Program IN Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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Personal Academic Advising to Prepare You for a Career in Veterinary Medicine

To be successful in a career in veterinary medicine, you need to care about both people and animals and connect with them on a personal level. Strong classes in STEM--science, technology, engineering, and math--combined with a liberal arts education best prepare our students for a successful career in a health care profession, such as veterinary medicine. We invite you to explore how we can share your journey and prepare you for a successful career in health care.

How will the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program at Queens prepare me? 

At Queens, you will get a personal academic advisor who will guide you throughout your time at Queens. They will ensure you take all the classes you need to in order to fulfill your pre-veterinary medicine requirements, regardless of what major you take. That matters because you can take any major at Queens along with your concentration in pre-veterinary medicine.

You study what you want, whether it’s because you find it the most interesting or if it’s because you think it will best prepare you for your career. The liberal arts education Queens offers guarantees you will be well-rounded enough to succeed in your profession. International travel and internship opportunities that Queens provides completes an experience that can't be replicated elsewhere.

Required Courses

Standardized Exam required for admission: Be sure to check schools of interest for the standardized test requirement. 

Typically the GRE is required and some schools accept a GRE or MCAT score.

Resource for national standards: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations
BIO 303 Foundations in Genetics
BIO 330 Microbiology
BIO 324 Animal Nutrition
CHM 111, 111L Chemical Principles I & Lab
CHM 112, 112L Chemical Principles II & Lab
CHM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
CHM 401 Biochemistry (with or without CHM 401L lab)
Check particular programs to see if lab is recommended
ENV 225 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences or other statistics class
MAT 210 Single Variable Calculus I (note that this course must be pre-req or co-req for PHY 211)
*Note that math requirements vary for programs which may require 1-2 math courses and may or may not require calculus. 
One year of physics is required and student must complete one of the following sequences:
PHY 201 College Physics I and PHY 202 College Physics II
PHY 211 University Physics I and PHY 212 University Physics II
Your physics sequence may be dependent on the requirements for your major.

Total: 52 Hrs

Recommended Courses

Math and Related Courses:

Additional math courses may not be needed if the student has taken calculus for physics courses.  Be sure to check programs as calculus may not be required and logic may be listed as an option instead of calculus. 
MAT 140 Precalculus (may be needed in preparation for calculus if required for program)
PHL 210 Introductory Logic

Natural Science Courses:

BIO 311 Animal Evolution
BIO 321 Animal Behavior
BIO 331 Cell Biology
BIO 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Business Courses:

Consider a course in business, accounting or economics if you may want to start your own/join a private practice in the future.
ACC 207 Financial Accounting
BUS 218 Communications in Business
ECO 203 Macroeconomics


Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States.

Contact us:

Dr. Patricia Koplas, PhD, PT 
Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor


Note: Veterinary medicine programs typically vary for their requirements. Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from the 2015-2016 Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website and listings for veterinary medical schools in the United States.

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