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!
Required Science Courses
General Biology with lab – one year for UCD
General Chemistry with lab – one year for UCD
Upper Division Biology with lab – three courses for WU
Classes may include zoology, endocrinology, cell biology, molecular biology, reproduction, parasitology, histology, toxicology, nutrition and pharmacology.
Organic Chemistry with lab – two courses for UCD, one course for WU
Physics – two courses for UCD, two courses with lab for WU
Genetics – one course upper division for UCD, one course for WU
Biochemistry – one course upper division for UCD, one course preferably with lab for WU
Physiology – one course upper division for UCD and WU
Microbiology – one course for WU
Additional Required Courses
Statistics – one course for UCD and WU
English Composition – two courses for WU
Humanities/Social Studies – three courses for WU
“One year” is approximately equivalent to eight (8) semester units or 12 quarter units, assuming a standard 4-unit class. UC Davis and Western U have specific requirements for which classes you have to have completed by application submission. See their websites for details.
Other vet schools require additional prerequisites. Here is a list of some classes you may consider taking if you are planning on applying to vet schools outside of California:
UC Davis’ Health Professions Advising has a great chart that lists all of the prerequisite courses for each vet school. As always, double check requirements with the vet school’s official website since information may have changed.