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Admission to the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine requires successful completion of the prerequisites listed below or their equivalents from any accredited college or university.

Starting with the 2015-2016 Admissions Cycle (Class of 2020), we will have a new set of prerequisite courses, and new rules regarding prerequisite course completion. Please see the prerequisite course changes listed below.

Prerequisites starting with the 2015-2016 Admissions Cycle

Prerequisite Courses Semester Hours Course Offering at Ohio State Notes
Biochemistry* 3-10 BIOCHEM 4511 If Biochemistry is taught as a 2-part sequence, both parts are required. Lab is not required.
Microbiology* 3-5 MICRBIO 4000 Lab is required.
Physiology* 5-10 PHYSIO 3200 or ANIMSCI 3140 (for Ohio State Animal Science students) All anatomy/physiology courses are taught as a 2-part sequence, both parts are required to fulfill this requirement. All systems must be covered.** Lab is not required. Some schools may offer this as a combined Anatomy/Physiology course.
Public Speaking (Communication) 3-5 COMM 2110 or 2131 or AGCOMM 3130 (for Ohio State Animal Science students)

Basics of public speaking & critical thinking. This should be a public speaking course.  

Science Electives 35   Includes, but not limited to: Biology, chemistry, anatomy, immunology, cell biology, molecular genetics, animal science, ecology, environmental science or other science courses.***
Humanities/Social Science Electives 16   Includes, but not limited to:  History, economics, anthropology, psychology, art, music, literature, languages, writing, and ethics.  

* = Capstone Course

** = Physiology course work must be a comprehensive, intermediate systems physiology series.  Required systems include musculoskeletal, neurology, urinary/renal, endocrine, reproductive, digestive, cardiovascular, and respiratory

 Unless you took physiology at Ohio State, you must send your physiology course syllabus materials to our office for evaluation at

*** = Science electives can include courses that are prerequisites for the capstone courses (e.g. biology, general and organic chemistry, etc.).

All of the capstone courses must have been completed within the past 10 years.

The number of hours provided is a guideline. In assessing course content for equivalency, actual hours may vary for your institution. In some cases a multiple course series may be needed to fulfill prerequisite coursework. If you are unsure of whether or not a course will be accepted to fulfill a prerequisite, please contact us at

Please note:

  • Beginning with the 2015-2016 cycle, the capstone courses - Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, and Communication - must be completed with (1) a grade of C or better in each course, (2) a minimum 3.0 (B) average among the courses, and (3) no more than one C among any of the capstone courses.  
    • If any of the capstone courses are taken as a multiple-part series, this rule will apply to each part as an individual course.
    • All of the prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring term preceding the Autumn term when you would start vet school. (You do not have to have all of the prerequisites completed before applying.)
    • For students who have already started completing the prerequisite coursework:
      • Courses that were previously required as prerequisites, but will not be required in our new set of prerequisites, can still be used towards the 35 hours required for the science electives. (e.g. physics, general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular genetics.)
      • If you have received more than one C in your capstone courses, or if the average for the courses is below a 3.0, this will need to be rectified by the 2015-2016 admissions cycle. (Prerequisites will be verified after the conclusion of the spring term before you start vet school, so courses can be retaken in the autumn or spring term after you apply.)

Additional Guidelines

Advanced Placement: To receive credit for AP courses, they must be listed on official transcripts from a college or university you have attended.

Ten Year Course Work Rule: If any science prerequisites are older than ten years, the applicant must either report course work in that specific area or submit convincing evidence of current mastery in the appropriate science to the Admissions Committee. The applicant must prove they have current experience to show they have maintained knowledge in the field.

Prerequisite Evaluation: Common prerequisite courses for Ohio schools can be found here:

Professional Admissions at Ohio State offers free coursework evaluations for students attending other institutions to provide assistance in selecting and taking coursework that meets our prerequisite requirements. If you would like to request a prerequisite evaluation, please complete the prerequisite evaluation form.  For course equivalency questions, please contact OSU Professional Admissions Office at or (614) 292-9444 or visit their website at

Contact Us: If you have any questions about the prerequisite courses, please contact us at