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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Veterinarian with pet

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?
  • Where do you feel most confident academically?

If students are deciding which major is best for them, we can help! Meet with a pre-health advisor through our College of Health Science Student Services and Academic Advising Office.

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.

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