Pre-Veterinary Medicine


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At Morningside University, our pre-veterinary program aims to provide comprehensive coursework in biology, chemistry, and physics while cultivating strong critical thinking and writing skills. We understand the importance of courses that prepare students for veterinary school, and our recommended majors in biology and/or chemistry ensure you are well-prepared. With personalized advising and opportunities for additional science courses and internships, our Morningside graduates consistently achieve high acceptance rates and excel in their medical degree pursuits.


Pre-Veterinary Medicine


A Great Fit For

  • Detail-oriented individuals: Students who are meticulous and attentive to detail, ensuring all prerequisites and requirements are accurately and efficiently fulfilled.
  • Science enthusiasts: Individuals passionate about biology and chemistry, eager to delve into significant coursework and immerse themselves in the scientific aspects of veterinary medicine.
  • Goal-driven and ambitious individuals: Students with dedication, perseverance, and a strong drive to succeed, essential qualities for pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
  • Collaborative team players: As future healthcare professionals, being able to effectively collaborate with peers, communicate well, and contribute positively to group dynamics is essential.

Your Undergraduate Path

Students at Morningside University who identify as Pre-Veterinary Medicine typically major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites. Schools will have their own requirements for prerequisites. Coursework required for application to a college of veterinary medicine varies with the school. A strong mathematics, biological sciences, and physical sciences background is necessary. Be sure to consult with your Academic Adviser, Faculty Adviser, or an adviser at the school or college of veterinary medicine that you plan to attend. 

Typical Plan of Study

  • General Biology with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
  • General Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry) with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (2 semesters)
  • Calculus, or in some cases Algebra/Statistics (1-2 semesters)
  • English (2 semesters)


Typically, students at Morningside University who identify as Pre-Physician Assistant major in Biology and/or Chemistry and then add appropriate prerequisites.


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Applying to Veterinary School

Requirements for admission usually include the following:

  • Academic prerequisites
  • An interview
  • An essay and personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Work and/or internship experiences under the direct supervision of a veterinarian are strongly recommended

Maximize your Undergraduate Experience

Students need to also consider the following requirements during their undergraduate path:

  • Maintain a high GPA on coursework. GPAs vary by school (about 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale is required in many cases)
  • Score well on national examinations (the Graduate Record Exam is required for application by most colleges, the Biology GRE and MCAT scores are also accepted in some cases)
  • Have solid animal and veterinary experience
  • About one in three students are accepted in a given year. Involvements to help become competitive in the application process include research, shadowing, and volunteer service hours.

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