Pre-Veterinary Medicine program of study at East Tennessee State University prepares students for application to a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is strongly recommended for application to veterinary schools.
Careers in Veterinary medicine
Veterinarians care for the health of animals. They diagnose, treat, or research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, laboratories, and racetracks.
Veterinarians in private clinical practices use a variety of medical devices, including surgical tools and imaging equipment, to treat the injuries and illnesses of all animals.
Veterinarians often work long hours, including nights and weekends. They may also have to respond to emergencies outside of scheduled work hours. Most veterinarians work 50 or more hours a week, however, about a fifth work 40 hours. Those in private practice may work nights and weekends.
What does it take to get into Veterinary school?
GPA - 3.55
Average undergraduate GPA of students admitted to vet schools nationwide in 2017
Average GRE Score
Quantitative: 154.3 | Verbal: 154.6 | Analytical: 4.0
Suggested 2-year schedule for Pre-Veterinary medicine student
Freshman Sophomore FALL
CHEM 1110/11, BIOL 1110/11, MATH 1720/1910, ENGL 1010, PREH 1350
CHEM 2010/11, PHYS 2010/11, SPCH ELECTIVE, PSYC 1310, ELECTIVE
CHEM 1120/21, BIOL 1120/21, MATH 1530, ENGL 1020, ELECTIVE
CHEM 2020/21, PHYS 2020/21, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE
Core preparation courses
Biology (8 hours): BIOL 1110/11, BIOL 1120/21
General Chemistry (8 hours): CHEM 1110/11, CHEM 1120/21
Organic Chemistry (10 hours): CHEM 2010/11, CHEM 2020/21
Physics (8 hours): PHYS 2010/11, PHYS 2020/21
Genetics (8 hours): BIOL 3100
Cell Biology (5 hours): BIOL 3150/3151
Biochemistry* (3-6 hours): Consult with your counselor
English (6 hours): ENGL 1010, 1020
Social Sciences/Humanities (18 hours): Consult with your counselor
Additional recommended courses
Immunology (4 hours): HSCI 3540
Comparative Anatomy (4 hours) BIOL 3220
Human Physiology (4 hours): HSCI 3020
Animal Physiology (4 hours): BIOL 3260
Microbiology (4 hours): HSCI 3320/3321
Calculus (8 hours): MATH 1910, 1920
Probability and Statistics (3 hours): MATH 1530
Speech (3 hours): Consult with your counselor
*This should be an upper-division course in general cellular and comparative biochemistry. Half of a two-semester sequence will not satisfy this requirement. The biochemistry course must have been satisfactorily completed within five years of the time you wish to enter the professional program.