Many students who are interested in veterinary medicine are also interested in biology, so that is the most common major for students applying to veterinary school.
Typical requirements include two years of chemistry (in addition, biochemistry is often recommended), one or two years of biology (some schools require specific courses), a year of physics and a year of composition.
In addition, some schools require courses such as statistics and calculus.
Nearly all professional schools (Medical, Dental, & Veterinary) require a bachelor’s degree. The undergraduate major is not important, however certain science prerequisite courses are typically required. They include:
- One year of biology (with lab)
- One year of inorganic chemistry (with lab)
- One year of organic chemistry (with lab)
- One year of physics (with lab)
Many schools require a year of English Composition and Literature. Some schools require, humanities, calculus, statistics, and biochemistry courses.
If you know what schools you intend to apply to, check their websites to verify their requirements.
For medical school, you may also refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) book, which is published by the Association of American Medical Colleges http://www.aamc.org, and lists all medical schools’ requirements. Similarly, the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements in the United States and Canada (VMSAR) handbook is sponsored by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), and is available from Purdue University Press.
The English composition and literature requirement is fulfilled by general education requirements at Monmouth College. The broad liberal arts education here may also fulfill some of the other requirements.
Again, you will need to check the requirements of the individual schools you intend to apply to.