Pre-Veterinary Medicine


Students interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine have the option of pursuing a major in any discipline along with completing specific prerequisites. Due to the significant biology requirements, most students pursue a major in this area. Veterinary medicine pre-requisites vary significantly from school to school. Students should work with the Pre-Medical Center to identify schools of interest and meet appropriate requirements. In addition to specific coursework, pre-vet students must gain significant experience with animals and shadow veterinarians. Students should participate in the local Veterinary Explorers organization. In addition to the information in this section, please check the general information at the pre-medical and pre-health section of the catalog.

Joint and Early Assurance Programs

Canisius College enjoys reserved seats for our students through a Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. Visit the Pre-Medical Center for additional information and specific course details.

Recommended Pre-Veterinary Courses

Academic admission requirements vary substantially by veterinary medical school, but usually include the following courses:


One year of English composition (ENG 111 & ENG 112, or students who entered Canisius prior to fall 2018 may use FYS 101 and ENG 101) or the Honors Program equivalent (HON 101 and an Honors Literature course).


At least one year of general biology with laboratory:

BIO 111
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
BIO 112
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II


One year of general chemistry and one year of organic chemistry with laboratories:

CHM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
CHM 227
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHM 228
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory


Students may take biochemistry in either the Biology Department (BIO 211-BIO 212) or the Chemistry Department (BCH 301-BCH 302).


One year of introductory physics with laboratory:

Select one of the following:8
Option 1:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Option 2:
General Physics for Physical Science Majors I
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
General Physics for Physical Science Majors II
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory


One semester of statistics (MAT 141 or PSY 201). Some veterinary schools require more math such as calculus (MAT 111).

Additional Pre-Veterinary Course Suggestions

Most schools require one semester of genetics (BIO 404) and many schools require one semester of microbiology (BIO 307).