outbreak of diseases that have the potential to make the jump from animals to humans.

The University of Tampa equips students to enter veterinary school by offering a high-caliber faculty who engages and inspires students to exceed their expectations. Smaller classes allow one-on-one dialogue, personal attention and the kind of insightful evaluation, mentoring and guidance that make a difference. Your teachers get to know you well; that means better recommendations for jobs and graduate schools.

Preparing for Veterinary School

Earn a bachelor’s degree

Choose a major:

Students who are interested in going to veterinary school typically major in biology, chemistry or biochemistry. These majors include most of the required courses for entrance into veterinary programs. However, other degrees can also prepare students for health professions; thus students are encouraged to major in the field where they excel and should consult the pre-health professions advisor about course work.

Basic pre-requisite* courses required for veterinary school:

  • Biology I and II with labs
  • General Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Organic Chemistry I and II with labs
  • Physics I and II with labs
  • Biochemistry 

*Each veterinary school has its own set of pre-requisites, and student’s need to research the admission requirements of each school to which they are intending to apply. Search pre-requisites for each veterinary school.

Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE)

  • The GRE is required for all U.S veterinary schools. It is about four hours long and cost $205.
  • Only a few veterinary schools accept either the MCAT or GRE. Search school requirements

Build an extensive record of relevant experiences

  • Animal experience – work or volunteer to gain experience with animals 
  • Veterinary experience – including clinical, lab, volunteer, paid, shadow/supervised by a veterinarian; gain knowledge of the veterinary field and confirm if this is your passion
  • Community service – students should have a passion for helping others
  • Leadership – roles on and off campus 

Veterinary School Information and Beyond

  • A traditional veterinary school program is four years long. The first two years are spent in classroom instruction. The remaining two years usually include focused areas of concentrations and clinical rotations/externships. 
  • There is only one veterinary school in Florida:  
  • After completion, the student earns a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
  • Internships, residency programs and/or fellowships after graduation maybe required to for specific fields of interest.

Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC)

Members of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics and the Department of Biology offer guidance to students and write recommendations through our Pre-Health Professional Committee (PHPC) composed of biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics faculty.


Pre-professions advising has a dedicated program specialist to help students prepare for professional school in the health sciences. The specialist would like to see all pre-health students early on to ensure they are on the path for success. Please email Jackie Mikulski to schedule an appointment.

Additional Resources

Explore Health Careers- Veterinary
Association of American Veterinary Medical College