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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The pre-veterinary medicine curriculum at UNK is designed to comply with admission requirements of the veterinary medicine cooperative professional program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)/Iowa State University (ISU). This is the only such program with a contract relationship with the State of Nebraska. Students start taking pre-veterinary classes at UNK and then if admitted into the professional program start classes at UNL and finish clinical courses at ISU.

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Introductory Information

  1. Students planning to pursue any science-related career should have a strong high school background (grades 9 through 12) including four years each of English, mathematics, and sciences. Strong preparation in social sciences, literature, and fine arts is also recommended. An ACT composite score of at least 20 should be attained.

  2. The Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum at UNK is designed to comply with admission requirements of the Veterinary Medicine cooperative professional program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)/Iowa State University (ISU). This is the only such program with a contract relationship with the State of Nebraska. Students start taking pre-veterinary classes at UNK and then if admitted into the professional program start classes at UNL and finish clinical courses at ISU.  

  3. The curriculum at UNK preceding the professional program at UNL/ISU includes course work indicated by UNL/ISU as pre-professional courses, which are required to prepare the student for the extremely rigorous demands of the professional program. It is the ultimate responsibility of the student to be sure these requirements are met, as failure to do so will prevent a student from being considered for the program.

  4. It must be emphasized that completion of the Pre-professional requirements at UNK does NOT guarantee acceptance into the professional program. Each student is responsible for his/her own application for admission to the UNL/ISU program.

  5. Students desiring to attend a professional veterinary medicine program at a university other than UNL/ISU should obtain a catalog from that university and insure that their curriculum at UNK is planned according to admission requirements of that institution. The faculty advisor for pre-veterinary medicine at UNK will be glad to assist in this planning.

  6. Students planning a career in veterinary medicine should have as much experience with animals and veterinary medicine as possible, and a reference from a veterinarian is required for admission to UNL/ISU. This means that working with animals in a paid or non-paid position is strongly recommended even before undergraduate course work, and at least during these years as much as possible. Some Kearney veterinarians employ pre-vet students part-time while they’re attending UNK, and students often secure such employment in or outside Kearney during the summer months, sometimes on a full-time basis.

  7. Veterinarians often become prominent people in their communities, so students are encouraged to be as well-rounded in their pre-professional education as possible. This would include, for example, good public speaking preparation, good personal relationship skills, and good business comprehension. A reasonable, but not extensive, blending of campus activities with academic work can provide good personal development along these lines. One skill seriously examined by all applicants to their program is that of personal time management.

  8. Searching the World Wide Web provides excellent information you should explore: Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, American Veterinary Medicine Association, NetVet Veterinary Resources.

Suggested Coursework at UNK

Pre-professional Courses for UNL/ISU

To be eligible for admission to the professional D.V.M. degree-program at University of Nebraska -Lincoln/Iowa State University, students must first complete 70 hours of course work, including the UNK courses listed below, with a minimum G.P.A. as specified by UNL/ISU. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination is also required.

Course Name

Department & Number

Course Name

Department & Number

Expository Writing

ENG 101 (3 hrs)

General Physics

PHYS 205 or 206 (5 hrs)

Expository Writing

ENG 102 (3 hrs)

General Chemistry I

CHEM 160 (4 hrs)

Fundamentals of Speech

SPCH 100 (3 hrs)

General Chemistry II

CHEM 161 (4 hrs)

Biology I

BIOL 105 (4 hrs)

Organic Chemistry

CHEM 360 (5 hrs)

Biology II

BIOL 106 (4 hrs)

Organic Chemistry

CHEM 361 (5 hrs)

Anatomy/Physiology

BIOL 225 (4 hrs)

Biochemistry

CHEM 351 (4 hrs)

Genetics

BIOL 360 (4 hrs)

In addition to the courses listed above: 

General Studies courses in Humanities and/or Social & Behavioral Sciences: 8 hours

General electives (any courses): 8 hours

Contact for UNK Pre-Veterinary

The faculty advisor for the Pre-Veterinary Medicine program is Dr. Paul Twigg, Department of Biology, Greenhouse, Bruner Hall of Science, phone 308-865-8315. I’ll be glad to help you in any way, and invite you to contact me whenever you need assistance during your time at UNK! (FAX: 308-865-8045; Internet electronic mail address: twiggp@unk.edu)

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