Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in animals and along with this, it also deals with animal rearing, husbandry, breeding, research on nutrition and product development.

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.

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.

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