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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

If you dream of someday becoming a veterinarian, CFANS Animal Science major or Fisheries and Wildlife major are options for fulfilling pre-veterinary course requirements.

As an Animal Science/ Pre-Vet student, you will choose the Pre-Veterinary Medicine / Science emphasis, which provides a thorough foundation in physical and biological sciences. This includes physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and applied biotechnology. To learn more, see the pre-vet section on this Department of Animal Science page

As a Fisheries and Wildlife / Pre-Vet student, you will complete specific Pre-Vet requirements for this major, and courses in chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology. To learn more, see the Sample 4-Year Plan and other pre-vet requirements on this Department of Fisheries and Wildlife page.

The pre-vet programs in these majors are designed to meet the U of M's College of Veterinary Medicine entrance requirements.

Upon graduation from these programs, if you decide not to apply to veterinary school or to pursue a graduate degree, you will be well prepared for a career in pharmaceutical, biotechnological, or animal-related industries.

For more information, visit the Animal Science or Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology websites.

VetFAST Program (for food animal veterinary medicine)

You may also want to consider the U of M's VetFAST Program (Veterinary Food Animal Scholars Program). The University of Minnesota developed this unique program to meet the high demand for veterinarians who are trained to work with livestock and food production animals. This includes dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, and goats.  

The VetFAST Program allows you to receive an admissions decision by the University's College of Veterinary Medicine at the end of your freshman or sophomore year, rather than junior or senior year. This enables you to complete your pre-veterinary studies in three years instead of the typical four, saving you an entire year! In addition, you're exempt from taking the Graduate Record Exam (G.R.E.), and you benefit from mentorships with veterinary faculty and students. In VetFAST, you can also participate in summer veterinary and industry work opportunities, research projects, and internships. ´╗┐If you are a freshman or sophomore Animal Science major, you are eligible for the VetFAST program.

For eligibility requirements and application instructions, see the U of M's VetFAST page.


Academic Planning

University Catalog links: Animal Science, Pre-Vet program, or Fisheries and Wildlife, Pre-Vet Program


Department of Animal Science

Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Pre-Vet Student Club

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