Veterinary Medicine

Admission to veterinary schools is extremely competitive due to the low number of veterinary programs and high number of applicants. 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. 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.
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BSC 310)
  • 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)

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.