Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The PreHealth Advisor guides the student through the PreDental 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.
  • Students are dual advised to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.

Pre-Veterinary Concentration (suggested year)

First Year Second Year Third Year
BIOL 180-181
CHEM 111-112
COMP 100
COMM 100
BIOL 201
CHEM 221-322
two from STAT 101, MATH 173-174
BIOL 362
CHEM 330
PHYS 103-104 (algebra-based)
or PHYS 203-204 (calc-based)

Recommended Electives
The coursework listed above is designed to satisfy the course admission requirements of the NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. Additional courses in biology and chemistry are recommended, but not required. They might include such courses as:

BIOL 205-206 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (8 s.h.)
BIOL 212 General Genetics (4 s.h.)
CHEM 332 Biochemistry II (4 s.h.)
CHEM 351 Physical Chemistry I (3 s.h.)
CHEM 361 Analytical Chemistry I (4 s.h.)

Entrance Exams & Requirements for Veterinary School

  • Application to Veterinary School is made through the centralized application VMCAS
  • Admission to Veterinary School is highly competitive.
  • Applicants are evaluated on:
    • leadership skills
    • animal care and veterinary experience
    • GPA
    • GRE
    • letters of recommendation.
  • Preparation for the GRE 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).


  1. The PreVeterinary Medicine concentration coursework will satisfy the course requirements for admission at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, but not necessarily all veterinary schools. Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools in which they intend to apply.

  2. It is essential that students in the PreHealth Professional program confer regularly with advisors for these concentrations, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta, with questions directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the PreHealth Professions Program SUNY Oneonta.


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