Pre-Veterinary Medicine | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Pre-Veterinary Medicine

  • Veterinary physicians treat non-human patients, from cats and dogs to exotic animals in zoos. Four years of study after the undergraduate degree are required to earn the doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Opportunities for specialty training are available. In addition to private practice, veterinarians work for the government and industry as food and public health inspectors, as well as in zoos, aquaria and animal parks.

    General Preparation

    Most graduate health professions schools require the same basic preparation as medical schools. That is, they require the fundamentals of science (biology, chemistry and physics) within a context of a well-rounded education. The common core of required and elective courses for most pre-health professional students includes:

    • Foundations of Biology I and II
    • Principals of Chemistry I and II
    • General Physics I and II
    • Calculus I
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Organic Chemistry I and II
    • Intro to Psychology
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Medical Terminology
    • Statistics

    Required or recommended courses

    Capital offers the following course for Pre-Veterinary Medicine:

    • Animal behavior
    • Embryology 

    Pre-Professional Studies

    Pre-DentistryPre-Law •  Pre-Law AcceleratedPre-Medicine • Pre-Occupational Therapy • Pre-Optometry •  Pre-PharmacyPre-Physicians Assistant • Pre-Physical Therapy • Pre-Podiatry • Pre-Public Health  • Pre-SeminaryPre-Veterinary Medicine     

    What does pre-professional mean? 

    Pre-professional means that you would like to prepare for a specific career. It's a set of courses that you should take if you plan on taking the exam and entering Law school, or medical school, after you graduate.

    It is important to note that a pre-professional plan (e.g. - Pre-law) is not a major. You could major in Instrumental Performance and be Pre-law at the same time if you wanted. However, most students attempt to major in an area that will complement their career choice.

    Here are some examples:

    • A Pre-law student might major in Government or Economics.
    • A Pre-veterinary student might major in Biology or Biochemistry.
    • A Pre-seminary student might major in Literature or History.  

    Why is Capital a good fit for my pre-professional plan?

    Choosing a pre-professional program and completing your plan does not guarantee admission into a professional program. We know that navigating through the first four years is challenging enough, so thinking about your post-degree plans can be mind-boggling. 

    At Capital, our professors are also your academic advisors. They are your mentors and biggest advocates.

    With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Capital can enrich your studies with personal connections between you and our faculty, and we have several programs in place to ensure student success – from academic advising and career development to our peer-to-peer compass leaders who help you align your vocation with your career.