Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Sciences; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration Overview
Prepare for admission to veterinary school with the Pre-Veterinary Medicine program concentration at the University of Mary.
The Pre-Veterinary Medicine concentration, which can be added to any major, includes a rigorous 10-course curriculum that provides a strong base in biology and other sciences. Like all of our pre-professional concentrations, Pre-Veterinary Medicine also offers a wide range of leadership and service opportunities for students, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Pre-Veterinary Medicine: Program Highlights
Designed with veterinary school in mind
Gain valuable pre-professional preparation for veterinary school while working toward your bachelor’s degree at one of the most affordable private universities in the nation. Take part in seminars, independent research projects, practice interviews, and other opportunities for hands-on education in the veterinary field.
Real-world perspective in the classroom
Learn from exceptional educators who bring professional experience and a real-world perspective to the classroom.
Focused on service and ethics
Develop the skills to be a service-focused, ethical leader in a program grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.
Career Outlook for Veterinarians
Solid job growth
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects solid job growth (12 percent from 2012 to 2022) for the veterinary medicine field.
Veterinarians in the US earned a mean annual salary of $96,140 in 2013. Veterinarian salaries were highest in the scientific research and development services, with a mean annual pay of $134,230.
Veterinarians can find careers in diverse settings, including private clinics and hospitals, farms, laboratories, and classrooms.
Required Education to Become a Veterinarian
Veterinarians must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from an accredited veterinary college and a state license. Admission to veterinarian schools is very competitive, with fewer than half of applicants accepted in 2012. Many pre-veterinary students pursue a bachelor's degree in biology, zoology or a related field.
In addition to Pre-Veterinary Medicine, you can also take the following concentrations within your bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary:
- Chiropractic pre-professional concentration
- Dentistry pre-professional concentration
- Optometry pre-professional concentration
- Pharmacy pre-professional concentration
- Physician Assistant pre-professional concentration
- Podiatry pre-professional concentration
- Pre-law professional concentration
- Pre-med professional concentration
- Wildlife Management and Conservation Biology pre-professional concentration
At the University of Mary, you also have a number of options for pursuing your bachelor’s degree. In addition to a diverse selection of bachelor degree programs at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, we also offer selected undergraduate programs online and via flexible evening classes.
The Pre-Veterinary Medicine concentration at the University of Mary requires the following courses:
- BIO 103, 106, 311
- CHE 111, 112, 217, 318
- MAT 103 (or higher)
- PHY 203, 304
These courses are strongly recommended:
- BIO 207, 208
- CHE 310
- ENG 302