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Veterinary Medicine

Admission to veterinary school is extremely competitive. Students must have an outstanding background in the sciences and extensive shadowing or part-time employment in the field. Visit the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges for more information.

Pre-vet Five Year Action Plan

This action plan listed can be used either for a four or five-year program at Drexel. If you are in a four-year program, collapse the advice from pre-junior and junior into one year.

Freshman

  • Focus on adjusting to college courses by developing time management and efficient study skills
  • in order to earn solid grades. A strong GPA in the first year is very important.
  • Meet with the Prehealth advisor to develop a long term strategy.
  • Review web sites related to careers in veterinary medicine.

Sophomore

  • Continue to earn a solid GPA.
  • Work with your co-op coordinator to obtain a co-op position related to veterinary medicine.
  • Keep a journal of your experiences on co-op.
  • Start to volunteer at a local animal shelter, veterinarian office or clinic and keep a journal of
  • your experiences. Be sure to reflect on how these experiences affected you on a personal level.
  • Investigate possible on-campus research opportunities.

Pre-Junior

  • Continue to earn a solid GPA.
  • Work with your co-op coordinator to obtain a co-op position related to veterinary medicine.
  • Keep a journal of your experiences on co-op.
  • Continue to volunteer at local animal shelter, veterinarian office or clinic and keep a journal of
  • your experiences. Be sure to reflect on how these experiences affected you on a personal level.
  • Start to participate in an on-campus research project.
  • Take a diagnostic Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  • Develop a list of potential vet schools based on your academic profile and personal preferences.

Junior

  • Continue to earn a solid GPA.
  • Work with your co-op coordinator to obtain a co-op position related to veterinary medicine.
  • Keep a journal of your experiences on co-op.
  • Continue to volunteer at a local animal shelter, veterinarian office or clinic and keep a journal of
  • your experiences. Be sure to reflect on how these experiences affected you on a personal level.
  • Continue to participate in an on-campus research project.
  • Complete interviews with members of the University Health Professions Committee
  • Prepare to take the GRE no later than spring of this year.
  • Meet on a regular basis with the Prehealth advisor.
  • File the national application (VMCAS) no later than June.
  • Complete secondary applications by the end of August.

Senior

  • Prepare for interviews with vet schools.
  • Conduct a mock interview with the Prehealth advisor.
  • Review financial aid information.
  • Monitor all applications closely.

Resources

www.aavmc.org

Printed Resources - Hagerty Library

Guide to American Veterinary Schools