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Preveterinary Medicine

Preveterinary medicine is a career interest rather than a major or formal program. Students prepare by taking courses to meet veterinary school admission requirements, studying to earn mostly A’s and B’s, and shadowing or working in veterinary practices. They take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and apply for admission to veterinary schools, usually in the summer between the junior and senior year. Most people complete an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and major before entering veterinary school.

Veterinary schooling is 4 years of graduate-level, professional education and training. The only veterinary school in Kansas is the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine requires expository writing I and II (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102), public speaking (COMS 130), chemistry I and II with lab (CHEM 184 and CHEM 188), organic chemistry with lab (CHEM 622 and CHEM 625), general biochemistry with lab (BIOL 600 and BIOL 637), physics I and II with lab (PHSX 114 and PHSX 115), biology with lab (BIOL 150), microbiology with lab (BIOL 400 and BIOL 402), genetics (BIOL 350), 12 credit hours of social sciences and/or humanities, and enough electives to reach a total of 64 credit hours.

For more information, visit the website. Call 785-864-3500 to schedule an orientation or application meeting with the premedical adviser.

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