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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

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.