Pre-Veterinary MedicineCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

If you want to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), you should begin as a Pre-Veterinary Medicine major, or “Pre-Vet” for short.

As a pre-vet student, you’ll work one-on-one with an advisor who specializes in advising students wishing to go to vet school. That advisor can also provide you with ideas for gaining relevant experience and developing personal qualities to help you be successful.

In fact, the Nebraska pre-vet major can help you prepare for admission to any veterinary school that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).

The specific classes you need to take for your pre-vet program are specified by the specific veterinary schools to which you intend to apply.   However, there is no Bachelor’s degree in “pre-vet.” Since most students will complete a Bachelor’s degree before entering veterinary school, your pre-vet advisor will work with you to determine what Bachelor’s degree program will be best for your interests, talents and career goals.

Once you and your pre-vet advisor select your degree program, you will then have two majors and two academic advisors: one in your chosen degree program, and one in the pre-vet program. Each advisor is an expert in his/her field; one who knows what it takes to get into vet school and another who knows what you need to get your Bachelor’s degree. You’ll have the best of both worlds!

Career Opportunities

The Pre-Vet program prepares you academically to get into and to complete veterinary school.  Once you become a graduate veterinarian, you can choose to work with large animals, small animals, or other specialized animal populations.   As a veterinarian you might work for a college or university, for a corporation, for the federal or state government, or you might want to be your own boss and have your own veterinary practice.

The NEBRASKA difference

At NEBRASKA you will have the opportunity for extraordinary academic experiences. Learn from veterinary medicine faculty who teach undergraduate courses, something that is very rare at colleges and universities across the U.S.   Participate in undergraduate research as part of the UCARE project (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences). Imagine the possibilities if you have actually worked with a faculty member on your own research and you apply to a professional school that holds that experience in high regard!

Did you know that veterinary school admissions committees consider more than just your grade point average? Most also consider your leadership skills and experience you’ve had while you completed your undergraduate degree.   At NEBRASKA, you’ll have unsurpassed opportunities to build your leadership skills, gain relevant experience, and hone your communication skills, including writing and interviewing. With resources like the Center for Civic Engagement, the Writing Center, the Dean’s Scholars in Experiential Leadership (DSEL) and more than 400 student organizations from which to choose, you can refine your skills.

With all the resources available to you through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, you can become a highly-qualified candidate for veterinary school, an accomplished veterinary student, and a successful veterinarian.