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Program for Pre-Veterinary Science

Lindsey Lane 

Most students interested in a career in veterinary medicine major in biology or chemistry, but Wofford has many choices to consider and you should pursue the major(s) that interest you the most.  You will need to fulfill the prerequisite requirements to gain admission to the veterinary school of your choice.

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is a centralized application program for participating veterinary medical colleges.  Of the 27 U.S. veterinary medical colleges, 26 participate in VMCAS, and there are schools in Scotland, England and New Zealand that work through VMCAS.   The organization provides helpful information to pre-vet undergraduates, and you should visit their web site when you have a chance.

The VMCAS has links from which you can download application/prerequisite information from the Veterinary Colleges that you are interested in.  If you are a South Carolina resident, you should plan to apply to the University of Georgia (in addition to any others you’re interested in) because they reserve up to 17 spots for SC residents.

The prerequisite requirements for UGA Veterinary College include:
    *  6 hours of English
    * 14 hours of humanities or social studies
    * 8 hours of inorganic chemistry (full year with laboratory)
    * 8 hours of organic chemistry (full year with laboratory)
    * 8 hours of physics (full year with laboratory)
    * 3 hours of biochemistry
    * 8 hours of general biology (full year with laboratory)
    * 8 hours of advanced biology courses (recommended: comparative anatomy, microbiology, cell biology, genetics)

Pre-veterinary students have designed various types of independent Interims including working with veterinarians, interning at UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, and working at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. It is important that you gain as much hands-on experience as possible prior to applying for admission to veterinary college.

If you need another program to consider (perhaps your grades don’t reflect your will or your potential), you might investigate Ross University in the Lesser Antilles islands.

Dr. Ellen Goldey (Biology) is the pre-veterinary advisor and would be happy to meet with you and discuss your career plans.  Contact Dr. Goldey