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The Veterinary Career Path With
Pathways to Admission

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If you’re thinking about beginning a veterinary medicine career path, you’ll first need to complete your pre-vet requirements.

Once you’ve completed a four degree in Animal Sciences or another relevant Bachelor’s program, you’re ready to begin the next step toward your Veterinary Career—Vet School.


Getting Into Vet School 

As part of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) application process, you’ll want to:

  1. Ensure you document and emphasize any and all relevant experience you have working with animals.

  2. Complete necessary tests, depending on the program of your choice, such as the GRE® or CASPer™.

  3. Determine your application deadlines and craft your personal essay

  4. Obtain necessary letters of recommendation, with plenty of time to spare to ensure you make your application deadline.

Once you have these four core components completed, you’ll be on your way to a complete DVM application to the accredited college of veterinary medicine (CVM) of your choice.

There are currently a total of 32 accredited CVMs to choose from in the U.S..

Preparing for & Passing the NAVLE

Once your graduate DVM program is complete, the final step toward officially becoming a vet is passing the NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licensing Examination).

Scores for the NAVLE exam are expressed on a scale of 200-800. Students are required to obtain at least a score of 425 to successfully pass the exam.

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How Pathways Will Help You With
Vet School Applications & More

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry. Pathways is here to help make the next step toward your Veterinary Medicine career easy to navigate. 

We will help you:​

  • Review requirements for DVM programs

  • Transcript will be reviewed along with academic advising

  • Determine application timeline and completion

  • Essay preparation

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Interview Prep (if required)

  • What is nursing?
    According to the American Nurses Association: “Nursing is the glue that holds a patient’s health care journey together. Across the entire patient experience, and wherever there is someone in need of care, nurses work tirelessly to identify and protect the needs of the individual. Beyond the time-honored reputation for compassion and dedication lies a highly specialized profession, which is constantly evolving to address the needs of society. From ensuring the most accurate diagnoses to the ongoing education of the public about critical health issues; nurses are indispensable in safeguarding public health. Nursing can be described as both an art and a science; a heart and a mind. At its heart, lies a fundamental respect for human dignity and an intuition for a patient’s needs. This is supported by the mind, in the form of rigorous core learning. Due to the vast range of specialisms and complex skills in the nursing profession, each nurse will have specific strengths, passions, and expertise. However, nursing has a unifying ethos: In assessing a patient, nurses do not just consider test results. Through the critical thinking exemplified in the nursing process, nurses use their judgment to integrate objective data with subjective experience of a patient’s biological, physical and behavioral needs. This ensures that every patient, from city hospital to community health center; state prison to summer camp, receives the best possible care regardless of who they are, or where they may be.”
  • What does a BSN nurse do?
    A BSN nurse is a registered nurse who has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. BSN nurses provide direct patient care in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. They work with physicians to assess patient health, diagnose illnesses, and develop treatment plans. BSN nurses also provide education and support to patients and their families, and assist in the management of care for individual patients.
  • Is there a difference between a BSN and RN?
    A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree program that prepares students to become a registered nurse (RN). An RN has completed either a two-year associate degree program or a three-year diploma program. The BSN degree provides a broader foundation of knowledge, which includes courses in leadership, research, and public health. BSN programs also offer more clinical opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience.
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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 veterinary major.

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