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Pre-Veterinary Minor

Develop A Strong Foundation To Get Accepted Into Veterinary School And Thrive In The Field

Admission to veterinary school is highly competitive. Working in the veterinary field comes with its share of difficult, and often messy, responsibilities! However, it is a career that is ideal for many animal lovers. If you have a passion for animals and have patience, a strong stomach, and the ability to handle the aspects of the job, a career in veterinary medicine could be the perfect career for you.

Combined with other courses, Immaculata's pre-veterinary minor satisfies veterinary school admission requirements.

At A Glance

Program: Minor
Audience: Undergraduate students
Format: Face-to-face classes
Next Start Date: January 16, 2024
Time to Completion Four years

"The biology and chemistry professors were always willing to assist their students in any way possible. I knew that if I had a question or concern with the material, I could always count on them being there to help. After entering veterinary medical school, I was astounded as to how much the Biology program had prepared me for the rigorous coursework."

Sirena Melendez
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine candidate at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

The pre-vet minor at Immaculata is carefully designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully gain admission to veterinary school and to help you thrive as a veterinary physician.

Immaculata alumni have been accepted to these veterinary programs:

  • Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

While at IU, you pursue a major in your selected interest (typically biology or chemistry) with the addition of the pre-vet minor. This combination will insure that you enroll in the appropriate courses to satisfy veterinary school admission requirements. You will also receive direction and advice from your advisor regarding the next steps you should be taking to prepare for application to veterinary school.

In addition to the requirements of the biology or chemistry majors, highlights of the pre-vet minor include:

  • Special problems—clinical experience and shadowing
  • Animal behavior
  • Principles of physiology

Medical School Basic Prerequisites

  • 12 credits of Biology – Including Genetics
  • 16 credits of Chemistry – Including Biochemistry & Organic Chemistry
  • 8 credits of Physics
  • 6-8 credits Calculus and/or Statistics
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours is required in areas of humanities ( History, Foreign Language, Philosophy, Arts, etc), social science (Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, etc.)  and behavioral science (Psychology, etc.).
  • 6 credits of English composition and literature
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