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WSU Health Professions Student Center Pre-Veterinary

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Pre-Veterinary specialist

Becky Jewell

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The preparatory program at Washington State University is one of the most comprehensive in the nation and offers many opportunities for students. Your health professions specialist can help you explore opportunities for research, leadership, and industry experience. Your pre-vet specialist will assist you in preparation for your professional exams and help you produce and submit a complete application to the veterinary programs of your choice.

We encourage students to meet with us at least once each semester. We advise and support students from all majors and continue to provide support to students after they complete their degree at Washington State University.

Pre-Veterinary study is not a major in itself. It is a preparatory track that can be incorporated into any major. As an undergraduate student, you may choose any major that you are passionate about and still fulfill the prerequisites necessary to qualify for a four-year veterinary medicine program after you graduate.

+7-Year Programs

Most students earn a bachelor’s degree and then apply to a four-year professional program in veterinary medicine. While only three years of pre-professional study are required, you will be much better prepared for entrance exams and professional study after a full four years of college study.WSU offers two additional pathways toward veterinary medicine for high achieving students.

  • The Honors College and College of Veterinary Medicine offer a dual honors veterinary medicine program. Successful completion of this joint program takes seven years and results in the attainment of a BA/BS and a DVM.
  • A similar seven year program is offered by the Department of Animal Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine. Selection is by invitation only and requires a minimum entering high school GPA of 3.6 and significant experience with food-producing animals. Successful completion results in a BS in animal sciences and a DVM.

+Veterinary School Requirements

Academic Records

Admissions committees look for excellence in the sciences and academic curiosity. There is no minimum GPA for admission to veterinary programs, however the average cumulative GPA is a 3.6. Veterinary schools will consider cumulative GPA, science GPA, last 45 semester hour GPA, prerequisite GPA, grades in upper division science courses and course load per semester.

Standardized Testing

Applicants must have taken the GRE Revised General Test and have their scores submitted to the college by a certain deadline.

Letters of Recommendation

Prospective students must submit a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters submitted must be from a veterinarian.

Shadowing Experiences

Most veterinary schools do not provide a minimum, but many recommend at 200-500 hours of animal experience (4H, FFA, dog walking, etc) and 200-500 hours of clinical experience or shadowing (work supervised by or in observation of a veterinarian). Note that obtaining high quality, divers (small & large animal) shadowing experience is more important than merely accumulating hours; quality over quantity!

Volunteer and Community Service

A strong history of volunteer activity is an indication of the applicant’s desire to contribute to society; a major component of becoming a veterinarian. A good place to start looking for community service opportunities is at the Health Professions Student Center. We have an entire bulletin board dedicated to opportunities in the Pullman area.

On-site Interview

If offered an on-site interview, prospective students will participate in a panel interview consisting of faculty within the CVM. A representative from the Washington or Idaho State Veterinary Medical Association will also be on the panel for students applying from those states (for WSU). Interviews for most veterinary schools are scheduled for 30 minutes, but be prepared for 45.

+Prerequisite Courses for Veterinary School


+Helpful Links

WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Washington State University

External Resources

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

  • AAVMC home page: An organization dedicated to preparing the veterinary workforce for serving society with excellence.
  • Sources of funding: Provides guidance on how to get help paying for a veterinary medical education. Includes links to various resources.
  • Colleges of Veterinary Medicine: Contains links to the admission requirements of the top professional veterinary programs.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Resources for Obtaining Scholarships

  • Veterinary Student Scholarships: A helpful list of national organizations, colleges, and states that sponsor valuable scholarships designed to help veterinary students pay for their college education.

USDL Bureau of Labor Statistics

Washington State University

Washington Healthcare Careers