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Pre-Veterinary Science

Do you aspire to serve the health and welfare needs of animals? A pre-vet degree program can make the difference in your career and in the lives of the creatures you serve by helping you prepare to pursue a veterinary career. Our pre-vet program can be a vital step in your undergraduate education to develop the skills you need for a rewarding role in the veterinary field. This program can also lead to careers in a variety of natural science disciplines.  

 

What is a Pre-Vet Degree?

This pre-vet program prepares students for advanced veterinary studies with a well-rounded undergraduate education in general subjects, including English, mathematics, social sciences and the humanities. Through a choice of a biology or chemistry track, our pre-vet program enriches general studies with the emphasis on natural sciences you need to thrive in a veterinary school program. 

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What Can You Do with a Pre-Vet Major?

A pre-vet major in undergraduate studies can help build the foundational understanding needed to excel in veterinary science studies or a post-baccalaureate path toward natural sciences. Whether you hope to heal animals or drive life-saving discoveries through research, there are many rewarding careers to choose from.

For those with an interest in veterinary medicine, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a much-faster-than average growth rate of 16 percent through 2029—that’s an additional 14,200 veterinarian jobs!

Graduates who aspire to scientific research or other careers in the animal health industry can take advantage of a faster-than-average 5 percent growth rate for chemical and material scientist and natural sciences managers job fields. BLS projects an additional 4,300 jobs added by 2029 for chemical and material scientists and 3,400 jobs for natural sciences managers. Opportunities in this field can include the following: 

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Equine Veterinarian
  • Small Animal Veterinarian
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Laboratory Director
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Chemist

Veterinary practitioners can take advantage of diverse work settings, including private clinics, hospitals, farms, laboratories, classrooms and zoos. Veterinarians also have the opportunity for exciting diversity in the patients they treat—from domestic pets to farm and ranch animals to a variety of wildlife species. 

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Is a Pre-Vet Degree Worth It?

Earning a pre-vet program helps you prepare for advanced studies in your areas of interest that can, ultimately, build momentum toward a rewarding career. Benefits of pursuing your pre-vet degree at University of the Cumberlands include:

  • Expanded career opportunities. A well-rounded undergraduate program can expand your opportunities, whether you hope to join the field immediately or continue on with your studies and take aim at a career down the road. 
  • Dedicated advisors. Our advisors offer expertise in guiding your biology or chemistry track learning goals, from understanding the courses required for degree completion to understanding the procedures and requirements necessary for a postbaccalaureate education in your field of interest. 
  • Meet your requirements. A pre-vet degree could help you meet certain academic pre reqs for entry into veterinary school. Your pre-vet courses can also better prepare you for success in advanced classes in your area of interest at the graduate level.  

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Curriculum and Degree Requirements

In preparation for admission to veterinary school, your pre-veterinary college program should help you obtain a broad background in natural sciences, social studies, and humanities. However, you should consult bulletins from your chosen veterinary school for specific entrance requirements.

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Tuition

Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees.

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Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to this program, click here to view the undergraduate, on-campus admissions information. 

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Accreditation

Click here to view University of the Cumberlands' accreditation information. 

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