Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Introduction

Students interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine may pursue any major along with completing specific prerequisites. Due to the significant biology requirements, most students pursue a major in this field. Veterinary medicine prerequisites vary significantly from school to school. Students should work with the Pre-Health Advisor 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 as part of their co-curricular experiences. Many schools require a competitive score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). 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 maintaints a Memorandum of Understanding with Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph that includes reserved seats at the professional school for Canisius students. Students apply as part of their overall application process to veterinary school, typically after junior year. Visit the Pre-Medical Center for additional information and specific course details.

Recommended Pre-Veterinary Courses

Academic admission requirements vary by school, but usually include the following courses. Students should check current prerequisite courses for schools of interest using their individual websites and resources provided by the American Association of Veterinary Colleges.

English

One year of English composition or the Honors Program equivalent:

Select one of the following:
Option 1:
ENG 111Academic Writing3
ENG 112Writing about Literature3
Option 2:
HON 101Honors English3
and an Honors Literature course3

Biology

At least one year of general biology with laboratory is required by all schools. Many schools also require genetics and microbiology. Note that Ontario Veterinary College requires Genetics:

BIO 111
111L
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
4
BIO 112
112L
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II
4
BIO 307
307L
Microbiology
and Microbiology Laboratory
4
BIO 404
404L
Genetics
and Genetics Laboratory
4

Chemistry

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

CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHM 227
227L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHM 228
228L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
1

Students may take CHM 109, CHM 110, and CHM 111L to fulfill this requirement.

Biochemistry

Students should check with individual schools for details regarding specific biochemistry requirements, including number of credits and lab requirements. Students may take biochemistry in either the Biology Department (BIO 211-BIO 212) or the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department (BCH 301). Note that BIO 211-BIO 212 meet both the biochemistry and cell biology requirements for Ontario Veterinary College at Guelph. Some schools require biochemistry to have an organic chemistry prerequisite. Students taking BIO 211-BIO 212 may take BIO 430 to satisfy this requirement. BCH 301-BCH 302 meet this requirement.

Select one of the following:
Option 1:
BIO 211
BIO 212L
Biochemistry and Cell Biology I
and Biochemistry and Cell Biology Lab II
4
BIO 212
212L
Biochemistry and Cell Biology II
and Biochemistry and Cell Biology Lab II
4
Option 2:
BCH 301
301L
Introduction to Biochemistry
and Introduction to Biochemistry Laboratory
4
BCH 302Cellular Biochemistry3
Students may also take only BCH 301-BCH 301L to meet requirements, depending on the school. BCH 302 is very good to have but may not be required, depending on the school.

Physics

One year of introductory physics with laboratory. A student's major may dictate the option they should select:

Select one of the following:
Option 1:
PHY 201
201L
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
4
PHY 202
202L
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
4
Option 2:
PHY 223
223L
General Physics for Physical Science Majors I
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
4
PHY 224
224L
General Physics for Physical Science Majors II
and General Physics for Physical Science Majors I Laboratory
4

Mathematics

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

Calculus
MAT 111Calculus I 14
Statistics
MAT 141Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science4 or 3
or PSY 102 Introduction to Psychology II
1

Students may take MAT 109, MAT 110 to fulfill this requirement.

ADDITIONAL PRE-VET COURSES

Some schools require additional coursework. Please check with the Pre-Health Advisor for assistance selecting courses. The AAVMC Prerequisite Chart is a useful resource. It is important to refer to each individual school's website for the most up-to-date information.

Elective Courses

HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.

HRP 111 introduces students to medical terminology.

HRP 201 and HRP 202 allow students to explore areas of medicine in more depth.

HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics. A medical scribe internship is also available.

HRP 498A is a medical, dental, and veterinary medical mission trip.