Pre-Veterinary

Most veterinarians work with pets—mainly dogs, cats, and birds.  Some veterinarians, however, treat farm, zoo, or circus animals. 

Veterinarians diagnose medical problems, dress wounds, and set broken bones.  They also perform surgery, prescribe medicines, and vaccinate animals against disease.  Vets counsel owners about the care and feeding of animals and advise large animal owners about breeding.  Livestock inspectors even test for disease and advise owners on special treatments.

If this is a career field that interests you, now is the time to select a school that will help you lay a strong foundation for post-graduate study.  It’s a very competitive market, so your choice must provide every possible advantage.

The VU Advantage

  • Classes are usually less than 35 students, which translates into easier access to your instructor and lab equipment.
  • A philosophy based on teaching instead of research means that you will always find a qualified faculty member conducting the lab sections, not an assistant instructor.
  • A study skills lab, computer lab, free tutoring.
  • A personalized approach to teaching that gives you a better opportunity to master the fundamental science principles so you can be successful through your post-VU classes.

The Next Step

Most graduates of VU’s Pre-Veterinary program transfer to Purdue University.  Many others, however, transfer successfully to other four-year institutions, including the University of Illinois.

Learn more about the courses required for this program

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