Vets attending to a dog

About the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

On Campus

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine program at UNK will prepare you for further education as an animal healthcare professional. This program is designed to comply with admission requirements of the Veterinary Medicine Cooperative Professional program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Iowa State University. This is the only such program with a contract relationship with Nebraska.

Students begin by taking pre-veterinary classes at UNK and then, if admitted into the professional program, start classes at UNL and finish clinical courses at ISU. Students can also be accepted into other veterinary programs if they wish, but should obtain catalog information from their desired school and meet with their faculty advisor to insure that their curriculum at UNK is planned according to the admission requirements of that institution.

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum includes coursework indicated by UNL/ISU as pre-professional courses, which are required to prepare students for the extremely rigorous demands of the professional program. 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 coursework with a minimum G.P.A. as specified by UNL/ISU. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination is also required.

Completion of the Pre-professional requirements at UNK does not guarantee acceptance into the professional program. Each student is responsible for their own application for admission to the UNL/ISU program.

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 coursework, and as much as possible during the program. 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.

American Veterinary Medical Association American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges

If you have questions about the pre-vet program, please contact:

Dr. Paul Twigg
Professor of Biology
twiggp@unk.edu

Pre Veterinary Medicine Program at a Glance

79

Credit Hours

General Studies requirement has been reduced to 30 credit hrs allowing more freedom and making it easier to transfer to UNK.

$209

Per Credit Hour

With the New Nebraskan Scholarship all undergraduate students pay in-state tuition

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