Pre-Veterinary Medicine

All students in the PreVeterinary Medicine Program must declare a primary major.

  • Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.
  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PreMedicine Concentration.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog descriptions of courses regarding course prerequisites and time of year when offered in order to plan properly in advance.
  • The PreVeterinary Concentration coursework will satisfy the course requirements for admission at most American Veterinary Schools, but not necessarily all schools.
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.

Pre-Veterinary Concentration*

Required Coursework
TOTAL: 57-58 sh
BIOL 180, 181, 201, 362 16 sh
CHEM 111, 112, 221, 322, 330* (CHEM 331/332) 20 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
COMM 100 3 sh
PHYS 103, 104 or 203, 204* (Calculus I & II are pre-/co-requisite for PHYS 203/204) 8 sh
MATH 173, 174, 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.

*Electives & Veterinary School Selection:
The courses listed above satisfy the courses required for admission by the great majority of American veterinary schools and will provide a strong foundation for entrance exam preparation. Additional courses are recommended but not required, and depend on specific Veterinary School education programs. Students should review information regarding the veterinary schools to which they intend to apply for further information regarded recommended electives.

*PreVeterinary Student Advising: Students in the PreHealth Professional Program should confer with advisors for their Primary Major and specific PreHealth Concentration, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta. PreHealth related questions should be directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, PreHealth Professions Program Coordinator at SUNY Oneonta. email:

Suggested Course Sequencing:

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 3 sh
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    
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 Coursework 12-16 sh Upper Division Coursework 12-16 sh



*Please note:
The recommended sequence is based on a student taking 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 bridge 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. As a result, each student should work with their primary major advisor and their prehealth advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Entrance Exams & Requirements for Veterinary School

  • Application to Veterinary School is made through the centralized application VMCAS.
  • Applicants are evaluated on:
  • Preparation for the GRE or MCAT should begin once students choose the Veterinary career path.
  • 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).

last update 31 March 2017 (TLL Webmaster)