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Preveterinary Medicine

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.

Visit the program website for more information.

Students are admitted directly into this program.

Program Overview

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.

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:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physics

Career Options

Students become veterinarians, or professionals in related fields, such as:

  • Agribusiness
  • Animal care
  • Public health
  • Research
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Zoology

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Biology Department
3300a Kindschi Hall of Science
Dr. Joseph J. Jacquot
(616) 331-2470
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“Because of small class sizes and a wonderful teaching environment, we look forward to students from Grand Valley.”