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Prerequisites

A degree in preveterinary medicine is not offered at Texas A&M University, but appropriate educational experiences are available for entrance into the veterinary medical program.

Students preparing for admission to the professional veterinary medical program must choose a specific course of study (major) offered by one of the colleges at the university in which the student is enrolled. Students are encouraged to enroll into a degree program leading to another career choice, in case they are not selected for the professional veterinary medical program. This degree program should provide appropriate educational experiences and academic rigor to prepare the student for entrance into the veterinary medical program.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better by the Spring semester of the year in which you are applying to matriculate. (For example, all prerequisite courses must be completed with a "C" or better by the end of the Spring 2013 in order to enter into the Fall 2013 semester.)

 

The updates to the prerequisites is for the 2014-2015, application cycle (entering Class of 2015) and thereafter. These updates will not affect our current application cycle (entering Class of 2014).

The changes to the prerequisites are:

  • English Literature replaced with "Introduction" Psychology
  • We will only accept a Junior/Senior level Statistics course. Calculus will no longer be an acceptable prerequisite.

Preprofessional Credit and Course Requirements

An applicant is expected to have completed at least 42 hours of course work before submitting an application (October 1). Applicants must have 58 semester hours of college or university credits prior to admission into the professional program. Applicants are requested to have the majority of their science prerequisites completed by the semester of application. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to admission into the professional curriculum. They are not to be taken in the Summer session prior to entrance into the college. Failure to complete the prerequisites by the end of the Spring semester can result in rescinding any offers of admissions made to the applicant. This also applies to any correspondence courses. If you or your Academic Advisor have questions about a course, please call our office.

Applicants are reminded that courses taken during the Fall semester at the time of application will not be considered for determining the qualifications for interview, but will be considered in the final selection by the Committee.

Preprofessional courses may be taken at any accredited institution of higher education. These courses must be equivalent to comparable courses at Texas A&M University. Many Texas institutional prerequisite equivalencies are available on the Equivalent Prerequisites page.

Courses must have been completed within the last ten years. Since science advances and expands so rapidly, required prerequisite science courses are rarely exempted from the ten year rule.

Students who have most or all of their coursework and required prerequisites that were taken more than ten years prior to the time of desired application should consider the Texas "Fresh Start Program" and contact the Registrar at the institution where they would like to pursue the new coursework.


Experience with Animals

Knowledge of and experience in working with animals is critical preparation for a successful veterinarian. Appropriate preparation includes formal training and experience as well as contact with and handling of animals. Applicants to the College of Veterinary Medicine are expected to be familiar with animal and animal behavior. General agriculture knowledge is encouraged for those interested in farm animal veterinary medicine.

To obtain this experience, applicants should register for the course work which provides exposure to animals or involve themselves in practical animal applications in the private sector.


Specific Subject Requirements for Texas A&M University

The following course work is the required background for entry into the veterinary medical program. These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Repeated courses need only be completed with a grade of "C" or better, not a cumulated average of "C" or better. It is anticipated that highly motivated students will exceed these minimal course requirements.

A limited number of correspondence courses may be acceptable as satisfying specified course requirements. Students should consult the admissions office.

Life Sciences

Credit Hours A&M Courses That Meet Requirements
General Biology with lab 4 BIOL 111
General Microbiology with lab 4 VTPB 405 or BIOL 351 or BIOL 206
Genetics 3 GENE 301 or GENE 320
Animal Nutrition or Feeds & Feeding 3 ANSC 303 (NUTR 303) or ANSC 318 or ANSC 320

Chemical/Physical Sciences and Mathematics

 

Credit Hours A&M Courses That Meet Requirements
Inorganic Chemistry with lab 8 CHEM 101/111 & 102/112
Organic Chemistry with lab 8 CHEM 227/237 & 228/238
Biochemistry (must be lecture hours only) 3 BICH 410
Statistics 3 STAT 301 or 302 or 303
Physics 8 PHYS 201 and 202

Non-Sciences

Credit Hours A&M Courses That Meet Requirements
Composition and Rhetoric 3 ENGL 104
Introduction to Psychology 3 PSYC 107
Speech Communication 3 COMM 203 or 315 or 325
Technical Writing 3 ENGL 210 or 301

Please refer to the Texas A&M University Catalog for current course descriptions.

 

The updates to the prerequisites is for the 2014-2015, application cycle (entering Class of 2015) and thereafter. These updates will not affect our current application cycle (entering Class of 2014).

The changes to the prerequisites are:

  • English Literature replaced with "Introduction" Psychology
  • We will only accept a Junior/Senior level Statistics course. Calculus will no longer be an acceptable prerequisite.

Specific Subject Requirements by Texas Common Course Number

The following course work is the required background for entry into the veterinary medical program. These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Repeated courses need only be completed with a grade of "C" or better, not a cumulated average of "C" or better. It is anticipated that highly motivated students will exceed these minimal course requirements.

Generally, correspondence courses are not acceptable as satisfying specified course requirements.

Life Sciences

Credit Hours Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCN)
General Biology with lab 4 BIOL 1406 or 1306/1106
General Microbiology with lab 4 BIOL 2421 (This course is currently being evaluated and may or may not be acceptable.  It is to your advantage to take an upper level course)
Genetics 3 NONE*
Animal Nutrition 3 *Courses that fill requirement

NONE* = Must be found at a 4-year institution only

Chemical/Physical Sciences and Mathematics

Credit Hours Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCN)
Inorganic Chemistry with lab 8 CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412
Organic Chemistry with lab 8 CHEM 2423 & 2425
Biochemistry (must be lecture hours only) 3 NONE*
Statistics 3 NONE*
Physics 8 PHYS 1401 & 1402 or PHYS 1301/1101 & 1302/1102

NONE* = Must be found at a 4-year institution only!

Non-Sciences

Credit Hours Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCN)
Composition and Rhetoric 3 ENGL 1301
Introduction to Psychology 3 PSYC 2301
Speech Communication 3 SPCH 1315 or 1321
Technical Writing 3 ENGL 2311
All courses should be passed with a grade of "C" or better. Failure to meet this requirement will be considered cause for reevaluation of the student's application.

Prerequisite courses must be taken at any accredited institution of higher education. These courses must be the equivalent of comparable courses at Texas A&M University. See our additional pages for Texas institutional equivalencies.


The updates to the prerequisites is for the 2014-2015, application cycle (entering Class of 2015) and thereafter. These updates will not affect our current application cycle (entering Class of 2014).

The changes to the prerequisites are:

  • English Literature replaced with "Introduction" Psychology
  • We will only accept a Junior/Senior level Statistics course. Calculus will no longer be an acceptable prerequisite.

Preprofessional Testing

A score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required as part of the application. Texas A&M University considers scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. Failure to submit scores directly to Texas A&M University using the institution code #6812 (Texas A&M University -- College of Veterinary Medicine) will result in disqualification of the applicant's file.

Applicants must have taken the GRE between August 1, 2011 and the current application cycle year.

The Graduate Record Examination is given at various times and locations throughout the United States, including Texas A&M University. Application forms are available from the various testing locations. Test dates and locations are usually available at local universities.

If you have any questions regarding the GRE, please do not hesitate to contact our office at:

Office of the Dean
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-4461
(979) 862-1169

To obtain testing dates and registration information for the GRE at Texas A&M University, please call the Office of Measurement and Research Services at (979) 845-0532.

For other locations and dates write to:

The Graduate Record Examination
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6004
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6004

Telephone: (609) 771-7670