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 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

  1. 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.   

  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, Benedictine values.


Career Outlook for Veterinarians

Solid job growth

Solid job growth is projected for the veterinary medicine field with an expansion of 9% from 2014 to 2024.

Annual salary

Veterinarians in the US earned a mean annual salary of $88,770 in 2016. Veterinarian salaries were highest in the scientific research and development services, with a mean annual pay of $134,230.

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 2016-17 Edition

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:

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

Scholarships/Financial Aid

Admission Requirements