B.S. in Biology (PRE-VETERINARY)



Pre-Veterinary Advisor: Dr. Vickie McDonald

Office: LSC 021
Phone: 450-5924
Email: vickiem@uca.edu

Major and Concentration

Most pre-veterinary students are biology majors, with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine, although some are also chemistry majors. Undergraduates in the pre-veterinary field can aspire to be veterinarians or veterinary technicians. The pre-veterinary advisor will try to help students develop an academic plan which will meet the requirements at the specific veterinary school(s) the student will apply to.

Veterinary Schools

Most UCA students attend veterinary school at Louisiana State University, followed by Oklahoma State University and Tuskegee because they guarantee in-state fees.  LSU has a guaranteed admission for 9 Arkansas residents per year, which accounts for ~ 11% of each academic class entering the LSU veterinary school.  Of the Arkansas students who apply for admission to LSU, about 25% are admitted. For more information about course prerequisites read the Association of American Veterinary Medical College document. Learn more about Veterinary Opportunities.

Admission and Entrance Exam

Approximately 3-4 UCA students are admitted to a veterinary school per year.

To be competitive for admission into a veterinary school it is recommended that students have at least a GPA of 3.5.  The entering class at LSU in 2006 had a mean GPA of 3.7-3.8.  The entering class at Iowa State University in 2006 had a mean GPA of 3.5

Each Veterinary school has specific undergraduate pre-requisites for admission. Some course-by-course equivalent between UCA and neighboring veterinary schools are Louisiana State University & Mississippi State University

Each school has their own entrance exam requirement. Most will require students to take the General GRE, the Subject GRE, and/or the VCAT. Contact the school you plan to apply to for specific information on entrance exam requirement.

Pre-Veterinary Club

UCA has an active pre-veterinary club which is an asset for students. Contact Dr. Vickie McDonald (vickiem@uca.edu) for more information.

For more information about specific veterinary school requirements click on the links below.

Louisiana State University

Mississippi State University

Oklahoma State University

Tuskegee University

University of Missouri

Associated of American Veterinary Colleges

APVMA Newsletters

APVMA_Summer Newsletter 2016