Degree type(s): Pre-Professional Concentration
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Sciences; Biology
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration

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.

Program Highlights

  1. Designed with veterinary school in mind

    Gain valuable pre-professional preparation for veterinary school while working toward your bachelor’s degree. The pre-veterinary practicum course is designed for students to gain credit for the experience of working with a veterinarian that is required for application to veterinary school. In addition, students take part in seminars, independent research projects, practice interviews, and other opportunities for hands-on education in the veterinary field.  

  2. Real-world perspective in the classroom

    Learn from exceptional educators who bring professional experience and a real-world perspective to the classroom.

  3. Focused on service and ethics

    Develop the skills to be a service-focused, ethical leader in a program grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values.

Career Outlook for Veterinarians

Solid job growth

Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, more than three times the average for all occupations. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good.

Annual salary

Veterinarians in the United States earned a mean annual salary of $95,460 in 2019.

Career options

Veterinarians can find careers in diverse settings, including private clinics and hospitals, farms, laboratories, and classrooms.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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 all applicants nationwide accepted in 2019 to the 30 accredited schools in the United States. The majority of pre-veterinary students at the University of Mary pursue a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


In addition to Pre-Veterinary Medicine, you can also take the following concentrations within your bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary:

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.