Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Note that admissions requirements will vary somewhat by program. Health sciences majors should work with their advisor to make sure they are taking the correct pre-requisite courses for the graduate programs they plan to apply to.


Admissions Requirements

BIOL 111  Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells 
BIOL 112  Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution 
BIOL 315  Microbiology 
BIOL/CHEM 434  Biochemistry 
BIOL 443 Genetics 
CHEM 111  Chemical Principles I 
CHEM 112   Chemical Principles II  
CHEM 231  Organic Chemistry I 
CHEM 232  Organic Chemistry II 
PHYS 111 Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences or PHYS 117 Physics I
PHYS 112 Introduction to Physics for the Life Sciences II or PHYS 118 Physics II
MATH 112  Elementary Statistics 
MATH 121  Calculus I 

Animal nutrition is required by number of schools and can be taken through the consortium at NC A&T or online at several universities, including NCSU and Purdue University

Admissions requirements for veterinary medicine schools.

Course Recommendations

Chemistry 111 and 112 and Biology 111 should be taken during your first year at Guilford because they are pre-requisites for other required courses.

Suggested Activities

Veterinary schools require experience in the veterinary field before entering their program. This experience can be gained through internships, volunteer work and summer jobs. Both the pre-health professions advisors and the Career Development Center can help students find these experiences.

Standardized Admissions Test

The GRE is the standardized test that most students who wish to apply to veterinary medical school should take. The exam should be taken in summer of the year in which you plan to apply. For example, if you planned to enter vet school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should take the test before or during the summer of your junior year.

Applying to Veterinary Medicine School

Most vet schools use the online application service VMCAS. Students who plan to apply should complete the common application, which then distributes the information to the students’ chosen schools. The completed applications should be submitted by mid-summer of the year before the student plans enter vet school. For example, if you plan to enter vet school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should submit the applications during the summer of your junior year.

Note: As a capstone to the health science major, students take Health Science Seminar (HSCI 400), in which students learn about navigating the application process, from preparing the personal statement to interview tips, as well as discuss topics such as paying for graduate school and current issues in health care. In addition, Guilford alumni who are currently in or recently graduated from graduate programs in the health professions come back to share their experiences with you. This class should be taken the spring before you plan to apply to vet school.


  • Anne Glenn

    Chair, Coordinator for Health Sciences Major & Pre-Health Professions Advising, Coordinator for Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Studies Program
    School Extension 316.2234