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  • Designation means that the student wants to attend vet school
  • Students should consult websites of vet schools to which they will apply to confirm admission requirements and acceptance criteria
  • Required pre-vet courses must be completed by June 15 of year student plans to enroll in vet school
  • Pre-vet curriculum takes about three years to complete
  • Some students choose to get a bachelor’s degree before applying
  • If students gain admission to vet school prior to graduation, they may obtain a degree by successfully completing the first six semesters of certain AU curricula and the first year of vet school.
  • Most efficient majors to complete admission requirements and work toward a degree include Zoology, Microbiology, Animal and Dairy Sciences, Poultry Sciences, and Wildlife Management
  • In choosing a major, students should consider alternative career plans in case they decide not to apply to vet school or are not admitted
  • Pre-vet students should gain experience in working with animals in non-pet settings
  • Pre-vet students may be required to take an admission test like the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Pre-vet students should apply early and to all vet schools in their home states and to schools that have reciprocal agreements with their home states for preferential admission status
  • Applications to vet school available at www.aavmc.org
  • Useful WWW links

     

PVET Frequently Asked Questions

PVET Questions [ PDF File ]

 

 

 

 

Is application to vet school a separate process from application to college?
Yes

 

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Must students attend Auburn University for the pre-vet experience to go to Auburn's vet school?
No. Although most students in the Alabama pool have attended Auburn, many have not.  It is important, though, that students have the pre-vet experience at a creditable academic institution.

 

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Can students attend Auburn for the pre-vet experience and subsequently go to another vet school?
Yes.

 

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How competitive is admission to vet school?
Admission to vet school is always competitive, and more students apply than are accepted. In recent years the size of the Alabama applicant pool has been about 3 times the size of the accepted pool. In other words, chances are about one in three for acceptance.

 

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What sorts of grades must students earn to stand a reasonably good chance of being accepted?
The average GPA of those students admitted in the Alabama pool was nearly a 3.5. Few students with a GPA less than 3.0 are admitted, although these standards can vary from school to school and from year to year.

 

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When do students apply to vet school?
Applications are due on October 1, about one calendar year prior to the date of entry for vet school.

 

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Must students have any particular major in college to go to vet school?
No, students only have to complete the pre-vet admission requirements.

 

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If students already have a degree, do they still have to take all the pre-vet requirements?
Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree from any accredited institution do not have to take Auburn's core courses.  All other pre-vet courses or their equivalents are required.  Organic chemistry and physics courses must have been completed within six calendar years prior to the anticipated date of enrollment in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

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How many students are accepted into Auburn University's Vet School each year?
Ninety students are accepted each year, 46 students in the Alabama pool, 34 students in the Kentucky pool, and 10 in the at-large pool.  Official residency on the date of submitting the application dictates the pool in which the application will be placed.

 

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What is the current job market for veterinarians?
The current job market is good, and Auburn graduates have little trouble in finding employment.

 

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How many years does it take to become a veterinarian?
Training to become a veterinarian involves a college (pre-vet) and a vet school experience.  The pre-vet experience requires at least three years, and vet school requires four years.

 

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