The preveterinary medical program within the School of Veterinary Medicine provides a firm foundation for veterinary medical studies. The initial years of study incorporate basic undergraduate courses in reading, writing, and mathematics with the necessary science foundation courses for a well-rounded education. The final year introduces some disciplines that students will study in greater depth in the veterinary medical program; others, such as biochemistry, are completed in the preveterinary medical program. Mastery of English and study skills are also emphasized. Students will have some exposure to clinical veterinary medical practice both in clinics and in the field.
Depending on the country of origin and academic background, students enter the preveterinary medical program for a period of one to three years with the expectation of eventually being promoted into veterinary medicine when the preveterinary medical studies are completed. When students apply for entry into preveterinary medicine, a decision will be made as to whether or not they have the academic background to enter directly into the third year. Students who lack an appropriate foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, social sciences, mathematics, written and spoken English, and/or mature study skills will be asked to complete a preparatory program that is between one and four semesters in length.
The veterinary medical program curriculum is extremely demanding and students are required to demonstrate their ability to succeed both in terms of knowledge base and interpersonal skills. Promotion into the veterinary medical program is dependent upon successfully completing the third year of the preveterinary medical program with a minimum grade point average of 3.2, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination at the end of the year. Students who do not hold a first degree and wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the course of their studies may be eligible to do so. Evaluation of prior educational background will determine eligibility and placement within the BS/DVM program.
Applicants presenting secondary school, Advanced Level of the General Certificate of Education, the International Baccalaureate, or university/college undergraduate credentials will be assessed individually, and will be considered for appropriate entry into the preveterinary medical program.
Preveterinary Medicine: Year 1
a. Passes in GCSE Ordinary Levels (or the equivalent) are required in Mathematics, Science, Biology, Chemistry, English, and at least one other subject.
b. High school diploma (or the equivalent) with a strong GPA in science and SAT scores.
Preveterinary Medicine: Year 2
a. A Matriculation Examination, such as the South African or Australian Examination (or its equivalent), with strong science grades.
b. Minimum of 30 university/college undergraduate level credits that include some science foundation courses.*
Preveterinary Medicine: Year 3
a. IB Diploma or a minimum of three GCE Advanced Level Examinations (or the equivalent) with strong science grades.
b. Minimum of 60 university/college undergraduate level credits that include all science foundation courses,* with the exception of Biochemistry and Genetics.
* The science foundation courses are the following requisite undergraduate level courses for promotion into the veterinary medical program: Biology I and II with lab, Organic Chemistry I with lab, Inorganic Chemistry I and II with lab, at least one semester Physics with lab, one semester of Genetics, one semester of Biochemistry, either one semester of Calculus, Computer Science or Statistics, one semester of English and Organic Chemistry II with lab,or appropriate science elective.
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