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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Degree

Veterinarians protect the health and welfare of animals. They diagnose and control animal diseases, treat sick animals, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people, and advise owners on proper care of pets and livestock.



Timeline for veterinary school applicants. This timeline is subject to change based on students’ competitiveness and readiness to apply.

veterinary school application timeline

Pre-requisite Coursework

Before applying to a Veterinary Medicine program, schools will expect you to establish academic readiness through undergraduate coursework. Veterinarian schools have specific coursework that is required for admission.

Research the requirements of the schools where you plan to apply as course requirements will and can vary from school to school. You can consult the individual Vet school websites for information on admission requirements.

Coursework Requirements for Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine

The below courses are for Texas A&M veterinary program. If also applying out of state, please check each school website for their direct pre-requisite coursework requirements.

Biology requirements: BIO 1404; BIO 2313* + BIO 2322 (lab); BIO 3713 + BIO 3722 (lab) or BIO 1053 + 1061 (lab)

Chemistry requirements: CHE 1103 + CHE 1121 (lab); CHE 1113 + CHE 1131 (lab); CHE 2603 + CHE 2612 (lab); CHE 3643 + CHE 3652 (lab); BIO 3513

Physics requirements: PHY 1603 + 1611 (lab); PHY 1623 + PHY 1631 (lab)

Statistics: STA 3003*

English: Any 6 hours of English, to include WRC 1013 and WRC 1023

Speech Communication: COM 2113 or COM 3243

*indicates UTSA pre-requisite course required