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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.

Due to Covid-19, the College of Veterinary Medicine will accept Pass/No Pass courses for our prerequisite requirements for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020  and Spring 2021 only.  

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 review the information below under ‘ Additional Guidelines ’. 

When applying for the DVM program, you DO NOT have to have all of the prerequisite courses completed before applying. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer semester preceding the fall semester when you would start the DVM program.

To view a list of courses that have already been approved, can be found here.

Prerequisite Courses Suggested Credit 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)

Physiology can be awarded for a single intro-level Human or Animal Physiology course covering all systems, or a two part combined Anatomy & Physiology sequence (2 quarters or 2 semesters, Must have both courses to fulfill). Lab is not required.


(Public Speaking)

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, general or organic chemistry, anatomy, animal sciences, immunology, cell biology, molecular genetics, ecology, environmental science or other science courses.
Humanities/Social Science Electives 16   Includes, but not limited to: History, economics, anthropology, psychology, art, sociology, music, literature, languages, writing, and ethics.
Total Semester Hours 65-81   The total number of hours provided is a guideline.

Note: Physiology course work must be a comprehensive, intermediate systems physiology series. All systems are required: musculoskeletal, neurology, urinary/renal, endocrine, reproductive, digestive, cardiovascular, and respiratory. At some institutions, two physiology or physiology/anatomy courses are needed to meet this requirement.


Prerequisite Courses – Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, and Communication coursework must be completed with: (1) a grade of C or better in each course, (2) a minimum of 3.0 (B) average among the courses, and (3) no more than one C among your Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, and Communication coursework. Due to Covid-19, the College of Veterinary Medicine will accept Pass/No Pass courses for our prerequisite requirements for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020  and Spring 2021 only. 

  • If any of the Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, and Communication courses are taken as a multiple-part series, this rule will apply to each part as an individual course.
  • All the prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer term preceding the autumn term when you would start vet school. You do not have to have all the prerequisites completed before applying.

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 Coursework 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 – 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: . If you have an individual course you need to have reviewed, please send a complete syllabus to A course description will not satisfy this requirement.

Common prerequisite courses for Ohio schools can be found here:

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