Preparation in Undergraduate College
The minimum required courses must be completed
by the end of the Spring semester (spring quarter) of the
year for which admission is sought. Very few students are
accepted with only minimum requirements. Grades for required
courses must be received by MU College of Veterinary Medicine,
Office of Academic Affairs, by July 1.
Selection of Colleges
The Admissions Committee accepts credit
and grades from any U.S. accredited institution of higher
learning. To ensure proper counseling and support, it is advised
that undergraduate work be acquired at an institution with
an active pre-veterinary medical club.
Students enrolled in the University of
Missouri are not given preference when applying for
admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine unless they
are participants of the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Scholars or AgScholars
Since some students interested in becoming
veterinarians are not accepted into veterinary medical college,
students should emphasize a bachelor’s degree program
rather than pre-veterinary medical studies. A student should
enroll in the school/college offering the degree major selected
as a career alternative to veterinary medicine.
Type and Sequence of Undergraduate
Students should be guided by the requirements
of their degree majors and our pre-veterinary requirements.
Catalogs and bulletins usually provide good direction, particularly
with regard to required courses in the major. Students should
consult their advisors about supporting courses and electives
that will strengthen their majors.
Only two courses being used to fulfill course pre-requisites may be pending completion in the spring/winter semester prior to matriculation. Final transcripts with grades for all course pre-requisites must be received no later than July 1 of the matriculation year.
The following courses and credit
hours must be taken in residence at a regionally accredited institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to qualify for admission to the College
of Veterinary Medicine.
|Composition or Courses in
Communication Skills such as Speech or Technical Writing
More Advanced Mathematics
(Requires Organic Chemistry Prerequisite)
and/or Humanistic Studies
Total Semester Credit Hours
* Multiply quarter credits by 0.67 to convert
to semester credits.
** 5 hours in only the first of a companion series in physics
will not suffice.
Students should take in-depth courses
in these areas
A- Inorganic chemistry courses that prepare
them for organic chemistry and, finally, biochemistry;
B- Biology Department courses that may
be selected from zoology and botany or as required in foundation
courses for a biology major.
NOTE: Whenever there is doubt as to whether
a course will fulfill the requirements to apply, the applicant
should contact the Admissions Advisor, MU College of Veterinary
Medicine, as soon as possible. If the course is acceptable,
the applicant is advised to include a copy of the Associate
Dean’s response letter with the completed application
The faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine strongly encourage applicants to include as many of the following courses as possible among their electives. We have found that anatomy and physiology are especially challenging for students lacking a background in those subjects.
- Animal Nutrition
- Animal Reproduction
- Animal Husbandry
- Business or Accounting
- Cell Biology
- Any Biomed 1000-4000 level course
Courses That Are Not Accepted
as Meeting Intended Requirements
Actual course selection should be rigorous
and demanding. The student who has difficulty in the professional
curriculum is usually one who has never been previously challenged
academically. Rudimentary courses in science, usually described
as “not for science majors” are unacceptable for
the required courses to apply for admission. Animal Science
courses do not qualify toward the 10 credit hours necessary
in biological sciences except for those which are cross listed
in both departments or an equivalent arrangement as determined
by the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Problems, topics, research,
seminars or readings courses are not accepted
for admission purposes. No more than two on-line/distance learning courses accepted for admission purposes during an academic year.
College course credits acquired outside
the United States are accepted for admission purposes only
if they are credited with grades and semester credit hours
on a transcript from a college or university in the United
Courses taken on the P/F or S/U grading
system are not counted for admission to the College of Veterinary
Medicine. If a grade below a D is made in a required course,
the course must be repeated.
Students may use credit by examination
to substitute for pre-veterinary requirements only if their
institution accepts those credits in lieu of a specific required
course. Credit by examination must be given on a U.S. college transcript.
Courses taken to meet requirements for
a two year technical degree such as veterinary technology or
practical nursing are included in the cumulative GPA calculations.
However, restricted enrollment two year technical degree courses
are not accepted to meet minimum course requirements nor included
in the last three semesters’ GPA or average course load.
Time Required in Undergraduate
Students accepted into the College of Veterinary
Medicine have usually completed an average of 120 semester
hours - 60 hours more than the minimum number required for
Requirement for Observation of
Applicants are required to spend a minimum
of 40 hours observing one or more veterinarians actively engaged
in their normal work environment. Observation must be as a
third person, not as a client. (i.e., small or large animal
practice, public health, laboratory animal medicine or research).
The veterinarians observed by the applicant should be among
the four invited external reviewers and can not be a relative by birth or marriage.
The Admissions Committee feels
that applicants should:
a. have experience working with a variety of animal species;
b. be familiar with the veterinary medical profession;
c. be community minded and have demonstrated leadership abilities;
d. be an effective communicator;
e. have developed time and stress management skills;
f. be sincerely motivated; and
g. have realistically evaluated their plans for financing
their education since demands of the professional curriculum
usually preclude part-time employment during school sessions.
Shortages of veterinarians are not evenly
distributed within the profession. However, the Committee
does not select students by the type of work they say they
wish to do as veterinarians. Interests of students frequently
change during their four years of professional studies.
Approximately 75 percent of accepted students
have completed degrees. No preference is shown for applicants
with undergraduate or graduate degrees.