Pre-Veterinary Medicine (Pre-Vet)
Description of the Pre-Vet Program
The Pre-Veterinary program is not a major, but rather an area of interest. Declaring your interest in the pre-veterinary area means you are choosing an academic path that will culminate in applying to a veterinary medicine program. A solid and broad undergraduate experience is a crucial foundation for the successful completion of the typical veterinary curriculum you will be facing in professional school.
Most students earn a bachelor's degree, and then apply to a four-year professional program in veterinary medicine. While only three years of pre-professional study are required, you will be much better prepared for entrance exams and professional study after a full four years of college study. You can choose any major you like - just be sure to fulfill the core requirements for admission to veterinary professional schools.
WSU in particular offers additional pathways toward veterinary medicine for high achieving students. For example, the Honors College and College of Veterinary Medicine offer an honors veterinary medicine program. Successful completion of this joint program takes seven years and results in the attainment of a BA/BS and DVM. A similar seven year program is offered by the Department of Animal Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, in which successful completion results in a BS in animal sciences and a DVM.
Benefits Offered by PHASE to the Pre-Vet Student
Pre-Vet students are assigned a dedicated professional advisor within the Pre-Health Advising and STEM Education (PHASE) office. They also have access to many opportunities to build their portfolio for professional school, including practice interviews and personal assistance with applications. The faculty and staff in PHASE are excited to help all Pre-Vet students achieve their academic and career goals.