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Clarkson Provides Excellent Preparation for Admission to Veterinary School 

Why have a Pre-Veterinary concentration?
Acceptance into any veterinary program is highly competitive. Having a Pre-Vet concentration insures that you meet all the requirements for application to veterinary school. In addition you will receive guidance through your undergraduate career which will make you a stronger candidate for graduate admissions.

What courses are veterinary schools looking for?

The basic requirements are a sound background in the sciences of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics along with critical reading and writing skills developed through liberal arts courses such as literature, philosophy, etc.

Does Clarkson have the courses I need?

Clarkson offers ALL the courses listed as prerequisites for veterinary school. If you are enrolled in one of the majors in the School of Science, you can fit these courses into your normal degree and major requirements. A list of generally required courses is given below. Keep in mind that prerequisites vary and you should check with your college(s) of interest for a complete listing.

Pre-Veterinary Requirements:

  • Biology with laboratory (2 semesters)
  • Chemistry with laboratory (2 semesters)
  • Organic Chemistry with lab. (2 semesters, 1 of lab.)
  • Physics (2 semesters)
  • Mathematics (2 semesters, including 1 semester Calculus)
  • English (2 semesters, including 1 semester composition)

Additional courses that may be required by individual schools:

  • Humanities (2 semesters)
  • Social Sciences (2 semesters)
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry


What else are veterinary schools looking for?
Veterinary schools look at a number of different criteria in considering an applicant. As in any competitive curriculum a strong GPA and competitive scores on the GRE are certainly factors. However it is important to realize that familiarity and genuine interest in the profession as demonstrated by exposure to practice, research, or other areas of veterinary medicine is essential.

How can Clarkson help?
Clarkson's location in the North country affords perspective veterinary students the opportunity to volunteer and gain experience in both large and small animal settings. Experience in the field is a key requirement for admission to any veterinary school. In addition, Clarkson offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Becoming involved in these activities and participating in community service is an integral part of the student's growth and demonstrates the student's desire to become an active member in the community. Clarkson has many student organizations that are actively involved in community service projects - projects which have a significant impact on the quality of life in the North Country region.