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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Our Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program provides undergraduate students with relevant coursework to help them prepare for a career in veterinary medicine.

Students planning to attend a College of Veterinary Medicine should major in biology or chemistry. Completion of the recommended courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics will assist students in preparing for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT). Most Veterinary Medical Schools require applicants to have completed 90 semester hours of college work. Specific course requirements vary from school to school.

Because South Carolina has no veterinary schools, SC residents must complete their veterinary medicine education out-of-state. For tuition purposes, however, SC students may be considered in-state residents at the University of Georgia, Tuskegee University (Alabama), and Mississippi State University.

Recommended Coursework

Students should consider the following courses in preparation for application to a veterinary school:

  • Biological Science (BIO 121, 4 hours)
  • Zoology (BIO 122, 4 hours)
  • Microbiology(BIO 212, 4 hours)
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology (BIO 220, 3 hours)
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIO 315, 4 hours)
  • Animal Development (BIO 321, 4 hours)
  • Cell Biology (BIO 331, 4 hours)
  • Immunology (BIO 342, 4 hours)
  • Biochemistry (BIO 301, 4 hours)
  • General Chemistry (CHE 113-114, 8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (CHE 231-232, 8 hours)
  • Calculus I: Differential Calculus (MAT 211, 4 hours)
  • Physics for Science and Engineering Students (PHY 213-214, 8 hours)
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