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.
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.
What does it mean to be Pre-Veterinary?
Students who self-identify as “Pre-Veterinary” may consult with Pre-Healthcare Advising about matters pertaining to their academic studies, extracurricular activities, and applications. Western does not offer a “Pre-Veterinary” major and no specific formula exists for getting into veterinary schools. Applicants are evaluated across multiple areas through a holistic review process. All aspects are important: GPA (both cumulative and science), admission test scores (commonly GRE or MCAT), volunteer experience within the field, letters of recommendation, extracurricular and community activities, interview, and personal characteristics as well as background checks (including legal, conduct, and social records).
Western offers undergraduate coursework addressing most DVM prerequisites but programs vary in their 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. These are summarized at http://www.aavmc.org/data/files/vmcas/prereqchart.pdf.
Veterinary schools do not recruit students from one specific major or discipline but rather emphasize a liberal arts education. Examples of majors popular among students are Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, Psychology, and Business.
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.
Pre-Vet Club: Join this and other WWU Associated Students clubs.
Students should gain shadowing experience with veterinarians, ideally in multiple types of settings (hours vary, 250-500 typical). Discuss your shadowing options with Pre-healthcare advisors.
Animal experience is essential, and can include owning/walking/volunteering with animals.
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.
The Graduate Record Examination is offered monthly at the WWU Testing Center. It assesses your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing skills. Information is available at www.ets.org/gre.
Health Professions Advising Events
Typical programming events offered by the Health Professions Advising office (but are not limited to):
Orientation Session: Getting you from WWU to professional school (PET DOC)
Health Professional School & Grad School Info Fair, October 17
Winter Registration Drop-in: Nov 13 and Nov 14, 12-2 in BI 415
Spring Registration Drop-in: Feb 26 and Feb 27, 12-2 in BI 415
The Healthcare Professional School Application: A session overviewing the process
WSU School of Veterinary Medicine info session (usually in April)
Fall Registration Drop-in: May 20 and May 21, 12-2 in BI 415