Biology & Marine Biology

Pre-Veterinary Advising: Dr. Priester

Students wishing to go to veterinary school can pursue any major, as long as a core of science, mathematics and humanities courses are completed. The exact suite of courses that a student will need to take will be dependent upon the veterinary school(s) to which they apply. The linked table below lists the required courses for North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the only veterinary school in our state.

Table - NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine - Required Courses (NC State Prerequisite Requirements)

Maintaining a strong GPA is critical to be competitive for veterinary school. Above and beyond coursework, students must have experience working, volunteering or participating in some way, in the veterinary field.

The pre-veterinary advisor can help guide the way towards preparing for veterinary school. Ultimately, though, each student is responsible for ensuring their own preparedness for applying to the school(s) of their choice. It is advised that students contact their academic and pre-vet advisor early in their career at UNCW. Students should also seek out information about veterinary schools on their own, and contact a school directly if needed.

This webpage is designed to students who are thinking about a career in veterinary science find sites of interest. The links below provide access to a wide variety of sites including individual schools and national veterinary organizations. They also provide access to national testing and application services that will be required for those students applying to veterinary schools (e.g. GRE, VCAT, VMCAS).

Pre-Veterinary Advising: Links Of Interest

  1. North Carolina's only veterinary school:
    North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine

    2. National testing and application links:
    Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS)
    Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

    3. Information on Veterinary Technician Programs:
    American Veterinary Medical Association - Programs in Veterinary Technology
    North American Veterinary Technician Association

    4. National Veterinary Organizations:
    Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
    AAVMC Institutional Members (provides a direct link to all U.S. veterinary schools)

Dr. Priester: