Veterinarians specialize in the care and prevention, management, diagnosis, and treatment of injury or disease in animals. In addition to caring for animals in a private practice, veterinarians today may work in public health, food resource management, wildlife conservation, or marine biology.
Becoming a veterinarian requires a 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. As there are only 30 accredited programs in veterinary medicine in the US, placement into one of these programs is highly competitive. Students passionate about a career in veterinary medicine need to demonstrate academic excellence and a dedication to the field through volunteerism or hands-on work with animals to be accepted into a graduate program. Purdue University currently offers the only DVM program in Indiana.
The admission criteria for each Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program vary. While the following table includes typical pre-requisite courses for veterinary programs in the US, students should work with their advisor(s) to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion. Additional upper-level Biology and Chemistry courses may be recommended or required for some programs.
|BIO203 and BIO204
|BIO214 or BIO340
|BIO311/312 or BIO411/412L
|CHE140/141L and CHE142/143L
|CHE305 and CHE306
|PHY110 and PHY111
|BIO205 or MAT130
Admission to veterinary schools is highly competitive. To distinguish yourself as a candidate, students should thoroughly explore the mission and requirements of all programs to which they hope to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.
A competitive candidate will generally:
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