The enrollment requirements for veterinary schools of medicine will vary somewhat from one school to another. However, on this page we are going to go over the enrollment requirements that are likely to be required by most schools.
Preparing for Your Career While Still in High School
It is never too early to start preparing for your career. If you are still in high school, you can take college prep courses in science and mathematics. Courses in biology, chemistry, and physics will be very helpful. It’s also important to do well in English courses and it is important to be computer literate. It’s also important to maintain a strong GPA. All of these things will help you get into a veterinary school.
College Preparation for a Career As a Veterinarian
Maintaining a high GPA in college is just important as it was in high school. Many veterinary schools of medicine will require a GPA of 3.5. To get into a veterinary school will require a bachelor of science degree with courses in science, mathematics, and English. Mathematics courses might include algebra, trigonometry, calculus, or statistics. Science courses that you will need to take will include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, general physics, general biology, and possibly zoology. Some veterinary schools will also require courses in microbiology, genetics, and humanities and social sciences.
Taking the proper courses and maintaining a high GPA are a necessity but you will also have to take an admission test to get into a veterinary school of medicine. Veterinary schools will require some type of standardized admission test. Most schools will require a test known as the GRE, or Graduate Record Examination general test. There are some schools that will require you to pass the VCAT, or Veterinary College Admission Test. There are also some schools that will give you your choice of GRE, VCAT, or MCAT. The MCAT is the Medical College Admission Test that medical students must take.
Your test scores are very important and a lot of schools want to see scores above the 70th percentile. Some of the top schools will require your scores to be even higher. To make sure that you are as prepared as you can be, it is a good idea to take some sample tests that are designed to get you prepared for your admission testing.
Getting a Letter of Recommendation
A letter of recommendation may not be required by all schools but it can certainly help at any school you apply to. A veterinary school would like to see a letter of recommendation from faculty members to help get more information on applicants than transcripts and test scores alone would be able to provide.
Veterinary School Interview
In addition to everything mentioned above, many schools will conduct an admission interview. The interview gives school officials an opportunity to meet you face-to-face and get to know you a little better. Your faculty advisor or another faculty member at your college should be familiar with the types of questions you may be asked in an admissions interview. It would be a good idea to ask a faculty member for help getting prepared for your admissions interview. Experience with animals can be a big help.