Veterinary Science

PROGRAM DEFINITION:

  • Program focus is on animal health. 
    — Prepare for a career in veterinary science, biomedical science or microbiology.
    — Prepare for a career as a veterinarian. 
  • Earn a BS degree.
  • Qualify to apply to the veterinary college of your choice while you earn a BS degree.
    — Completion does not guarantee you will be accepted to attend any veterinary college
Program options.
  • Biomedical Sciences Option: for students interested in a career in veterinary or biomedical science.
  • Microbiology Option: for students interested in a career in microbiology. 
  • Veterinary Medicine Option (3+2 program): for students accepted to veterinary school before earning but wishing to earn  a BS degree. 

UNL POINTS OF DISTINCTION:  WHY STUDY VETERINARY & BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES AT UNL?

  • An undergraduate program for students interested in animal health and a career in veterinary or biomedical science.
  • Take courses not available at any other college or university in Nebraska.
    — Learn from scientists and veterinarians studying and diagnosing animal diseases.
    — Learn 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 COOPERATIVE 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 more 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 http://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 VETERINARY SCIENCE 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?

Earn a BS degree, and prepare for a career in:

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Biomedical or veterinary research 
  • Veterinary pharmaceutics
  • Animal production
  • Animal protection and conservation
  • Regulatory or governmental affairs
  • Qualify to apply to any accredited school or college of veterinary medicine in North America.
  • Position yourself to continue your education in graduate school as a masters or doctoral student.

CONTACTS:

Dr. Laura Hardin, Chief Undergraduate Advisor
Lee Johnson, Program Coordinator
142 Veterinary Diag. Ctr.
Lincoln, NE 68583
(402) 472-2952

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Career Services