Overview of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary schools are extremely difficult to get into because there are very few schools in the country and the competition for these limited seats is fierce. There are a few out-of-state schools that accept West Virginia residents with in-state tuition and fees. Requirements are very similar to those for medical school. It may be futile to apply to vet school if you have a GPA of less than 3.5 and if you do not have good professional exam scores. Background checks are often conducted.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook: Veterinary Medicine. Also, see the American Veterinary Medical Association.


The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

Minimum Science Coursework

  • Principles of Biology I and II (BSC 120 and 121)
  • Principles of Microbiology and Lab (BSC 302 and BSC 304) or General Bacteriology (BSC 250) Note: BSC 250 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Principles of Genetics (BSC 324)
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs (CHM 211, 212, 217, and 218)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II and Organic Lab (CHM 355, 356, and 361)
  • Introductory Biochemistry (CHM 365)
  • General Physics I and II and labs (PHY 201, 202, 203 and 204)
  • Mathematics to meet prerequisite requirements for the science courses listed above

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • Social and Behavioral Science: General Psychology (PSY 201) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 200)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Recommended Coursework

  • Vertebrate Embryology (BSC 301)
  • Animal Physiology (BSC 422)
  • Principles of Cell Biology (BSC 322)
  • Building English Vocabulary through Latin and Greek (CL 200)

Professional Exams

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and the GRE Biology Subject Test. For the most current information on cost, review the MCAT web site. For the most current information, review the GRE web site.

Academic Common Market

Since there are no veterinary schools in West Virginia the Higher Education Policy Commission has established contracts with institutions to accept West Virginia students. For the most current information on which institutions, contact the Southern Regional Education Board or the West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission Academic Common Market Coordinator for details.

Links to Professional Schools

College of Science • One John Marshall Drive • Science Building 270 • Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2372