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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.
The changes to the prerequisites are:
An applicant is expected to have completed at least 42 hours of
course work before submitting an application (October 1).
Applicants must have 56 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
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
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.
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
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.
Chemical/Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Please refer to the Texas
A&M University Catalog for current course descriptions.
Generally, correspondence courses are not acceptable as
satisfying specified course requirements.
NONE* = Must be found
at a 4-year institution only
NONE* = Must be found
at a 4-year institution only!
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.
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
Applicants must have taken the
GRE between August 1, 2011 and the current application cycle
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
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas 77843-4461
To obtain testing dates and registration information for the GRE
at Texas A&M University, please call Data and Research Services at
For other locations and dates write
The Graduate Record Examination
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6004
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6004
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843
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