Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Course Requirements

General veterinary school course requirements include:

  • Two semesters of general biology with laboratories
  • Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratories
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry with laboratories
  • Two semesters of physics with laboratories
  • Two semesters of English
  • One year of pre-calculus trigonometry or higher
  • One semester of biochemistry
  • One semester of animal nutrition*
  • Four semesters in humanities and fine arts
  • Four semesters in history, social, and behavioral sciences
  • Two semesters additional upper level biology courses

*Can be taken as an online course

Suggested course work arrangement:

First semester

  • CHEM 1055 Principles of Chemistry I
  • MATH 1304 Calculus I
  • FYS 1004 First-Year Seminar

Second semester

  • CHEM 1065 Principles of Chemistry II
  • BIO 1206 Integrated Concepts of Biology: Organisms and Ecosystems
  • FYS 1104 First-Year Research Seminar

Third semester

  • CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I
  • BIO 1204 Integrated Concepts of Biology, Molecules and Cells

Fourth semester

  • CHEM 2165 Organic Chemistry II

Fifth semester

  • PHYS 2115 University Physics I
  • Upper level biology course

Sixth semester

  • PHYS 2125 University Physics II
  • Upper level biology course

Seventh semester

  • CHEM 3084 Biochemistry


The GRE is generally taken in the summer after third year in order to matriculate in the fall following graduation. 

The GRE tests the following subject areas:

  • Verbal Reasoning
    • Sentence completion
    • Analogies
    • Antonyms
    • Reading comprehension
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Arithmetic
    • Algebra
    • Geometry
    • Data analysis
    • Problem solving
    • Quantitative comparison
  • Analytical Writing
    • Present your perspective on an issue
    • Analyze an argument

Competitive applicants

  • Overall GPA: 3.5
  • Science GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math): 3.3
  • GRE overall score: 1129

Factors that increase competitiveness:

  • Community service/volunteer work
  • Experience in the field
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Strong communication skills


American Veterinary Medical Association
Information about the GRE

In-state schools:
Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

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