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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

0105 Symons Hall, 301-314-7222

University of Maryland students in any major may prepare for admission to veterinary school by completing the basic science and other courses required by veterinary colleges. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources major in Animal Sciences major (Science/Pre-professional option) is designed to prepare students for the predominance of those required courses. However, students should consult catalogs from the veterinary schools to which they are interested in applying to determine the specific courses required by each.  That information is also available through the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges: www.aavmc.org .

Advising for pre-veterinary students occurs at two levels: initially, Ms. Libby Dufour, pre-veterinary advisor in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences (1415 Animal Sciences Center; 301-405-1373 or email at libbyd@umd.edu ), will advise students, regardless of major, about the basic courses required by most veterinary schools. As students progress and establish academic credentials, they should also use the advising resources of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 8075 Greenmead Drive, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-3711. Dr. Valerie Ragan (301-314-6820, vragan@umd.edu ) is the pre-veterinary advisor for the Regional College at that location.

Early Admission:
Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are eligible for a special degree program that confers a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Students who will have completed 90 undergraduate credits (including all science courses required for veterinary school application and university general education) and will have met other application criteria for veterinary schools by the end of the junior year, may apply in the Fall of their junior year.  If they matriculate in an accredited college of veterinary medicine, they may apply the successful completion of the first thirty hours of their professional training towards the completion of their baccalaureate degree. See the Undergraduate Catalog entry for Animal Sciences for more details.

Further information on pre-veterinary education in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources may be obtained by contacting Ms. April Brohawn (301-314-7222 or email abrohawn@umd.edu ).

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