Whether you are a middle 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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