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    Pre-Veterinary Program

    If you are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, please read this page carefully. Included here are tips for successfully gaining admission to vet school, coursework requirements, and links to other sites that may be helpful to you.

    What is the "Pre-Vet" Program at UWW?

    First and foremost, there is no such thing as a "Pre-Vet" major at UW-Whitewater, or any other reputable university. The University does not offer a degree program in Pre-veterinary medicine. You may pursue a course of study that provides the minimum coursework required for admission to most vet schools, but such a program will not satisfy the requirements for completion of a bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater. Incoming students should speak with an academic advisor in Biological Sciences to discuss appropriate choice of major and minor.

    Choice of Major and Minor

    Although a bachelor's degree is not required for admission to vet schools, we advise that students consider completing the requirements for a degree at UW-Whitewater. A bachelor's degree in the sciences is not necessary--vet schools admit students who have degrees in art, literature, political science, business, etc. Students with degrees in fields other than the sciences, must take additional coursework to satisfy vet school admission requirements. Typically, our "pre-vet" students major in Biology (Pre-Biomedical Professions Emphasis) and minor in Chemistry or Physical Science.

    Successful Admission to Vet School

    Admission to a vet school is a highly competitive process. Minimally, you should strive to achieve the following goals to make yourself a good prospect for admission to a professional program in Veterinary Medicine:

    • Maintain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (gpa)
    • Score well on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test
    • Gain significant experience working with animals, especially large animals, that could include internship or volunteer experience with a veterinary practice, work at a zoo, animal training facility (e.g., stables, track), or other experiences above and beyond pet care
    • Successful completion of minimum coursework requirements as specified by the vet school of choice. Most programs now provide coursework requirements on their web sites.

    Minimum Course Requirements

    The following table indicates those UW-Whitewater courses which are required for admission to the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine. If you are considering applying to other vet schools, please consult them directly for information about their requirements for academic preparation.

    RequirementCreditsUWW Courses which fulfill requirement
    * indicates Biology Dept recommendation
    Biology 303* OR Math 230 OR Math 231 OR Psychology 215
    General Biology
    Biology 141 AND 142
    Biology 251
    General Chemistry
    Chemistry 102 AND 104
    Organic Chemistry
    Chemistry 251
    Chemistry 456
    Physics 140 AND 141 (4 cr. each)
    OR Physics 180 AND 181 (4 cr. each)
    Physics lab is not required
    Social Sciences/
    No specific coursework defined as long as minimum number of credits are earned in this discipline
    English Composition
    English 101 OR 102

    As you can see from studying this table, completion of the minimum coursework requirements will require at least two years of study at UW-Whitewater. In addition, many of these courses have pre-requisites that must be fulfilled. Please consult the UW-Whitewater Undergraduate Catalog for complete details about course pre-requisites and other academic requirements (available online).

    How and When to Apply for Vet School

    Students planning to apply for admission to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine should contact the school directly for the VMCAS application packet during the spring or summer preceding the semester in which they intend to apply. The VMCAS application can be used to apply to many other vet schools as well. UWSVM applications are due by October 1st each year; the GRE must be taken by that date as well. Admission is for the following Fall Semester at UWSVM. You should be aware that each year, only 80 seats are reserved for new students at UWSVM, and 60-70 of these are reserved for residents of the state of Wisconsin. For more information on the application process or to obtain an application packet, please contact the UW School of Veterinary Medicine at: Office of Academic Affairs, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Drive West,University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; 608-263-2525.

    Useful Links to Other Sources of Information About Preparing for Vet School

    UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine

    UWW Pre-Vet Student Advisor

    Dr. Ellen Davis
    Upham 361
    (262) 472-5141


    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


    Office of the Dean
    Rebecca Reichert
    Phone: (262) 472-1621

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