Resources for Biology Pre-Veterinary Medical Students
- Suggested science courses for biology pre-vet students who begin their college career at the University of North Georgia.
- Veterinary schools require letters of recommendation. Three letters are adequate. One of these should be from a veterinarian you have spent a good deal of time with so that he can comment on your understanding of the profession.
- The most important resource for pre-veterinary medical students is the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) website. This is where you go to find out about applying to veterinary school.
- You must prepare to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test). Information can be found at the GRE website.
Prospective Pre-Veterinary Biology Students
I want to be a pre-vet major!
There is no such thing as a pre-vet major. Pre-vet students commonly major in biology, but may choose any major they wish.
What does the phrase "pre-vet program" mean?
We prefer the phrase "academic advisement area." We offer focused advisement for students interested in certain career paths. Pre-vet biology students are assigned an advisor who advises mostly or only pre-vet biology students.
If pre-vet is not a major, then what does it mean to be a pre-vet biology student?
It means you must plan your college career with three things in mind:
- You must meet Biology degree requirements to earn the degree and graduate. Current degree requirements are found in the UNG Undergraduate Bulletin.
- You must meet entrance requirements for veterinary school. This means taking a few courses in addition to those required to earn the biology degree. For example, most veterinary schools require biochemistry for admission into their programs.
- You must take certain courses at the right time to be prepared for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students usually take the GRE during the spring semester of their third year.
What percentage of UNG applicants are accepted into veterinary school?
Students that prepare themselves sufficiently, take the application process seriously, and are the most capable of succeeding as veterinarians are almost always accepted. Our strength is in helping those students reach their full potential, by providing excellent instruction through a faculty dedicated to teaching. When institutions advertise high acceptance rates, look closely at how they word their statements. They may give a percentage of students who do this or qualify for that--they are excluding weak students from their statistics.
Where can I learn more?
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website is an excellent resource for additional information.
Biology Pre-Vet Advisors:
Dr. Jessica Gomolak
Ms. Margi Flood