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In order to become a veterinarian, you must:

  • complete a bachelor's degree (in any major)
  • take the appropriate pre-requisite coursework
  • take the Graduate Record Examination ( GRE)
  • complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM or VMD) (4 years)
  • obtain a license to practice

What should I major in?

While there is no prescribed major for admission into veterinary school, it is imperative that students complete all required courses for admission. Veterinary schools vary in their requirements, and it is important for you to learn what coursework the schools that interest you want. Choose your major according to your strengths, interest and alternative career choices.

Minimally, a student should complete these courses at WCU for most veterinary schools:

  • BIOL 140, BIOL 240, BIOL 361 or CHEM 361, BIOL 413/414
    Principles of Biology I, Introduction to Genetics, Principles of Biochemistry, Principles of General Microbiology/Methods of General Microbiology
  • CHEM 139, CHEM 140, CHEM 241, CHEM 242
    General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II
  • PHYS 130, PHYS 131
    Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II
  • MATH 170, MATH 153 (may require prerequisites MATH 130 and/or MATH 146)
    Applied Statistics, Calculus I (may require prerequisites College Algebra and/or Precalculus)
  • One course in animal nutrition
    (available online through another institution)

Advanced coursework in Biology and Chemistry is highly recommended.

Who can help me at WCU?

Zachary Williams at 828.227.2555 or

Honors College students contact: Emily Sharpe at 828.227.3277 or

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