Veterinary Science

This is an undergraduate program for students interested in animal health and a career in veterinary or biomedical science.

The veterinary science major focuses on animal health and will prepare you for a career in:

  • Veterinary science
  • Biomedical science
  • Microbiology
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Qualify you to apply to the veterinary college of your choice while you are earning a BS degree. (Earning the degree does not guarantee you will be accepted to attend a veterinary college.)

Program options

  • Biomedical sciences option is for students interested in a career in veterinary or biomedical science.
  • Microbiology option is for students interested in a career in microbiology.
  • Veterinary medicine option (3+2 program) is for students accepted to veterinary school before earning, but wishing to earn, a BS degree.

Why study veterinary and biomedical sciences at UNL?

  • 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.

Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine

Nebraska resident students wishing to become veterinarians may apply to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine, a program offered jointly between the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Learn more.

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.

Scholarships 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

  • Explore your interests and develop your leadership abilities by participating in any of the numerous clubs and organizations on campus. Learn more.
  • OASIS—Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services—supports all students, especially students of color, at UNL. Learn more.
  • Undergraduate Creative Activities & Research Experiences (UCARE) is 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. Learn more.

Admission requirements

What do you 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.

What a veterinary science degree can do for you

A BS degree in veterinary science prepares you for a career in:
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Biomedical or veterinary research
  • Veterinary pharmaceutics
  • Animal production
  • Animal protection and conservation
  • Regulatory or governmental affairs
  • Qualifies you to apply to any accredited school or college of veterinary medicine in North America.
  • Positions you to continue your education in graduate school as a masters or doctoral student.

Find out more


Dr. Mike Carlson
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
(402) 472-8459

Related links

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)

CASNR Career Services