Pre-requisite Course Requirements

  • General (Inorganic) Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry with lab: 2 semesters
  • Biochemistry+: 1 semester
  • General Biology with lab (diversity, developmental, cell structure): 2 semesters
  • Genetics: 1 semester
  • Microbiology (general or medical) with lab: 1 semester
  • Physics with lab: 2 semesters
  • Statistics: 1 semester
  • Animal Nutrition: 1 semester
  • English Composition: 1 semester
  • Communication (interpersonal, persuasion, or speech): 1 semester
  • Humanities (foreign language, cognitive sciences, and social sciences): 3 semesters
  • Careers in Veterinary Medicine (if available): 1 semester

While we accept online lecture courses for our pre-requisite courses, we do not accept online labs. All labs must be completed onsite at an institution.

*Core subjects may vary as to the number of semesters required depending on the overall design and content of the core courses on a particular campus (e.g. 1 semester vs. 2 semesters.) Please consult with your undergraduate academic advisor and refer to the course descriptions on the VMCAS web site.

+This course should be a complete upper-division course; half of a 2-semester sequence will not satisfy this requirement.

Purdue pre-veterinary students should follow their undergraduate programs of study regardless of minimums indicated.

Other recommended courses: accounting; animal sciences (including nutrition); biochemistry laboratory; business; business/technical writing; chemistry; economics; embryology; immunology; leadership; personal finance.

All pre-requisites must be completed by the end of the spring semester of the year you begin the veterinary medical program. (The animal nutrition pre-requisite is the exception; you have until the start of your veterinary medical classes (mid-August) to complete this requirement.)

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