Please note:  At the present time the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring does not compile letter packets for Pre-Veterinary students due to restrictions to the Veterinary Medical College Application Service.

Most veterinarians perform clinical work in private practices. Veterinarians in clinical practice predominately or exclusively treat small animals and diagnose animal health problems, vaccinate against diseases, medicate animals suffering from infections or illnesses, treat and dress wounds, set fractures, perform surgery, and advise owners about animal feeding, behavior, and breeding. A small number of private practice veterinarians work exclusively with large animals. Much of this work involves preventive care to maintain the health of the food animals. They also perform cesarean sections on birthing animals. Veterinarians also euthanize animals when necessary. Other veterinarians care for zoo, aquarium, or laboratory animals.

Veterinarians can contribute to human as well as animal health. A number of veterinarians work with physicians and scientists as they research ways to prevent and treat human health problems, such as cancer, AIDS, and alcohol or drug abuse. Veterinarians who are livestock inspectors check animals for transmissible diseases, examine slaughtering and processing plants, check live animals and carcasses for disease, and enforce government regulations regarding food purity and sanitation.

This health profession description is from the U.S. Department of Labor occupational outlook handbook

Candidates are required to Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university and must take the following prerequisite courses:

  • English and Writing (2 semesters)
  • Biology with labs (2 semesters)
  • Chemistry with labs (4 semesters)
  • Physics with labs (2 semesters)
  • Math - Courses vary depending on the school (2 semesters) 
  • Behavioral Sciences- Psychology & Sociology (2 semesters) 

 For a detailed list of the courses and other recommended courses, please refer to the student guide

Some schools' course requirements may vary, so reference the specific college you wish to apply to. We also recommend students refer to the American Association of Veterinary Medical College (AAVMC) website for up-to-date information and additional resources.