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Biology - Pre-Veterinary School Information Page

Kentucky students have the opportunity to enter veterinary medical school at many domestic and international veterinary schools. WKU has contractual agreements with Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has made this possible through its participation in the Southern Regional Education Program. Each year the School of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn reserves 38 positions for entering students from Kentucky who meet admission requirements of the school. If admitted, Kentucky students do not pay out-of-state tuition, but pay the same fees as Alabama residents. Two positions may also be available each year at Tuskegee University on the same basis. The positions at both Auburn and Tuskegee are awarded by the selection committees of the two respective universities.

The minimum education requirement for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, is the satisfactory completion of an approved curriculum at an accredited college or university. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 is required overall and for the required courses.

Students may apply to one or both institutions as they near completion of the pre-veterinary requirements. The GRE is required for both Auburn University and Tuskegee.

Science Electives: the two science elective courses must be two of the following and have been taken within the last six calendar years:

  • Comparative Anatomy (BIOL 321)
  • Genetics (BIOL 327)
  • Embryology (not available at WKU)
  • Mammalian or Animal Physiology (BIOL 330) *BIOL 331 lab is optional
  • Microbiology (BIOL 226/227)
  • Histology (BIOL 324)
  • Reproductive Physiology (ANSC 437/438)
  • Parasitology (BIOL 460)
  • Animal Nutrition (ANSC 345) and Biochemistry (BIOL 446) will be required.

PRE-VETERINARY COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Courses

Semester Hours

I.  Written Composition

  6

II. Humanities & Fine Arts

12

      *Literature (3)

       Fine Arts (3)

       Humanities/Fine Arts Electives (6)

 

III. History & Social/Behavioral Sciences

12

     *History (3)

       Social/Behavioral Science Electives (9)

 

IV. Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry or higher

  3

V. Sciences

42

     Principles of Biology with Lab

  8

     Fundamentals of Chemistry with Lab

  8

     Cell Biology

 

  **Organic Chemistry with Lab

  6

  **Physics

  4

  **Science Electives+

  6

***Animal Nutrition (ANSC 345)

  3

     Biochemistry (BIOL 446)

  3

Total

75


*    Six hour sequence is required in either literature or history.

**  Must have been taken within six calendar years

***Course may be taken as an on-line course

+   Science electives must be from the following list:

Comparative Anatomy, Genetics, Embryology, Mammalian or Animal Physiology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Histology, Reproductive Physiology, or Parasitology

Fine arts includes art, music, theater and dance with emphasis on history and appreciation rather than performance.

Humanities disciplines include literature, philosophy, religious studies, speech and foreign language.

Social/Behavioral disciplines include history, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

The final grade for each required course must be a C or better.

Students completing their pre-veterinary work at Auburn University must complete the requirements for the AU core.  Contact your pre-veterinary advisor.

Note: Requirements for areas I - IV will be waived for students with a bachelor's degree.

Tutorial by Dr. Steve Huskey on the pre-veterinary program.  (Please be patient as it may take a few minutes to download.)

Please click here to view a powerpoint of Auburn University's Veterinary Medicine Program.

AdvisorsSteve Huskey (Biology), Mike Stokes (Biology), and Fred DeGraves (Animal Science)

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 Last Modified 10/9/14