Pre-Veterinary Timeline

There is not a specific timeline for many of the activities that are required for veterinary medical college, but we recommend that all pre-veterinary students look over the timelines provided below and modify them to fit their individual schedules and goals. The timeline listed below is for those who plan to enter veterinary school immediately following their senior year of undergraduate work.  If you plan to take a year off in between undergraduate school and veterinary school, you can simply modify the timeline presented below.

Freshman year

  • Focus on coursework and how to be a successful college student
  • Work on earning a strong GPA
  • Learn how to study
  • Begin working on prerquisite courses, especialy biology and chemistry (we do not recommend that you take biology, chemistry and physics together during freshman year). Many prevet students take BIO 110 and BIO 111 as well as CHEM 111 and CHEM 112 during their freshman year.
  • Begin community service
  • Shadow a veterinarian in a field that interests you
  • Work in a veterinary clinic, a scientific research laboratory, or any position that requires animal care.
  • Research various medical careers and define what interests you about the field
  • Remember to relax and enjoy the college experience

Sophomore year

  • Continue to focus on doing well in your courses.  Maintain a strong GPA.
  • Many prevey students take BIO 220, CHEM 331 and CHEM 332 as well as PHYS 220 and PHYS 221 during their sophomore year although some will wait until the junior year to take the physics courses.
  • Continue community service
  • Look for leadership opportunities
  • Continue working with animals in either a volunteer or paid position.  Try to find
    positions where you will work with a wide range of animals, small pets, large
    agricultural animals, exotics, etc.
  • Meet with the prehealth advisor
  • Look for research opportunities
  • Consider who to ask for letters of recommendation

Junior year

  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Finish as many prerequisites as possible
  • Continue to work with animals
  • Conduct research in yoru major or with animals
  • Study for the GRE
  • Obtain letters of recommendation - you will need them by October 1 of your senior year
  • Work on your personal essay – attend a personal essay writing workshop
  • Take the GRE, usually in the spring semester or early summer

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Fill out VMCAS in June
  • Submit VMCAS and apply to the schools of your choice in June or July
  • Submit additional applications for any schools that do not accept VMCAS
  • Take the GRE before September if you have not already done so
  • Order transcripts and send them to the schools to which you are applying (do this
    before September)

Senior year

  • Submit VMCAS if you haven’t already
  • Continue to maintain a strong GPA
  • Ensure that you have fulfilled all required prerequisites
  • Continue veterinary related experience
  • Continue research experience
  • Fill out and submit secondary applications
  • Submit letters of recommendation if you have not already done so
  • Send transcripts to schools (many have an October 1 deadline)
  • At the end of the fall semester, submit updated transcripts
  • Fill out financial aid forms in January
  • Prepare for interviews – attend an interview workshop
  • Interview – most schools that conduct interviews will do so early in the spring semester

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