Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science


The requirements for entry into veterinary school are different depending on the school to which you apply.  See prerequisites for the different veterinary programs across the country. It is important that you visit the Health Professions Advising Office in your freshman year.

Below are listed the courses required by North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • English Composition/Public Speaking/Composition, 6 credit hours
  • Math 231
  • Physics 114 and 115
  • Any Statistics 151 or 155; or Econ 400 or Psyc 215
  • Chem 101, 102, 241, 261, 262 plus all accompanying labs
  • Chem 430, Biochemistry
  • Biology 101 & 101L, 4 credit hours
  • Biology 202, Genetics
  • Microbiology 251, 255 or Biol 422
  • Animal Nutrition, available at NCSU, on-line from NCSU, or from other Universities

A course that is recommended, but not required is BIOL 205, cell biology. While it is not necessary to major in biology, the required and recommended courses fit nicely into this major.


NCSU now requires the Graduate Record Exam, GRE. The usual time to take it is in the spring semester of the Junior year. Students should prepare for this test.


Most veterinary schools in the United States, and internationally, accept applications through the Veterinary Medical Colleges Application Service, VMCAS. This application should be submitted in the summer before your last year in college.

Extracurricular activities/experience

Experience working in a variety of veterinary settings is an essential part of your credentials. Most veterinary schools place emphasis on this activity and require at least one letter of evaluation from a veterinarian.

Note: NC State University Veterinary School does not interview applicants. Selection is based on applicants’ academic record, test scores, experience, and recommendations. It is essential to get good grades from the beginning.

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