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Pre-Veterinarian Students

Preparing for Veterinarian School

Requirements for Admission

  1. A high GPA overall and in pre-requisite science courses which include:
    One year of college biology with laboratory
    One year of physics with laboratory
    One year of general chemistry with laboratory
    One semester of Microbiology with lab
    One semester of statistics
    One year of organic chemistry with labs OR
    One semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
  2. Generally the GRE is required
  3. Extensive experience in a veterinary hospital or office. A variety of experiences is preferred

Most Pre-veterinarian students major in biology or biochemistry. The BS in Pre-medical Studies would also be appropriate for Pre-Veterinarian students.

Academic Programs for Pre-Medical Students
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • BS in Premedical Studies

Planning Your Prerequisite Course Schedule

If you wish to matriculate at a veterinary school directly after graduation from Hofstra University, you must be ready to submit your applications immediately following junior year. We propose the timetable listed below regarding the completion of academic program requirements and preparation of your application. If you have any questions about the outline below, please contact your Advisement dean.

| Freshman | Sophomore | Junior | Senior |

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall
WSC 001 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 003 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 012 (4 c.r.)
Spring
WSC 002 (3 c.r.)
Chemistry 004 A & B (4 c.r.)
Biology 011 (4 c.r.)

During your freshmen year make sure that you:

  • Attend orientation session prior to first semester attendance at Hofstra.
  • Register with the advisement office and begin collecting recommendations for your pre-health file.
  • Join APHOS and the Health Professions Scholars Program to meet students with similar interests and goals and to hear guest lecturers from the health professions. Contact your Advisement Dean for more information.
  • Participate in summer paid or volunteer work in health-related field.
  • Attend summer school if necessary.

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall
*Math 50 or 71 (4 c.r.)
Chemistry 135 and 137 (4 c.r.)
Spring
*Math 71 or 72 (4 c.r.)
BCHM 162 (3 c.r.)

During your sophomore year make sure that you:

  • Continue to maintain high academic standing.
  • Declare a major.
  • Volunteer at a local veterinary hospital or office
  • Continue to collect faculty recommendation forms.
  • Continue to meet with your Advisement Dean and Pre-Health Advisor.
  • Investigate special summer opportunities.
*Math level dependent on previous coursework and ability. Generally, only one semester of calculus is suggested for students wishing to enter medical school. However, requirements may vary depending on student's major and career choice. For example, physician assistant & physical therapist programs also require statistics.

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall
Physics 11A & 11B (5 c.r.) or
Physics 1A & 1B (4 c.r.)
Spring
Physics 12A & 12B (5 c.r.) or
Physics 2A & 2B (4 c.r.)

During your junior year make sure that you:

  • Do research and/or get experience if you have not already done so.
  • Complete the Application for the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee.
  • Hand out the rest of the faculty recommendation forms.
  • See Pre-Health Advisor and Academic Dean regularly.
  • Start writing for admission applications/brochures from non-AMCAS participating schools.
  • Investigate:
  • Select the schools you should apply to.
  • Make sure all your recommendations and supporting information is in your Advisement Pre-Health File.
  • Schedule and prepare for Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee interview
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Summer

  • Check accuracy of Hofstra and all other transcripts that are being sent to AMCAS.
  • Have ALL transcripts sent to AMCAS or other application service early.
  • Fill out AMCAS or other applications and don't forget personal comments section! It is important! This is your chance to let the schools get to know you as a person. Mail it in early June
  • Sit before the PreHealth Advisory Committee if not already done so.

SENIOR YEAR

  • Finish all requirements for graduation and prerequisites for admission to professional school.
  • Take appropriate admissions test, if necessary.
  • Complete supplementary applications as soon as possible after they are received.
  • Prepare and practice for interviews.
  • Keep your Pre-Health Advisor informed about interviews, acceptances, and rejections so we can better advise others.
  • Develop an alternative plan of action (i.e. If you are planning to reapply, how can you improve your academic record or career path?) Contact admission offices and ask them how you can improve on your portfolio.
  • Obtain income tax information from you and your parents. Apply for all forms of financial aid even before you have an acceptance. File FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st.
  • Make decisions regarding which professional school you will be attending if you gain multiple acceptances.
  • Notify school that you will not be attending immediately.
  • Admission Process
  • Standardized Testing Preparation and Process

The GRE is the standardized exam required by most US veterinary schools  Most programs require only the general test, which is tailored to your performance level and provides precise information about your abilities using fewer test questions than traditional paper-based tests. The test measures verbal, quantitative and analytical reasoning skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not necessarily related to any particular field. A few require the Writing assessment, which measures your proficiency in critical reasoning and writing. Additionally, a few veterinary schools require a subject test, which measures your achievement in specific subject areas and assume undergraduates have extensive background in those disciplines. Check the requirements for the schools to which you wish to apply.

  • Centralized Application Services
  • Personal Statement or Essay
  • Letters of Evaluation
  • The Interview
  • Financing Verterinary School

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