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When do I need to start taking biology and chemistry?

We recommend that you take the BIOL 181, 182, and 183 and CHEM 181, 182, and 183 in your first year if you plan to complete all prerequisites in four years.

What other courses should I take my first year?

In addition to your chemistry and biology sequence, you should also take MATH 153 and BIOL 213. BIOL 213 is a pre-requisite for most 300-level biology courses. PHYS 111, 111Lab, 112 and 112Lab can be taken in your second (or later) years.

Do I need to volunteer?

Absolutely!  Volunteer and/or work experience in the field is necessary to get into veterinary school. A breadth of experience (e.g. small animal and large animal, research and animal care) is an asset. WSU (and other schools) require that a veterinarian write one of the letters of recommendation that will accompany your application.

Do I need to take an entrance exam?

You will need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) before you apply to veterinary school. This is an international standardized exam. Preparation for the exam is highly recommended. Please see the above menu for more information on the GRE.

How do I get into veterinary school?

Acceptance into veterinary schools is very competitive. For example, for the 2008 class at WSU, 98 of 1,070 applicants were accepted. Those accepted had a average GPA 3.57, an average science GPA of 3.47, and average GRE scores above the 57th percentile. If you want the best chance at getting into veterinary school, make sure you earn good grades consistently, have lots of volunteer experience, and you study for the GRE. Most students from CWU apply to WSU's excellent veterinary program. It is the only one in Washington. Preference is given to Washington residents.

When do I apply for veterinary school?

Applications for veterinary programs are typically early in the fall for admission in the fall of the following year - check the deadline for each school to which you will apply.

How else can I get connected?

There is an active pre-veterinary club at CWU that organizes activities, including educational and training opportunities in the field of veterinary medicine. Please contact the pre-veterinary advisor if you are interested in joining the club.

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