Pre-Professional Interest Area Information
Admission to colleges of veterinary medicine (CVM) is both competitive and selective. A solid foundation in the sciences is basic to success in the veterinary profession, as are less tangible skills gained during Pre-Veterinary Medicine preparation, such as effective leadership and teamwork skills, time management, and priority setting. Scholastic performance in science prerequisite coursework, scores on aptitude tests such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and achievement in campus and community activities are all used in the selection process for admission to a CVM. During the Pre-Veterinary preparatory period, animal health and veterinary experiences are important to the Pre-Veterinary Medicine student and highly valued by CVM admission committees. This experience can be gained by volunteering or working at veterinary practices throughout the region, or through available part-time employment at the SDSU Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory or elsewhere on campus.
SDSU also offers an academic Animal Health Minor designed to benefit Pre-Veterinary Medicine program students by encouraging them to complete electives in biomedical sciences and infectious disease while here at SDSU. These courses foreshadow much of the professional curriculum at any CVM. By making at least some areas of study easier at the professional school level, the student’s eventual success in that curriculum, and as veterinarians, can be enhanced.