Why Study Pre-Veterinary Medicine?

Major | Animal Science | CAFES/​CAS

Do you want to become a veterinarian someday? Our Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is designed to help you meet the requirements for admission into a school or college of veterinary medicine. Most pre-vet students are animal science, dairy science, biology or chemistry majors, as many courses in those majors overlap with pre-vet program requirements. Other majors, however, are also possible.

Program Details

Students have the greatest chance of acceptance into a veterinary school in the state in which they reside. For most UWRF students these schools are the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Our recommended curriculum exceeds the minimum requirements for admission into several Midwestern veterinary schools. Based on the experience of our many successful pre-vet students, we recommend that students complete the full degree program in order to be better prepared for veterinary school. 

A bachelor's degree is not required to be accepted into veterinary school as long as the prerequisite courses have been completed. The 3+1 program is designed for pre-vet students who are accepted into veterinary school prior to completing their bachelor's degree in animal science or dairy science. Students who have completed at least three years at UWRF - after successful completion of their first year of veterinary school - may obtain an animal science or dairy science degree from UWRF.


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My major has been an amazing experience. I've really enjoyed working with the animals out at both of our lab farms. I have been able to not only excel in my classes, but also get involved in research and an internship training assistance dogs. I have really enjoyed getting to know my professors. Additionally, the small class sizes create an accepting learning environment where I could get all my questions answered.
Jennifer Fischer

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

cafes@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3535

cas@uwrf.edu // 715-425-3777

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Area of Study:

Animal Science

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand scientific disciplines related to animals including nutrition, genetics, anatomy, physiology, behavior, welfare and metabolism.
  • Manage various animals, including livestock, horses, dogs and other species. 

Types of Courses

  • Animal Health
  • Biometrics
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Companion Animals
  • Domestic Animal Nutrition
  • Foundations of Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Pets in Society
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