Prerequisite Courses for Veterinary Medical College

Students interested in attending Veterinary Medical College can typically choose any major that is of interest to them.  However, choosing a major outside of the sciences will often require additional time at the undergraduate level to complete all courses for the major as well as the prerequisites for veterinary medical college.  The specific prerequisite courses for veterinary medical college differ depending on the individual school.  Below you will find a list of courses required at MOST schools, but it is critical that you research the requirements for each college to which you intend to apply.  The list of courses by school can be found on the website of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) at  Additionally, there is a yearly publication entitled Veterinary School Admission Requirements that is published by Purdue Press.

Commonly Required Courses

  • Two semesters of introductory biology with lab: BIO 110 and BIO 111
  • Two semesters of introductory chemistry with lab: CHEM 111 and CHEM 112
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with lab: CHEM 331 and CHEM 332.  A few schools only require one semester of organic chemistry.
  • Two semesters of physics with lab: PHYS 220 and PHYS 221.  All schools require at least one semester, many require two.
  • One semester of Genetics with lab: BIO 220
  • One semester of Microbiology with lab: BIO 351
  • One semester of Biochemistry without lab: CHEM 481, a few schools require the lab and a few also require 2 semesters of biochemistry
  • Two or three semester of English: ENG 122, SCI 291 and many other options
  • One semester of Public Speaking: COMM 100, some schools may accept this as one of the English courses
  • One semester of Nutrition: FND 250, although some schools specifically require a course in animal nutrition
  • One semester of Statistics: STAT 150

Other courses that are often found as requirements or recommendations include: physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, computer sciences, anatomy, histology, and other advanced biomedical sciences.

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