Did you know: The term veterinarian comes from the Latin world veterinae which means ‘working animals’.
Students planning on gaining admission to veterinary school must successfully combine an academic major with the specific prerequisite requirements. Most veterinary schools are not selective in your degree. A student should select the best degree for them. Factors to consider:
How efficient is the degree?
What are your passions?
What would you do if you did not become a veterinarian?
The Pre-Veterinary Pathway is a non-degree program available at Boise State University. You will not earn a degree in Pre-Veterinary*.
The states of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah (WIMU) have an agreement under which 11 seats in the Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine are guaranteed each year to qualified Idaho residents. Given that veterinary school admission is highly competitive, students should ensure they meet the entrance requirements not only for WSU but for other programs as well to increase their chances of admission.
*with the exception of those who attended Boise State before August 2018.
Pre-Health Advising Team
Erin Colburn MPA
Pre-Health Professions Advising Coordinator
College of Health Sciences Student Services and Academic Advising / Norco Building Suite 116
Consider taking the courses listed to the right in your first year
The courses listed below are meant as a guide for students to start completing the requirements to apply to Veterinarian schools in the U.S. Students should meet regularly with their academic and pre-health advisors to ensure progress.
(FW) ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I (3)* (FM) MATH 143 College Algebra (3)* (FA) Foundation of Arts (3)* (FN) BIOL 191 Biology I: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (4)* (UF) UF 100 University Foundations: Foundations of Intellectual Life (3)*
(FW) ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II (3)* (FS) PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)*
MATH 144 Precalculus II: Trigonometric Functions (2)
BIOL 192 Biology II: Introduction to the Diversity of Life (4)
Major Requirements (3)
Is a bachelor’s degree required for a Pre-Veterinary Studies pathway?
A: Yes! A bachelor’s degree is required and while subjects like Health Studies, and Biology make tying in the coursework required for any Vet school easier, it is not required that you choose one of these subjects. Hence you just need a bachelor’s degree and it can be in ANY subject. We recommend that you choose a subject you enjoy and are passionate about.
Is there an admissions test for Veterinarian School?
A: Most schools require the GRE (Graduate Records Examination)
What are other non-academic requirements for Vet School?
A: Pre-Vet students are encouraged to complete shadowing and observation hours. Make sure you know the prerequisite hours for each school you apply for. Community service, volunteer work hours, and letters of recommendation are key.
Does what I did in high school count?
Absolutely, as long as it was animal-related. Professional schools and programs love to see that students are involved in groups like FFA and 4-H as it shows them that they have been interested in animals (of all sizes) from an early age. They want to see that you have been working with animals in any way.