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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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Contact Information

Dustye Bailey, Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advisor

Phone: (405) 325-2457

Email: dustye@ou.edu

WebsiteVisit our advising website

Program Description

he chance to work with animals large and small draws many students to Veterinary Medicine, and OU has designed a program of study to prepare students for admission to professional doctoral training programs. Students follow a course of study similar to that of Pre-Medicine students, which combines a solid base in technical writing, mathematics, chemistry, physics, microbiology and zoology. One course, animal nutrition, is taken by correspondence through Oklahoma State University with exams provided by the Zoology Advising Office. Extra science and business electives are added into the program of study to bring students up to the 60-credit-hour-minimum that is required for admission to many programs.

Unlike many universities, OU provides a full-time adviser to guide Pre-Veterinary students through their preparatory studies, admissions examinations and the application process. The Pre-Vet Club at OU provides students with a place to network and find information about various programs and institutions.

Degree Options

While OU does not offer a Pre-Veterinary Medicine degree, the Zoology Advising Office has designed a course of study that prepares students for admission to programs at other institutions. Once admitted to a veterinary medicine program, students typically graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Since many veterinary schools are highly selective, it is recommended that students plan to complete a bachelor's degree at OU. Many students choose to major in the biological sciences or chemistry.

Most OU students interested in Pre-Veterinary Medicine go on to Veterinary School at various universities around the country before becoming practicing animal-care professionals.

Interests & Skills

A Pre-Veterinary Medicine student typically has interests in animals, medicine, biology and communication. High school preparation should include study in the biological sciences and chemistry. Prospective students are encouraged to establish contacts with practicing veterinarians to gain insight on the responsibilities of animal care. Students should also look for jobs and volunteer opportunities at animal-related organizations since this will be expected of them during their college years.

Your Future

Types of Employers

Veterinary clinics
Emergency pet-care facilities
Solo practitioners
Colleges and universities
Government agencies