Pathway for Completing DVM Prerequisites

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A four-year undergraduate degree is not required to gain admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students are eligible to apply once they fulfill the admissions requirements. By applying and being admitted early, a student could save 1-2 years of undergraduate tuition, housing, and other expenses and would be able to start their career sooner. This guide can help plan the time spent in undergraduate studies so that the coursework required for application to the College of Veterinary Medicine can be completed in as little as four semesters. Students are encouraged to consult academic advisors and the CVM admissions office while pursuing their prerequisites.

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Advanced Placement

  • AP Biology and Chemistry -  Scores of 4-5 on each of these meets the General Biology & lab requirement and the General Chemistry & lab requirement for veterinary medicine.
  • AP English for English 150 or with 24 ACT, 550 SAT can take English 250 and get credit for both if the person earns a C or better.
  • AP Physics 1 or Physics C-mechanics – Scores of 4-5 on this exam meets the General Physics 1 and lab requirement for veterinary medicine.
  • Social sciences, humanities, and electives may also be completed with AP exams or taken at a community college while in high school.

If a student completes all of these above courses in high school, then:

Fall Semester 1
Organic Chemistry I
Arts and Humanities
Speech

Spring Semester 1
Anatomy
Organic Chemistry II
Arts and Humanities

May-September
Apply to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Fall Semester 2
Genetics
Biochemistry
Electives/Arts and Humanities

Spring Semester 2
Students are encouraged to continue taking courses to work toward a degree


General 4-year Institution (no AP courses)

Fall Semester 1
Biology I
Chemistry I
Anatomy
English

Spring Semester 1
Biology II
Chemistry II
Arts and Humanities
English

May-September
Apply to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Fall Semester 2
Organic Chemistry I
Physics I
Arts and Humanities
Genetics

Spring Semester 2
Organic Chemistry II
Biochemistry
Speech
Arts and Humanities

There is flexibility for placement of the arts, humanities and English classes. This is the same for a community college except genetics may not be offered.


Iowa State University (no AP courses)

Fall Semester 1
Chem 177 and 177L
Biol 211 and 211L
Engl 150
SP CM 212

Spring Semester 1
Chem 178
Biol 212 and 212L
Engl 250
Physics 111

May-September
Apply to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Fall Semester 2
Chem 331 and 331L
Anatomy (Biol 155,
255, 335 or BMS 329 or AN S 214)
Genetics
Arts and Humanities

Spring Semester 2
Chem 332
BBMB (301, 316 or 420)
Arts and Humanities