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Pre-Veterinary Advisement

Kentucky students  have the opportunity to enter veterinary medical school at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, or Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky has made this possible through its participation in the Southern Regional Education Program.  The Commonwealth of Kentucky pays $24,500 annually for each student enrolled at Auburn or Tuskegee.  Each year the School of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn reserves 38 positions for students from Kentucky who meet admission requirements.  If admitted, Kentucky students do not pay out-of-state tuition but pay the same fees as Alabama residents.  Two to three positions are also 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 Schools of Veterinary Medicine is the satisfactory completion of an approved curriculum at an accredited college or university.  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required overall and for the required courses.  Tuskegee requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 cumulative and for science requirements.

Students may apply to one or both institutions as they near completion of the pre-veterinary requirements.  The GRE is required for admission to either Auburn University or Tuskegee University.  Students may also apply for admission to any other School of Veterinary Medicine.

The following courses have been approved by Auburn University.  This curriculum is planned for completion in 3 years.  It is possible to complete requirements in less time by attending summer school sessions, but due to the difficulty of the curriculum, it is not normally advisable.  By choosing the correct electives in the pre-veterinary program and transferring credits for the first year of veterinary school to WKU, students may receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Western Kentucky University.  This is a suggested curriculum; the sequence of courses may be varied to suit individual situations.  Every effort is made to advise each student based upon the individual's background and academic capability.  Always check online with veterinary medical schools for the latest requirements.

Advisor: Dr. Fred DeGraves (fred.degraves@wku.edu)

Pre-Veterinary Curriculum for Auburn University

  • ANSC 140/141 Intro to Animal Science/Laboratory
  • ANSC 345 Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • BIOL 120/121 Biological Concepts: Cells, Metabolism, and Genetics/Laboratory
  • BIOL 122/123 Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity, and Ecology/Laboratory
  • BIOL 319 Intro to Molecular and Cell Biology (BIOL 322 or 337 are co-requisites) OR
    • BIOL 411/412 Cell Biology/Laboratory
  • CHEM 120/121 College Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHEM 222/223 College Chemistry II/Lab
  • CHEM 340/341 Organic Chemistry I/Lab
  • CHEM 342/343 Organic Chemistry II/Lab
  • CHEM 446/447 Biochemistry I/Lab
  • PHYS 231/232 Intro to Physics and Biophysics I/Lab
  • ANSC 437/438 Physiology of Reproduction/Lab
  • BIOL 226/227 Microbial Biology & Diversity/Lab
Six (6) hours required from the following:
  • BIOL 321 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIOL 324 Histology
  • BIOL 327 Genetics
  • BIOL 328 Immunology
  • BIOL 330 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 460 Parasitiology
  • Embryology (Not offered at WKU)
  • PHYS 332/333 Intro to Physics and Biophysics II/Lab

Required courses if not graduating with a 4-year degree (if admitted early):

  • ENG 100 Intro to College Writing
  • ENG 300 Writing in the Disciplines
  • ENG 200 Intro to Literature
  • ART 100 or MUSC 120 or THEA 151 or DANC 110
  • COMM 145 Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication
  • Foreign Language (102)
  • HIST 101 World History I
  • HIST 102 World History II
  • AGRI 108 Rural Sociology
  • PSY 100 or GOVT 110 or ECON 150
  • MATH 116


    For additional information about the Pre-Vet Curriculum, please contact Dr. Fred DeGraves (fred.degraves@wku.edu)

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