Pre-Veterinary Science Major

The Pre-Veterinary Science major is designed to provide pre-professional training to students planning to continue their education in Veterinary, Graduate or Medical school or who are contemplating joining the teaching profession.  All incoming freshmen enter the program as Animal Science majors and must qualify to enter into the Pre-Veterinary Science major. Eligible students must achieve and maintain a grade of B- or better in select Animal Science courses. Students may enter the Pre-Veterinary Science major at any time after these requirements are met by submitting the Entry into BS-Pre-Veterinary Science Major GPA worksheet to Lisa West ISB 427X.

Students interested in transferring to the Pre-Veterinary Science Major should carefully read Changing your Major to Animal Science or Pre-Veterinary Science.

Students interested in applying to Veterinary Medical Colleges should read So…You think you want to go to Vet School Frequently Asked Questions.

Students applying to Veterinary Medical Colleges will find our Frequently Asked Questions regarding Vet School Application helpful.

Pre-Veterinary Science Major

This sequence meets requirements of most veterinary, graduate and professional schools. 

Freshman year - Fall Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 101 - Introduction to Animal Science with lab   4
     BIOL 151 - Introduction to Biology I   4
     CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I* with lab   4
     MATH 127 - Calculus   3
     Credits  15
Freshman year - Spring Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 103 - Introduction to Animal Management with lab   4
     BIOL 152/153 - Introduction to Biology II with lab   5
     CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II with lab   4
     ENGWLP 112 - College Writing   3
     Credits  16
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 220 - Anatomy & Physiology with lab  4
     ANIMLSCI 260 - Animal Welfare with discussion  4
                             fulfills the Gen Ed SI requirement  
     CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry I  3
     STATS 111 or STATS 240 - Statistics OR RES ECON 212           
           OR General Education Class  3/4
     Credits 15/16
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 200 - Animal Cellular and Molecular Biology with discussion   4
     STATS 111 or STATS 240 - Statistics OR RES ECON 212 OR  
              General Education Class   3/4
     CHEM 262 - Organic Chemistry II CHEM 269 - lab   5
      General Education Class   4
     Credits  16/17
Junior Year - Fall Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 311 - Genetics   3
     ANIMLSCI 332 - Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding with lab   4
     BIOCHEM 523** - Biochemistry I   3
     Elective   3
     Credits  15
Junior Year - Spring Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 572 - Infection and Immunity   3
      General Education Class   4
     MICROBIO 310 - Microbiology   3
     BIOCHEM 524 - Biochemistry II   3
     Elective   3
     Credits  16
Senior Year - Fall Semester  
      NATSCI 387 - CNS Junior Writing   3
      PHYSICS 131 - Physics I with lab   4
      BIOCHEM 421 - Biochemistry Lab   2
      Elective or ANIMLSCI 494PI - Integrative Experience - Advanced Animal Health and Management OR ANIMLSCI 494GI - Integrative Experience - Good Intentions Spring Semester   3
      Elective   3
      Credits  15
Senior Year - Spring Semester  
      ANIMLSCI 494GI - Integrative Experience - Good Intentions OR ANIMLSCI 494PI - Fall semester   3
      ANIMLSCI 521 - Physiology of Reproduction with lab   4
      PHYSICS 132 - Physics II with lab   3
      ANIMLSCI 366*** - Veterinary Microbiology Lab   2
      Credits  12

* To enroll in CHEM 111, Math 104 must be completed or student must score 20 or above on Part A of the Math placement test

** BIOCHEM 523 can be replaced with BIOCHEM 420

*** ANIMLSCI 390A can be replaced with MICRO 390B

Pre-Veterinary Major When Deferring Math & Chemistry

This sequence meets requirements of most veterinary, graduate and professional schools.

Freshman year - Fall Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 101 - Introduction to Animal Science with lab   4
     BIOL 151 - Introduction to Biology I   4
     MATH 101 -Pre-Calculus   3
     General Education Class   4
     Credits  15
Freshman year - Spring Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 103 - Introduction to Animal Management with lab   4
     BIOL 152/153 - Introduction to Biology II with lab   5
     CHEM 111* - General Chemistry I with lab   4
     ENGWLP 112 - College Writing   3
     Credits  16
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 220 - Anatomy & Physiology with lab  4
    ANIMLSCI 260 - Animal Welfare with discussion fulfills the Gen Ed SI requirement  4
    CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II with lab  4
    MATH 127 - Calculus  3
    Credits 15
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 200 - Animal Cellular and Molecular Biology with discussion   4
     STATS 111 or STATS 240 - Statistics OR RES EC 212   3
    CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry I with lab   3
     General Education Class   4
    Credits  14
Junior Year - Fall Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 311 - Genetics   3
     ANIMLSCI 332 - Basic Animal Nutrition and Feeding with lab   4
     CHEM 262/269 - Organic Chemistry with lab   5
     General Education Class   4
     Credits  16
Junior Year - Spring Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 572 - Infection and Immunity   3
      MICROBIO 310 - Microbiology   3
     PHYSICS 131 - Physics I with lab   4
     Elective   3
     Elective   3
     Credits  16
Senior Year - Fall Semester  
     NATSCI 387 - CNS Junior Writing   3
     PHYSICS 132 - Physics II with lab   4
     BIOCHEM 523** - Biochemistry I   3
     BIOCHEM 421 - Biochemistry lab   2
     Elective or ANIMLSCI 494PI - Integrative Experience - Advanced Animal Health and Management OR ANIMLSCI 494GI - Integrative Experience - Good Intentions Spring Semester   3
     Credits  15
Senior Year - Spring Semester  
     ANIMLSCI 494GI - Integrative Experience - Good Intentions OR         ANIMLSCI 494PI - Fall semester   3
     ANIMLSCI 521 - Physiology of Reproduction with lab   4
     ANIMLSCI 366*** - Veterinary Microbiology Lab   2
     BIOCHEM 524 - Biochemistry II   3
     Elective   3
     Credits  15

* To enroll in CHEM 111, Math 104 must be completed or student must score 20 or above on Part A of the Math placement test

** BIOCHEM 523 can be replaced with BIOCHEM 420

*** ANIMLSCI 390A can be replaced with MICRO 390B

Course Requirements for Veterinary Colleges

The courses listed below meet the requirements of most veterinary schools. However, after selection of the school(s) you wish to attend, it is recommended that you consult each school’s catalog for specific requirements and check with your academic advisor.

The Summary of Course Prerequisites Chart for Veterinary Colleges indicates the requirements for 28 U.S. schools and 13 foreign schools.  The chart includes hyper-links to the requirement list found on each school’s website. 

U.S. Veterinary College requirements for admission. Admissions requirements for veterinary medical schools outside the United States.

Please click here for information regarding costs of U.S. veterinary schools.

Veterinary School Requirements UMass Equivalents

English  (1 year)

ENGWLP 112 and NATSCI 397A

Speech    (Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oregon,Texas and Western only)

COMM 260

Mathematics (1 year and to include one semester of calculus)

R1 and MATH 127
Statistics (choose one of the following:)
STAT 111 or RES EC 212 or STAT 240

Physics  (1 year/labs)

PHYSICS 131 and 132

Chemistry

 
   General Chemistry/lab (1 year) CHEM 111 and 112
   Organic Chemistry/lab (1 year) CHEM 261, 262, 269
   Biochemistry

BIOCHEM 420 or BIOCHEM 523,524

   Biochemisty Lab    (Cornell, Illinois, North Carolina, Tuskegee and Dublin only)
BIOCHEM 421

Biology

 
    Introductory Biology/lab (1 year) BIOL 151 & 152/ BIOL 153
    Cellular Biology ANIML SCI 200
    Genetics ANIML SCI 311 or BIOL 283
    Microbiology/lab MICROBIO 310/312
    Anatomy/ Physiology ANIML SCI 220, BIOL 654, 564 or 567

Animal Science

 
    Animal Nutrition ANIML SCI 332

    ANIML SCI 103, 452, 454, 455, 459 - 

      Animal management courses (1 year)

ANIML SCI 103, 452, 454, 455, 459
Science Electives ANIML SCI 521, 572
BIOL 523, 548, 550

UMass/Tufts BS/DVM Early Decision Program

The Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine located in Grafton, Massachusetts offers undergraduates enrolled at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst an opportunity to apply to the DVM program in March of their sophomore year.   A limited number of students are admitted, and upon acceptance, are guaranteed a space in Tufts veterinary school class after they graduate, if they maintain a minimum 3.4 GPA and take the required prerequisite classes.  To be eligible to apply, candidates for this program must be sophomores and must have completed a full year each of introductory biology and chemistry.  SAT scores will be evaluated in the place of GRE scores.  Freshmen contemplating application to the Early Acceptance Program are encouraged to speak with a pre-veterinary advisor about accruing veterinary medical related experiences.  If the applicant is not accepted, the applicant can make an appointment with a Tufts admission counselor in the summer to review his/her application, in order to strengthen it for the next round of veterinary medical school applications. Further information regarding this program can be viewed at the Tufts web site.

Veterinary School Advisory Committee

Members of this committee advise students on how to approach gaining pre-veterinary medical related experiences and recommendation letters, how to fulfill prerequisites for veterinary school admission, how to assemble their portfolio for veterinary school admission, how to choose which schools to apply to, how to write a successful essay, and how to interview.  Members of the committee maintain contact with admissions officers at veterinary medical schools, promote ties between UMass Amherst and veterinary medical schools and host speakers from veterinary medical schools.  Students are encouraged to speak to any pre-veterinary school admissions advisory committee member about the assembly of their veterinary school application as early as possible in their academic career.

Applying to Veterinary Medical Colleges as a University of Massachusetts Amherst student

Click here to read important information regarding the application process and timeline. The VMCAS application deadline for 2017 is September 15, 2016.

Class of 2016, thirty-one of 85 or 36% of VASCI students graduating applied and were accepted into veterinary medical school (27) or graduate school (4).
Class of 2015, eighteen of 73 or 25% of VASCI students graduating applied and were accepted into veterinary medical school (12), medical school (1) or graduate school (5).
Class of 2014, twenty-two of 67 or 33 % of VASCI students graduating applied and were accepted into veterinary medical school (16) or graduate school (6).
Class of 2013, eighteen of 83 or 21.7% of VASCI students graduating applied and were accepted into veterinary medical school or graduate school.
Class of 2012, nineteen of 91 or 21% of students graduating applied and were accepted into veterinary medical school or graduate school.