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Preparing for Veterinary School

Many students enrolled in the Science Option of the Animal Science major are preparing for veterinary school. The combination of academic work and hands-on experience make this option an excellent pre-vet curriculum.

Interested in veterinary school?

Many students enrolled in the Science Option of the Animal Science Major are preparing for veterinary school. The combination of academic work and hands-on experience make the Science Option an excellent pre-vet curriculum:

  • In-depth study in the basic sciences relevant to animal biology - including biological and physical sciences, nutrition, genetics, reproduction, and physiology
  • Laboratory experience
  • Hands-on experience with animals in Penn State's farm facilities
  • Practical experience in related student clubs as well as teams and competitions

How can I get research experience?

Research experience involving laboratory and field work is critical if you plan to apply to veterinary school. Do not graduate without it!

Here's how to get research experience while you are an undergraduate: 

  • Get to know your professors, and talk to them about their research. You might want to do your homework first and read their vitae .
  • Ask to assist with a research project. This can be a paid (or unpaid) internship, part-time employment while taking classes, a summer job, an independent study project, or even noncredit volunteer work. Remember: it's getting the experience that's important!
  • Come up with a research project of your own. This can be an independent-study project or an on-the-job project that contributes to a larger research effort.
  • Author or co-author a research paper. Look for opportunities to collaborate with faculty-led teams on publishing research findings.
  • Seek out summer internships that involve laboratory, field, and clinical work related to animal biology or medicine.
  • When applying to vet school, seek a recommendation from one or more employers for whom you have done research work.