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(Pre-) Veterinary Medicine

Taking the first steps toward becoming a veterinarian.

This program prepares you for the next steps in a journey to an exciting and fulfilling career as a veterinarian.  You will gain the basic knowledge and skills needed by veterinary students to master all of the fascinating aspects of the medical care of animals.  Students in the pre-veterinary program complete coursework that will qualify them to compete successfully for admission to a college of veterinary medicine. 

As a veterinarian, you will use your knowledge of science and problem-solving skills to directly help animals, ensure a wholesome and safe food supply, and help protect public and environmental health.  Veterinarians have a broad set of skills that make them valuable in clinical, research, educational, and government settings. 

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are interested in medical fields
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Enjoy biology and other sciences
  • Like to work with livestock and pets

Internship Opportunities

  • Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at SDSU (ADRDL)
  • Area veterinary clinics and hospitals
  • On-campus laboratory research with professors
  • Area animal research companies
  • SDSU Animal Units (dairy, cow-calf, horse, etc.)

Suggested Majors

  • Animal Science (B.S.) - Science Specialization
  • Biology (B.S.)
  • Biotechnology (B.S.)
  • Dairy Production (B.S.)
  • Microbiology (B.S.)
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Animal Health

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
  • University of Missouri- Columbia (Columbia, MO)
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Many others

Clubs and Organizations

  • Pre-Veterinary Club
  • Block and Bridle
  • Collegiate 4-H
  • Horse Club
  • Swine Club

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.