Vet School FAQ
One of our most frequently asked questions is "How do I get into veterinary school?" Here are the answers to some of our specific frequently asked questions about preparing for veterinary school, getting into veterinary school, and what to do if you decide not to go to veterinary school.
Our program Director, Dr. Sarah Balcom, has created an extensive Pre-Veterinary Advising Guide that addresses the majority of commonly asked questions regarding veterinary school and the application process.Students interested in applying to veterinary school should make sure to carefully read through that guide for information on admission requirements and how to be a competitive applicant.
To learn more about how our ANSC undergraduate program can prepare you for veterinary school, read on!
- Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (the in-state school for Maryland and Virginia)
- The University of Pennsylvania
- Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
- Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
- University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
- University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
- The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
- Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine
- The Royal Veterinary College in London.
In addition, our campus farm provides our students with many excellent opportunities to work with horses, sheep, cows, pigs, and chickens, allowing students to get animal care experience. Our department’s close relationships with many other agencies and companies in the areas allow our students to get more in-depth experience in a variety of settings from research laboratories to farms.
Sample course plans for completing our program can be found on our Program Requirements page.
The ANSC students who get to veterinary school tell us that they feel that they're more prepared than most of their classmates for veterinary school due to their ANSC courses. Going through our sciences/professional option follows a curriculum that will not only meet the minimum requirements to apply to most veterinary schools, but will leave them well qualified for other professional degrees and career options.
It is important for students to understand that acceptance to veterinary school is very competitive, so not many students in this 'accelerated' approach gain acceptance to a veterinary school in their third year. Most have to wait until they finish their BS degree before they gain acceptance. This is an option for some students, but not for all. We typically have a student or two accepted in any one year.
In addition, we are happy to share our pre-veterinary advising guide with the campus community.
In addition, many of our students get extensive experience with domestic pets while working at small animal veterinary clinics in the area.
Undergraduates can volunteer or intern in our faculty’s research laboratories or they can work there in a few paid positions. Additional opportunities exist working with zoo animals at the National Zoo, the National Aquarium, and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. In the past, ANSC students have gone to China to work on the Giant Panda project, South Africa to work with wildlife, or more locally with various species at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. All of those projects are through collaborative efforts with ANSC faculty.
The University of Maryland is a large campus with all the benefits in course diversity that comes from a large campus. The College of AGNR is a smaller college, and we pride ourselves in 'making a big place small.' When you join our department, you will quickly feel like you have joined a family.
In the UMD Admissions Office, our college has a specific representative, Ms. April Brohawn. Please feel free to contact her if you have questions about the admissions process or your application in the future. If you have question about the options within the major, or the courses and curricula, please contact Ms. Libby Dufour, the Assistant Director, Undergraduate Office for ANSC or call 301-405-1373.
- VMCAS – for electronic application process
- VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where MD students are counted as “in-state”
- The GRE is required for admission to vet school
- List of Veterinary Schools in the US and abroad
- The American Veterinary Medical Association