Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Advisor: Dr. Vickie McDonald
Office: LSC 021
Phone: 450-5924

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.

The Pre-Vet Learning Outcomes for UCA’s pre-Vet curriculum will allow you to plan and understand the academic path needed to be a successful applicant to a veterinary medicine program.   In general, it answers the common student question of “WHY” these classes and experiences are needed.

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 it is recommended that Arkansas students have at least a GPA of 3.5 to 3.7.  Because Arkansas doesn’t have an in-state veterinary school it is more competitive for Arkansas students to be admitted to an out-of-state school.

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, and sometimes the Subject GRE. Contact the school you plan to apply to for specific information on entrance exam requirement.

The entering Fall 2023 statistics (GPA, GRE, etc) for those admitted students to all the veterinary schools in the US can be found here.

Pre-Veterinary Club

UCA has an active pre-veterinary/humane society club which is an asset for students. Contact Dr. Vickie McDonald ( for more information.

American Pre-Vet Medical Association Newsletters

APVMA Summer 2023 Newsletter

Addition 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