Pre-Veterinary Medicine

PreVeterinary Professional Program students must declare a primary major

Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both primary major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta and should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements
    • Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PreVeterinary Concentration, listed below.
    • Students are encouraged to declare their intended PreHealth Profession for effective prehealth advisement.

 

Pre-Veterinary Concentration

The PreVeterinary Concentration coursework satisfies the course requirements for admission at most American veterinary schools.

  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required.
  • Students should review information regarding the veterinary schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarding recommended electives.

Students must consult the SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered in order to plan properly in advance.

Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Required Coursework
TOTAL: 57-58 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362 16 sh
CHEM 111-112, 221-322, 331-332 (330*) 20 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
COMM 100 3 sh
PHYS 103-104 or 203-204 (Calc I & II are pre-/co-requisites for PHYS 203-204 8 sh
MATH 223, 224, or STAT 101 7-8 sh

*NOTE: Effective Spring 2017, most US and Caribbean Veterinary Programs require Biochemistry I (CHEM 331) and many require Biochemistry I and Biochemistry II.


Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a student taking the the GRE (or other appropriate standardized test) and applying to Veterinary School the summer BEFORE their final year at SUNY Oneonta, and that the student will graduate in four years. If a student wishes to take a "growth year", or take a different undergraduate path, coursework plans can change accordingly.

Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter veterinary school and what primary major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

NOTE: Many pre-professional students are choosing to take at least one year off after they graduate. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning professional school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering, or pursue non-academic interests.

YEAR 1
FALL
SPRING
BIOL 180 (Biology I) 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh COMM 100 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh

 

YEAR 2
FALL
SPRING
CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 322 (Organic Chemistry II) 4 sh
MATH 173 (Calculus I) 4 sh MATH 174 (Calculus II) (if necessary) 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh

 

YEAR 3
FALL
SPRING
PHYS 103 or 203 4 sh PHYS 104 or 204 4 sh
CHEM 331 (Biochemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 332 (Biochemistry II) 4 sh
BIOL 362 (Microbiology) 4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 1-4 sh

 

YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*
FALL
SPRING
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh
 

 

Applying to Veterinary School

Application to Veterinary School is made through the centralized application VMCAS.

 

Requirements for Veterinary School

Applicants are evaluated on

  • letters of recommendation/evaluation
  • leadership skills
  • GPA
  • GRE or MCAT
  • animal care and veterinary experience
    • Animal care and veterinary experience varies in both quantity and type
    • students will need a minimum of 250 veterinary hours (ranging from clinical vet hours to research and involving a variety of animals).

 

PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator.



last update 18 July 2017 (TLL Webmaster)