Become a Veterinarian
Prepare for admission
Could a career in veterinary medicine be right for you?

WSU offers all the college courses you need to prepare for veterinary school. You can complete all the prerequisites needed to apply to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program while an undergraduate student at WSU.

Pre-veterinary study is not a major in itself. It is a preparatory track that can be incorporated into any major. As long as you complete the general core requirements for veterinary school, you can select any undergraduate major you wish.

Other pathways to a DVM degree at WSU

Honors Pre-Admit Program in Veterinary Medicine

The Honors College and College of Veterinary Medicine offer an Honors Pre-Admit Program. Successful completion of this joint program takes seven years and results in the attainment of a Bachelor of Science degree and a DVM.

Combined Program in Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine

The Department of Animal Sciences offers the Combined Program in Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.

Other ways you can prepare for applying to the WSU professional program in veterinary medicine.

  • Shadow a veterinarian or volunteer at a local clinic. Be sure to keep track of the hours and as the contact information of the veterinarians with whom you work.
  • Keep a log of your extracurricular activities (dates of membership, offices held, special projects you accomplished, etc.), any honors, awards, or scholarships you receive and service in your community.
  • Develop your interpersonal and communication skills. While veterinary medicine is rooted in science, best veterinarians are skilled doctors as well as good communicators.

After completing the DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree, candidates must take the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) to practice in the United States.

High School Preparation

Becoming a veterinarian usually requires 8 years of academic training after high school. Applicants complete undergraduate coursework and the majority earn a bachelor’s degree. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program at WSU is an additional four years in biomedical science and clinical training.

As high school student, you can prepare now for admission to college. Although it is important to take as many math and science classes as you can, we also look for students who are well-rounded, with various interests.

High courses that will provide the best foundation for our college pre-veterinary curriculum are laboratory sciences (chemistry, physics, and biology), math, and English.

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DVM Admissions

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Pre-Veterinary Advising

For students who are enrolled or plan to take undergraduate coursework at WSU to prepare for applying to the veterinary program. Pre-veterinary study is a preparatory track that can be incorporated into any major. Schedule an appointment