Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine has appeal for those interested in both science and animals.  Concern for pet health care is a primary goal of many practicing veterinarians.  Other veterinarians work with animals that produce our food supply. These animals must be plentiful in supply and free of disease.  Veterinarians also work with exotic animals in zoos, aquaria, and wildlife management centers.  With our increasing interest in the environment, a veterinarian contributes to the understanding of the interaction of animals and the environment.

Regional schools of Veterinary Medicine:

Most pre-veterinary students should plan to complete a bachelor's degree before beginning veterinary school. 

Pre-veterinary requirements for the University of Tennessee Vet School:


6 SH - English (ENGL 1010, 1020)

18 SH  - Humanities and Social Sciences

8 SH -  Physics (PHYS 1030/1030L, 1040/1040L)

8 SH - Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 1110/1110L, 1120/1120L)

8 SH - Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3010/3010L, 3020/3020L) 

8 SH - Biochemistry (CHEM 4510)

8 SH - General Biology (BIOL 1110/1110L, 1120/1120L)

3 SH - Genetics (BIOL 3250) 

4 SH - Cell Biology (BIOL 4280/4280L).  Microbiology may be approved if  Cell Biology is not offered                                     

66 SH - Total

Admission requirements vary slightly from school to school.  All schools require some animal/veterinary work experience. Admission is highly competitive and high undergraduate GPA, strong GRE score, outstanding faculty recommendations, and some veterinary experience are essential.

Some schools require the use of  the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The GRE Exam general section is required by most schools