High School and Junior High Students

Whether you are a junior high or high school student, it is never too early to begin preparing. So what can you do now to prepare for vet school?

Becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine involves a program of academic preparation, usually 8 years after high school.  Applicants typically complete 3 to 4 years of undergraduate coursework and the majority earn a bachelor's degree.  The professional school is 4 years of education in basic sciences and clinical procedures. It is important to know that the foundation for veterinary medicine is science.  Make sure you take as many science courses as you can, however, we also look for students who are well-rounded, with various interests. 

Your guidance counselor will be able to assist you in arranging your schedule in high school.  Your course selection will also be dependent upon the college/university you wish to attend to complete your pre-vet courses. 

Here is a list of courses you should consider:

  • 4 years mathematics - algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus
  • 4 years laboratory sciences - biology and chemistry
  • 4 years English composition

Shadow a local veterinarian or volunteer at a local clinic.  Keep a journal that includes hours you worked, types of animals you worked with, contact information of the veterinarian(s) you worked with, and unique experiences. 

Get involved in activities that will help develop your interpersonal, leadership and communication skills.  Veterinary medicine is not only a science and animal profession, but is also a people profession as well.  Keep a log that lists all your extracurricular activities, awards, honors or any special accomplishments.  

It is also important to think about where you want to go to college to complete your pre-veterinary courses and your major.  For information about Ohio State University undergraduate programs, click here!

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for High School Students

 FAQs for Junior High School Students 

Website - So, you want to be a vet?

Want to learn more about veterinarians and play cool veterinary games? Check out our website "So, you want to be a Vet," click here.

This website is designed to help those who are interested in veterinary medicine become familiar with what a veterinarian does, the examination process, different businesses that employ veterinarians, learning about animals and anatomy and, of course, let you play some really cool veterinary games!

Open House

The college hosts an Open House for the community in the fall.  This event is only held once a year.  You can find details about our Open House at vet.osu.edu, choose Open House.

2015 Buckeye Vet Prep Camp

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a summer residential day for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors (as of Fall 2014).  This is a six day camp that give participants an opportunity to learn more about veterinary school and the profession.  If you love science, animals and working with people you don't want to miss out on this opportunity to explore the diverse career options in veterinary medicine.  

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Application will open Monday, Februray 9 at 6:00 pm.