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Have you always had an innate love for animals? Have you ever considered the difference you can make by saving and caring for a sick animal--not only for the animal, but for their owners too?

The Health Profession Program advisors work with Pre-Vet students in all the same ways they work with students interested in the MD path. Dartmouth also has its own Pre-Veterinary Society, more active in some years than others.

What do veterinarians do?

Veterinarians typically do the following:

  • Examine animals to diagnose their health problems
  • Perform surgery on animals
  • Test for and vaccinate against diseases
  • Advise animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments
  • Euthanize animals

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Pre-Veterinary Requirements

Prerequisites: Similar to pre-med requirements, but additional courses are required (microbiology, anatomy, and nutrition), but may differ from school to school. See link below for school-specific requirements.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Prerequisites Chart

AAVMC Admissions information

Application: Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) and VMCAS Instructions

Entrance Exam:Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The Health Professions Program office has a hardcopy of the most recent Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (VMSAR) or can be purchased.

Veterinary Education

Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M)

Years of Study: 4 years. Additional years of training vary by specialty.

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Last Updated: 8/26/16