Changing Your Major to Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary Science

Please make an appointment with the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department Chief Undergraduate Advisor, smarston [at] umass [dot] edu (Susan Marston.)

If you are considering changing your major to Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary Science, there are a few steps you should take first:

  1. Consider if Animal Science is truly the right major for you.  We offer a rigorous a science-intensive program that presents the opportunity to gain experience with species relevant to traditional animal science programs. It is not a clinical program in veterinary medicine and thus does not offer small animal, exotic animal or wildlife experiences, nor is it the appropriate program for those interested in production agriculture.
  2. All students enter as Animal Science majors and must qualify to change to the Pre-Veterinary Science Major.  Animal Science majors must complete courses necessary for a concentration in Animal Biotechnology & Research, Animal Management or Equine Science.
  3. Review the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for the Veterinary and Animal Sciences Department Undergraduate Program.
  4. Review the Undergraduate Handbook.  This will help you decide whether you’d like to change your major to Animal Science and whether you can finish your degree on time. Please carefully review each of the following sections:

Degree Requirements & Elective Courses

Suggested Sequence of Courses

If you are interested in pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree carefully review

Veterinary School Admission

So, You think you Want to go to Vet School Frequently Asked Questions

Make an appointment with the Pre-Vet Advisor, Janice Telfer.

In order to qualify for the Pre-Veterinary Science Major students must

 A. Achieve a weighted GPA of B- (2.700) or better in the following required courses:
                        ANIMLSCI 103 - Intro to Animal Management
                        ANIMLSCI 220 - Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals
                        ANIMLSCI 285 – Cellular and Molecular Biology
                        BIOLOGY 151, 152, 153 - Introduction to Biology and lab
                        CHEM 111 & 112 - Inorganic Chemistry
                        CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry
                        MATH 127 – Calculus

B.  Complete the Pre-Veterinary Science Major GPA Calculation Form and submit the form to the Undergraduate Program Office, 427X ISB or vasci [at] umass [dot] edu

If the student is qualified to change to the Pre-Veterinary Science Major, the change will be made in the student’s SPIRE account and the ARR will change to reflect the requirements for the Pre-Veterinary Science major.