Pre-Veterinary Medicine

PROGRAM DEFINITION:
  • Preveternary programs consist of undergraduate college courses that veterinary colleges require their applicants to complete before admission to those veterinary colleges.
  • The specific courses in your program will depend upon which veterinary college or colleges to which you wish to make application.
    — See the accompanying document Preveterinary Course Requirements for UNL/ISU Cooperative Program in Veterinary Medicine for our program course requirements— You must include all pre-veterinary courses in your pre-veterinary program for all the veterinary colleges to which you wish to apply.

UNL POINTS OF DISTINCTION:WHY STUDY PREVETERNARY MEDICINE AT UNL?

  • Take courses not available at any other college or university in Nebraska.
  • Learn about animal health and diseases from scientists and veterinarians studying and diagnosing animal diseases.
  •  Learn about animals from animal scientists studying animal production and animal products.
  • Gain experience in veterinary and animal production research, veterinary diagnostic services, and animal care as a student employee.
  • Socialize and learn from other students interested in veterinary or biomedical as a career.
VETERINARY MEDICAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEBRASKANS:
See the information sheet for
PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN VETERNARY MEDICINE or visit http://vetmed.unl.edu/.   

UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING:  You will be assigned a faculty member who can help you examine your interests and abilities, define your career goals, and plan your academic career so you will qualify to apply to the college(s) of veterinary medicine of your choice and/or earn a BS degree.  

FACULTY:
For information about Veterinary & Biomedical Science Department Faculty, visit:
http://vbms.unl.edu/fac_staff.shtml

SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID:
  • CASNR provides more than $750,000 in scholarships annually to CASNR students.
  • Apply for university-wide or other scholarships for which you qualify. 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES:

  • Get involved: Explore your interests and develop your leadership abilities by participating in any of the numerous clubs and organizations on campus. Visit si.unl.edu for more information.
  • Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services (OASIS): supports all students, especially students of color, at UNL. Visit: http://www.unl.edu/oasis_culturecenter/ for more information.
  • Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences (UCARE): supported by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and funded by the Pepsi Endowment and Program of Excellence Funds, this program creates intellectual partnerships between UNL faculty and undergraduates by providing funds for research. Visit http://www.unl.edu/ucare/ for more information.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:  WHAT DO I HAVE TO TAKE IN HIGH SCHOOL TO ENTER UNL AS A PRE-VETERINARY STUDENT?

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of mathematics
  • 3 units of social sciences
  • 3 units of natural sciences
  • 2 units of foreign language

In addition, you must:

  • rank in the top half of your high school class OR
  • have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher OR
  • have an SAT total score of 950 or higher.
OUTCOMES:
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
  • Qualify to apply to any accredited college of veterinary medicine in North America.
  • Completion does not guarantee you will be accepted into veterinary school.
  • Completion does not earn you a baccalaureate (BS) degree. 

CONTACTS:
Dr. Laura Hardin, 
Chief Undergraduate Advisor

Lee Johnson, 
Program Coordinator
142 Veterinary Diag. Ctr.
Lincoln, NE 68583
(402) 472-2952