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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

1409 Animal Sciences Center, 301-405-6495

University of Maryland students in any major may prepare for admission to veterinary school by completing the basic science and other courses required by veterinary colleges. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources major in Animal Sciences (Science/Pre-professional option) includes many of the commonly required courses; however, students should consult catalogs from the veterinary schools to which they are interested in applying to determine the specific courses required by each.  That information is available through the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges ( www.aavmc.org/ ).

Advising for pre-veterinary students occurs at two levels: initially, Dr. Sarah Balcom, DVM,  pre-veterinary advisor in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences (1409 Animal Sciences Center; 301-405-6495 or email at sbalcom@umd.edu ), will advise students, regardless of major, about preparing for veterinary school.  During the freshmen and sophomore years, advising is done through spring group advising meetings which cover topics such as coursework, grades, finances, extra-curricular activities, gaining animal and veterinary experience, and securing academic and professional references.  For students in the process of applying to veterinary school, Dr. Balcom is available for email and one-on-one consultations. As students progress and establish academic credentials, they should also use the advising resources of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 8075 Greenmead Drive, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-3711.  Dr. Nathaniel Tablante (301-314-6810, nlt@umd.edu ) is the pre-veterinary advisor for the Regional College at that location. 

There is also a active pre-veterinary society ( http://agnr.umd.edu/students/clubs-and-organizations/veterinary-science-club ) on campus that provides its members with regular speakers, animal volunteering opportunities, networking, and comradery. Pre-veterinary students are strongly encouraged to join. 

Pre-veterinary students are asked to read our Pre-veterinary advising guide ( http://ansc.umd.edu/undergraduate/vet-school-faq ), as it answers many common questions about preparing for and applying to veterinary schools.

Early Admission:
Students enrolled in the Combined Degree Option ( http://ansc.umd.edu/undergraduate/program-options/combined-ag-veterinary-medicine-1299d ) are eligible for a special degree program that confers a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Students who will have completed 90 undergraduate credits (including all science courses required for veterinary school application and university general education) and who will have met other application criteria for veterinary schools by the end of the junior year, may apply in the Fall of their junior year.  If they matriculate in an accredited college of veterinary medicine, they may apply the successful completion of the first thirty hours of their professional training towards the completion of their baccalaureate degree. See the Undergraduate Catalog entry for Animal Sciences for more details.

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