Pre-Veterinary Medicine


Courses in the Major
All students in the PreVeterinary Medicine Professional Program must declare a primary major. Students consult with their primary major advisor and a prehealth professions advisor to ensure timely completion of both major and prehealth professions concentration coursework as of the date of their matriculation.

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.

PreVeterinary Concentration (with 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
Preparation for the GRE should begin once students choose the Veterinary career path. GRE exams are ongoing throughout the year. Admission to Veterinary School is highly competitive. Applicants are evaluated on leadership skills, animal care and veterinary experience, GPA, and letters of recommendation.

Animal care and veterinary experience varies in both quantity and type. Depending on which schools students plan to apply, students will need a minimum of 250 veterinary hours (ranging from clinical vet hours to research and involving a variety of animals).

Application to veterinary school is made through the centralized application VMCAS


  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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