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Recommended Curriculum for Future Veterinary Students Brochure

High School Classes

This is a suggested four-year plan for students who plan to attend a University of California school or a private university.

Freshman Junior
Physical Education English 3 or English 3 Honors
English 1 or Honors U.S. History/U.S. History AP
Algebra/Geometry/CPM Geometry/Pre-Calculus/Algebra II
Social Studies Trig/CPM III
Foreign Language Foreign Language
Academic Elective (Academic Biology) Chemistry/Biology AP/Physics
Elective
Sophomore Senior
Physical Education English 4 or English 4 AP
English 2 Am. Gov./Politics AP
Algebra 2 Pre-Calculus/Calculus AP/Statistics AP
Trigonometry/Geometry/CPM 2 Foreign Language
World History Physics/Biology AP/Chemistry
Foreign Language AP/Physics AP
Academic Biology/Academic Elective
Chemistry

As a high school student, you should know that earning good grades in honors, AP, and “hard” academic courses will improve your chances for success whether or not you become a veterinarian!


College Classes

Courses listed are required by the UC Davis School Veterinary Medicine (UCD) and Western University of Health Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine (WU). Contact schools directly for the most recent admissions requirements. As a college student, it is important to be certain that the courses you take are transferable and/or recognized by the veterinary school you are hoping to attend!

Lower Division Required Sciences

  • Two courses of Biological Sciences/one with Lab (UCD)
  • One course of Biological Sciences (WU)
  • One sequence of General Chemistry

Upper Division Required Sciences

  • One course of Biological Sciences with Lab (WU) (includes physiology or embryology)
  • One course of Biochemistry (UCD/WU)
  • One course of Systemic Physiology (UCD)

Additional Required Courses

  • One course of Statistics (UCD/WU)
  • Two courses of English Composition (UCD/WU)
  • Three courses in Humanities/Social Studies (UCD/WU)
  • One course of Computer Skills (WU)
  • One course of Technical Writing (WU)
  • One course of Public Speaking (WU)

Necessary Application Requirements for Admission to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Western University School of Veterinary Medicine

(Contact schools directly for the latest admission requirements)

University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/students/admissions/index.cfm

  • Successful completion of the coursework listed (a minimum GPA in required science and cumulative college work of 2.50)
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Personal statement (narrative essay about your desire to become a veterinarian)
  • Letters of evaluation
  • Interview
  • Animal-related experience – 180 hours of experience with animals. A portion of this should include working with a veterinarian. (Note: It is not necessary for an applicant to be a member of a school project, class, or club in order to gain this experience with animals and/or veterinarians.)

Western University of Health Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine
http://prospective.westernu.edu/veterinary/welcome-17/

  • Successful completion of coursework listed
  • Completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Personal statement (narrative essay about your desire to become a veterinarian)
  • Letters of evaluation
  • Interview
  • Animal-related experience – 500 hours of experience with animals. A portion of this may include working with a veterinarian, working in a commercial animal production, animal entertainment, or research environment.
  • Curriculum Vitae

OTHER U.S. VETERINARY SCHOOLS

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