Preparing for Veterinary School

Most Albany students will enter a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program after graduation.  We recommend that students follow the pre-health curriculum listed on our website.

The following list should serve as a general guideline only since program requirements vary:

Common Course Requirements

General Biology w/labs                                                                       2 semesters
General Chemistry w/labs                                                                   2 semesters
Organic Chemistry w/labs                                                                   2 semesters
Physics w/labs                                                                                     2 semesters
Statistics/Calculus                                                                               1-2 semesters
English Composition                                                                           1-2 semesters

Additional Courses depending on the program:

Biochemistry
Microbiology
Genetics
Public Speaking
Humanities/Social Sciences

Common Admissions Requirements:

GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test scores (should be taken by October 1st)
3-4 Letters of recommendation (at least one from a veterinarian or research scientist)
Minimum GPA of 3.00 +
Significant volunteer/work experience w/animals in a hospital, clinic, kennel, shelter, lab,zoo,etc.

How to Apply:

Veterinary Medicine College Application Service (VMCAS) is the central application service

Deadlines for regular admission vary from June-October

For more information about careers in veterinary medicine visit: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC): http://www.aavmc.org/ or obtain a copy of the Veterinary School Admissions Requirements book.