A career in veterinary medicine gives students the opportunity to model the best in themselves through their compassionate attention to animals' health, welfare, and conservation. Never before has animal life been of greater interest to our increasingly urbanized society or of greater importance to our agricultural production of food. And, never before has our obligation to care for animals been higher.
Although not a requirement for veterinary school admissions, students pursuing veterinary medicine can major in biology with a preveterinary emphasis and receive the advising they need to be well-prepared for veterinary schools around the world.
Early consultation with preveterinary advisors in the Biology department and CLAS Academic Advising Center is strongly encouraged. It is also important for students to determine program specific requirements for the veterinary schools where they will apply.
Why Study Preveterinary Medicine at Grand Valley?
- Experienced faculty and staff members are available to advise students on how to complete the requirements for and get into veterinary school in the most efficient way possible.
- Faculty are involved in a broad range of research providing many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in a variety of projects.
- Most GVSU students complete their professional veterinary training at Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. The courses outlined in the preveterinary studies emphasis in biology meet all MSU course requirements.
- Students can become involved in the Grand Valley Preveterinary Club, an organization devoted to providing a collegiate atmosphere and to assist students seeking careers as veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
- The program produces students well-prepared for veterinary school.
This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.
Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
- Face To Face
In addition to completing core biology courses, preveterinary medicine students take courses in:
- Organic chemistry
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
“Because of small class sizes and a wonderful teaching environment, we look forward to students from Grand Valley.”
ASSISTANT DEAN, ADMISSIONS, SCHOLARSHIPS, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, MSU COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE