DaVinci's Man

Veterinary Medicine


Veterinarians diagnose, treat, and control diseases in animals and are concerned with preventing transmission of animal diseases to humans. They treat injured animals and develop programs to prevent disease and injury.

Admitted Student Statistics
AlphaGenesis Incorporated (AGI) Summer Veterinary Program
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); Student AVMA
Army Veterinarians: Military Veterinarian Opportunities
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC); AAVMC Scholarship and Loan Information; AAVMC Webinars
Become a Veterinarian
Become a Veterinarian and Make a Difference
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA); Canadian Veterinary Colleges
Career Opportunities in Veterinary Medicine
Careers in Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State U. College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Vet Prep Program (click on "Vet Prep")
Columbia U. Office of Pre-Professional Advising List of Veterinary Opportunities for Pre-Health Students
Cost Comparison of a Veterinary Medical Education
Financing Your Veterinary Medical Education
Funding a Veterinary Medical Education
Interview Questions
Loop Abroad College Veterinary Service Program
Martindale's Virtual Veterinary Center
Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association
Michigan State U. College of Veterinary Medicine Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH)
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, March 28, 2020
Pre-Veterinary Resources
Pre-Veterinary Student Doctor Network Forums
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program
Rochester Institute of Technology List of Co-op/Internship Opportunities for Prevet Students
Scholarships for Veterinary Medical School
Shadowing a Veterinarian Guide
So, You Want to Be a Veterinarian
State Veterinary Medical Associations
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Adventures in Veterinary Medicine College Program
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine Open House, September 15, 2019
Tuskegee U. School of Veterinary Medicine Summer Enrichment and Reinforcement Program (SERP)
United States Army Veterinary Corps; Veterinarian Profiles
United States Army Veterinary Corps Health Professions Scholarship
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Internship Program
University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, April 18, 2020
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, October 6, 2019
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Information Sessions
University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) Summer Program
Veterinarian Career Guide
Veterinarian Career Overview
Veterinarian Interview
Veterinarian Job Profile
Veterinarian Occupational Outlook
Veterinary Career Network (VCN); VCN Online Career Fair, October 3, 2019
Veterinary Career Options
Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR)
Veterinary Medicine Overview
Veterinary School Admission 101
VetSchool Student Engagement System (VSES)
Vet Student and Vet Career Interviews
Wildlife Internship Search
Wildlife, Marine Animal, Veterinary, and Conservation Volunteer Abroad Programs
(Additional veterinary medicine links are located on the "Health Professions Links" page.)


D.V.M. or V.M.D.

Program Length

4-5 years

Professional Schools' Organization

AAVMC (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges)
Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine Program Ranking
Veterinary Schools

Application Service

VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service) Some schools do not use VMCAS services and have their own applications.
Fee Reimbursement Program
VMCAS Webinar Schedule

Academic Admission Requirements

Two semesters each of English, Biology, Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry. Note: Some schools have very specific requirements often including Microbiology, Statistics, Biochemistry, Animal Science, Nutrition. Check requirements carefully.
Course Prerequisite Chart
Links to prerequisites for each U.S. veterinary school are found at the bottom of the Choosing Your Courses page.

Admission Exam

VCAT (Veterinary College Admission Test) has been discontinued.
Most schools accept GRE.

Personal Attributes & Experiences

Demonstrated knowledge of profession, confidence and comfort around a variety of animals. Strongly recommend veterinary and non-veterinary, animal-related experience.
Animal Experience vs. Veterinary Experience
Experience hours article

Recommendation Letters

No standard form. Usually three letters, two from faculty and one from employer, vet, or another academic source.