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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

As a veterinarian, you’ll care for animals, large or small, to help keep them healthy and happy.

WHY STUDY PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE?

Your first step to becoming a veterinarian is to get a bachelor’s degree. Most students major in biology, which will give you the opportunity to get many hands-on experiences as well as work closely with professors who are passionate teachers and professional scientists.

Getting veterinary-related experience is extremely important, and you’ll get many opportunities to get that hands-on experience. You can get internship credit by shadowing veterinarians at veterinary clinics, farms, zoos, wildlife parks or ranches. You also can intern at conservation-oriented agencies, state parks and other organizations, and volunteer at the local SPCA. You may also take summer field courses at Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology on topics such as wildlife biology and reptiles and amphibians.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

You’ll learn the full range of biological topics from DNA and cells to whole animals and ecosystems. You learn how animals function and interact as well as the illnesses and diseases that can afflict them. Our strong curriculum is designed to prepare you for the rigors of veterinary school.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN PRE-VETERINARY MEDICINE?

All of these experiences as well as your coursework will prepare you for veterinary school. Also, our Pre-Health Professions Committee works with students applying to veterinary school, including giving them tips after conducting mock interviews.

Employers:

  • Private practice
  • Zoos
  • Animal shelters
  • Private or corporate clinics
  • Public health services
  • Wildlife protection services

UNIQUE PROGRAM FEATURES

 

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Distinction one:

You’ll have the ability to minor or collaborate with other programs, including exercise science, environmental studies and chemistry.

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Distinction two:

We are a member of the Regional Science Consortium at Presque Isle in Erie, PA, which enables students to participate in the consortium’s research projects, interesting and relevant class field trips, and internships.

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I was prepared for vet school, and I think a lot of my experiences at Pitt-Bradford helped me get there. Dr. Jennifer Miller ’02, emergency room veterinarian at Dayton (Ohio) CARE Center