May 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Veterinary Medicine


228 Pasteur Hall (507.457.5458)
Dr. Kimberly M. Bates, Advisor


342 Pasteur Hall (507.457.5294)
Dr. Sara Hein, Advisor

350 Pasteur Hall (507.457.2476)
Dr. Thomas Nalli, Advisor

Program Information

This program is designed for entry into the University of Minnesota (U of M) College of Veterinary Medicine. All applicants must have completed at least three years of college work. A degree in Biology  or Chemistry  fits best with the required courses, but other degrees are acceptable.

All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants must also apply through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS), and they must meet the application deadline of October 1. For general admission and other useful information, applicants are encouraged to visit the VMCAS website. Students planning to apply to other schools of veterinary medicine should consult the entry requirements of their chosen veterinary schools. Students should meet early with an advisor to plan their programs of study.

Required Courses

These courses fulfill the entrance requirements of the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine. These courses do not constitute a degree. View degree requirements on the Biology  or Chemistry  department pages.


STAT 110 - Fundamentals of Statistics  is not required, but is recommended by the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine.

12 to 18 elective credits to be chosen from the two groups below:

  • History and Social Sciences (6-9 credits): economics (recommended), geography, history, political science, psychology, social science, and sociology courses.
  • Arts and Humanities (6-9 credits): art, literature, music, philosophy, theater, religion, and foreign language literature courses. The U of M College of Veterinary Medicine does not accept introductory and intermediate language courses as arts and humanities courses. (Additional courses are required for students who do not earn a bachelor’s degree at WSU; see the U of M College of Veterinary Medicine Catalog.)


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

= Civic Engagement and Service Learning