Veterinarians give to patients through a caring and empathetic personality, as well as education and knowledge of all types of animals.

While animals are the patients, the owners are great sources of information and require a good connection with their veterinarian.

Key Points
  • Being "pre-Vet" is an interest in addition to your major.
  • Veterinary Medical schools accept a variety of majors and require particular courses.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, DVM

The DVM is 4 year professional degree. Students must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE).

Schools in Alabama

Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine - Auburn, AL

Recommended Course & GPA Requirements

To be a competitive applicant, a 3.5+ cumulative GPA is recommended.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

Schools look for these classes:
Hours NeededCourse NeededWhat to Take at UAH
8 hrs (w/lab) General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120
8 hrs (w/lab) General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126
6 hrs (w/lab) Organic Chemistry CH 331/335 & CH 332/336
8 hrs (w/lab) General Physics PH (101&102) or (111/114 & 112/115)
3 hrs Biochemistry BYS 361
3 hrs Cell Biology BYS 300
3 hrs Animal Nutrition Course not offered at UAH, can be taken online from Oklahoma State
6 hrs Electives Choose from:
  General Microbiology I BYS 321/321L
  Genetics BYS 219
  Immunology BYS 430
Courses positively adding to your application:
CourseWhat to Take at UAH
Anatomy & Physiology I & II BYS 313 & 314
General Microbiology I BYS 321/321L
Vertebrate Zoology BYS 317
Genetics BYS 219
Calculus MA 171
Statistics MA 281

Upper level science courses illustrate an interest in science and provide an in depth look into such subjects.

The above courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama schools. The combination of courses are guidelines, and specific requirements may differ among schools.

Entrance Exam


The GRE is the required entrance exam for professional school, which tests on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.

  • Verbal: Evaluation of written work, analysis of information obtained, and relationships among words and concepts.
  • Quantitative: Measures problem-solving skills; focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.
  • Writing: Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills; Ability to articulate and support complex ideas effectively.
Testing Centers & Preparation

The GRE is offered multiple times during the year.

The strongest way to increase your score is to take practice tests. In between each test, assess strengths and weaknesses, focus on improving weaknesses, and re-assess with another practice test. Visit the GRE website and make an appointment with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising for recommendations on preparation.

Timing and Organization

Take the exam once prepared. Many students do so in the Spring semester of the year they are planning to apply to professional school. Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with the Pre-Professional Advisor to discuss your individualized timeline.

Many programs begin to fill seats as soon as their application cycle opens. Plan ahead and apply early

Outside Class Experiences
It's More Than Just Grades

Health Care Experiences

What better way to make sure you want to be in healthcare than by shadowing? Shadowing will go a long way in not only making you a mature applicant, but making sure others see you as prepared.

Gaining a job as a kennel assistant or in animal shelters provides added benefits to an application.

Community Service

Working in healthcare means having a heart of service. This means wanting to give back to the community. Find something enjoyable and go forth!

Keeping a Journal

Use a journal to record thoughts on your experiences. Activities come to life with reflection. Topics to consider writing about may include: Why one chose their profession, shadowing, or volunteering. This journal may be helpful when writing your personal statement.


Research experience can provide you with opportunities to work with faculty, learn skills beyond the classroom, use research methods, and engage in critical analysis. Research allows a better understanding between theory and practice using innovative and creative thinking.

Getting into professional school is about desiring to be a better person and better future professional. It's a complex process and we're here to help!