Animals, like humans, need medical treatment and disease prevention. If you’re interested in healthcare for animals, take a look at UND’s Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program that prepares you for veterinary school. Start with a degree in biology to help complete the prerequisite coursework for veterinary school, and get a head start on your medical career.
Pre-veterinary medicine is not a major, but a recommended curriculum that you will follow with the help of an academic advisor within the UND College of Arts & Sciences. An undergraduate major in biology is recommended, and we’ll make sure it satisfies the prerequisite classes required by veterinary schools. A few required classes are:
- Chemistry/Organic Chemistry
- English Composition
- Animal Anatomy
- Animal Physiology
- Cell Biology
- College Algebra
With steep veterinary school requirements for field experience, it’s recommended that you take advantage of all opportunities available to you in terms of internships and experiential learning opportunities. Veterinary medical schools require that students obtain thousands of hours of firsthand exposure to the veterinary profession by shadowing, volunteering or through internships in vet offices and clinics, humane societies and other animal care facilities.
Veterinarians typically work in private clinics or hospitals, but some travel to farms, work in laboratories or classrooms, or work for the government. The demand for veterinarians is expected to grow, so you can expect a strong career in the field.
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