Any Major is appropriate as long as applicants take the required pre-requisite course. The prerequisites for admissions vary by veterinary medical college. Many of these colleges do not require a bachelor's degree for entrance. However, most of the students admitted have completed an undergraduate program. It is not necessary that a student complete a program specifically labeled "pre-veterinary" or "pre-vet." It is, however, necessary for applicants to complete all prerequisite requirements before enrolling in one of the 27 U.S or 4 Canadian veterinary medical colleges/schools (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges).

Testing Requirements
Standardized test requirements also vary at each school. Applicants must submit test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary College Admissions Test, and/or the Medical Admissions Test (MCAT),  depending on the preference of each college.

Clinical Experience
Veterinary medical colleges weigh heavily a candidate's veterinary and animal experience in admission decisions. Formal experience, such as work with veterinarians or scientists in clinics, agribusiness, research, or in some area  of health science, is particularly advantageous. Less formal experience, such as working with animals on a farm or ranch or at a stable or animal shelter, is also helpful. Students must demonstrate ambition and an eagerness to work with animals. Many schools require experience in more that 1 type of animal setting.

Course Requirements
Most veterinary medical colleges will only consider applicants who have a minimum grade point average (GPA). The required GPA varies by school from a low of 2.5 to a high of 3.2. Those who receive offers have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Prerequisite requirements vary significantly from one institution to another. For a complete list of specific veterinary school/college prerequisite, please refer to the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements in the United States and Canada (VMSAR), the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website: Students maintain responsibility for verifying course selection with individual veterinary programs. Listed below are the prerequisite admission requirements for the 2 Veterinary programs in California:

Cal Poly Pomona
Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Science B.S. 
BIOL 101 or 102, 112
CHEM 101, 102
MATH 136, 100 or 110, 102
PHYS 105 and 106

CSU Fresno
B.S. Animal Science

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine DVM
Application Deadline: October 1
Minimum Undergraduate GPA 2.5

Suggested GCC courses:
BIO 101 and 102
CHEM 101 and 102
CHEM 121 or 105 and 106
PHYS 105 and 106


  • Social Sciences/Humanities (12 quarter units): Courses may be selected in a variety of areas. Examples: history, sociology, languages, music, art, psychology, ethnic studies, anthropology.
  • English (12 quarter units): A total of 12 quarter units (8 semester units) must be taken to meet this requirement. One course must be in English
    Composition. The composition requirement may also be met by English Advanced Placement Exam. Other courses may include composition, English, rhetoric, speech or literature. These courses may be lower or upper division. Subject A may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • Statistics (4 quarter units): Elementary statistics. No articulation required.
  • Applicants must complete 108 quarter units (72 semester units) in an accredited college or university before entering the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Social Sciences/Humanities (12 quarter units): Courses may be selected in a variety of areas. Examples: history, sociology, languages, music, art, psychology, ethnic studies, anthropology.

Activities must entail relevant veterinary and animal experiences with types of activities that give an appreciation and understanding of the profession of veterinary medicine. A MINIMUM OF 180 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE MUST BE MET IN ORDER TO HAVE AN APPLICATION EVALUATED.

See the current Guide for Prospective Students for more detailed information.
For articulation questions, call (530) 752-1383 or write to the Office of the Dean-Student Programs, School of Veterinary Medicine, 1 Shields Avenue,
University of California, Davis, CA 95616.
Visit our website: UC Davis Veterinary Admission or email: .


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