Pre-Professional Pathways are not offered as majors at Western, nor are they at most other universities, but they can be incorporated into or taken alongside any degree-granting major offered at Western.

Pre-Veterinary is not a major at Western. Western offers undergraduate coursework that addresses prerequisites of most Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs, but veterinary programs vary in admissions requirements. In general, applicants must have strong academic backgrounds in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and English. Research schools of your choice to confirm all required courses.

Veterinary schools emphasize the importance of a liberal arts education and do not recruit students from one specific major or discipline. Examples of popular majors among Pre-Veterinary students at Western are Biology, Environmental Science, Psychology, and Business. Majors of recent Western graduates admitted into Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs include Behavioral Neuroscience, Biology, Chemistry, and English Literature.

Beyond the Classroom

Western's Pre-Healthcare Professions Advising Office provides mentoring and advising to students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare professions. The office works with students to enhance their chances of gaining successful admission to the professional school of their choice. Services range from individual academic advisement, to preparing students for the final application process.

Western's Associated Students is home to 200+ clubs, including those for students pursuing healthcare professions.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Admission into Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs is highly selective and includes evaluation of: GPA (both cumulative and science), standardized admission test scores (commonly GRE or MCAT), volunteer experience within the field, letters of recommendation, extracurricular and community activities, an interview, and also legal and social records. 


Sample Jobs

  • Veterinarian 

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.