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Pre-Vet Major & Schooling Overview With
Pathways to Admission

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If you’re exploring a pre-vet major for your college career path, it’s the first step toward becoming licensed in veterinary medicine. Those who wish to pursue a pre-vet undergraduate degree dream of someday working with animals by becoming a vet, or vet tech. 

Even those who pursue and complete their pre-vet undergraduate degree but don’t wish to become a vet any longer will still have many viable career opportunities to choose from. 

Going to college for pre-vet is not a major but a professional track toward earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). This typically means majoring in Animal Sciences and requires taking many science courses including biology, zoology, genetics, biochemistry & more. 

To become a competitive applicant for vet school and candidate for a DVM you’ll want to make sure you build a  solid foundation in the biological and physical sciences overall. 


Pre-Vet Requirements

What does it take to become a vet?

First, you’ll need to complete the pre-vet requirements, resulting in a Bachelor’s Degree in a field directly related to veterinary medicine. 


These can differ depending on the specific veterinary field you wish to enter but often include:

  • Animal Sciences

  • Agricultural Science

  • Biology

  • Zoology

  • Animal Ecology

Don’t worry if you’re unsure about exactly what to major in right now. Pathways is here to help you decide which specific undergraduate pre-vet path is best for you.

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How Pathways Will Help You: Pre-Vet Advice and Admission Guidance

If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed about the pre-vet school prep and admissions, don’t worry. Pathways is here to help make your dream of becoming a vet as attainable as possible. We’re with you every step of the way. 

We will help you:​

  • Determine the best pre-vet undergraduate path for you 

  • Assist in developing college lists

  • Review admission requirements for your selected pre-vet school(s)

  • Transcript will be reviewed along with academic advising

  • Determine your application timeline and completion

  • Essay preparation

  • Assistance with letters of recommendation

  • Interview Prep (if required)

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Ginny is a warm and knowledgeable professional! As a former high school college counselor and pediatric nurse, she really understands how to relate to young adults. In addition, she knows the nuances of nearly every college and has relationships with many admissions counselors. This is a stressful time and having her navigate the path to a successful college match was invaluable. I recommend her highly.

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Talk to Pathways about starting your pre-vet major.

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