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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!

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AVMA Animal Hospital Video Game

Want to learn more about veterinarians and play a cool veterinary game? Check out the website at:

This is a time management game where you get to be the veterinarian and work your way up the ranks to become Chief Veterinarian of AVMA Animal Hospital. This video game is designed to help those who are interested in veterinary medicine become familiar with what a veterinarian does, the examination process, learning about animals and anatomy and, of course, let you play a really cool video game!

Buckeye Vet for A Day

Each year we offer a one day opportunity for high school students to learn what it is really like to be a veterinarian.  

You can find information at:

Buckeye Vet Camp

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a summer residential day fo current high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.  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.  

For more information click here or go to:

The application for the 2018 summer buckeye is now available.