Advising Course Plan - Health Sciences Major - Veterinary Medicine Interest

Veterinary Medicine - with Chemistry minor

Those interested in pursuing a career in Veterinary Medicine (e.g., Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)) should follow the curriculum plan listed below, including a common core of prerequisite course work (*). Some requirements may differ from the ones below, depending on the graduate program in which you may be interested. Please make sure to look at various graduate program requirements for different universities (early on – in your 1st year) and areas of Veterinary Medicine in which you may be interested, so that you can modify your course plan according to requirements needed for graduate programs to which you might apply. Speak to your advisor if you have a particular area of interest in mind. Of course, make sure you satisfy all the Health Sciences (HLSC) major requirements, which can be found in the course catalog online (the plan below should allow you to do this).

Most veterinary schools require at least a 3.0 GPA. Some programs will require minimum standardized test scores on the GRE, as well. Required undergraduate course work is incorporated in the plan below (again, some programs may differ and require extra prerequisite classes).

There is a general application process for many veterinary schools, called the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS):

http://aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx

You will need to apply by approximately October 1st in the year preceding your anticipated fall start date. In preparation for your application, you will need to take either the GRE or MCAT (depending on the program to which you are applying; most accept the GRE).

*Most veterinary medicine programs require a course in Animal Nutrition, which is not available at Stetson University. It is recommended that you take this class elsewhere (e.g., there is an online course at Oklahoma State University). In addition, many programs also require some experience in the field. Discuss with your advisor ways that you might be able to gain this experience.

First Year
FallUnits
BIOL 141P1,*Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
HLSC 219W1Health and Wellness1
FSEM 1001First Year Seminar (unless transfer student)1
ENGL 1011,*Writing and Rhetoric (unless otherwise determined; or General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course))1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142P1,*Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
PSYC 101S1,*Introduction to Psychology1
MATH 141Q*Calculus I with Analytic Geometry1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
HLSC 201P1,*Human Anatomy and Physiology I1
CHEM 141P*General Chemistry I1
BIOL 301*Microbiology1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Spring
HLSC 2021,*Anatomy and Physiology II1
CHEM 142P*General Chemistry II1
BIOL 302*Genetics1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Third Year
Fall
Junior Seminar must be taken during this year. 
HLSC 3091Research Methods in the Health Sciences1
PHYS 121P*College Physics I1
Junior Seminar11
CHEM 2011,*Organic Chemistry I (IHSC elective)1
 Term Units4
Spring
HLSC 4981Senior Research Proposal1
PHYS 122P*College Physics II1
PUBH 308Q1,*Health and Medical Statistics1
CHEM 3011,*Organic Chemistry II (IHSC elective)1
 Term Units4
Fourth Year
Fall
HLSC 4991Senior Research Project1
CHEM 204*Biochemistry I1
PHIL 316E1Bio-Medical Ethics (or equivalent; IHSC elective; or other Personal & Social Responsibility course (R, E, W, D, J course))1
HLSC 4111Exercise Physiology1
 Term Units4
Spring
HLSC elective or other elective11
HLSC elective or other elective11
Additional CHEM class 200+ level to complete Chemistry minor1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 32
1

 Required for HLSC major.

*

 Common core of prerequisite course work.