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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

A strong high school background in biology, chemistry, mathemetics and physics is highly beneficial for those interested in pursuing veterinary medicine as a career. The rigorous university curriculum is designed to allow students to meet the 60 hour minimum requirement for application to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. (See Animal Science Curriculum for an example of the specific courses at Lincoln University that meet the requirements.)

Students completing:

  1. the courses outlined below, and
  2. the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT)

within three years of application and receiving a minimum score of 20 are eligible to apply. However, most students admitted to each freshman clas sin veterinary school have completed their Batchelor of Science degrees. The majority of these students have majored in Animal Science or Biology. Non-academic activities are also important criteria for acceptance with a minimum 40 hours required observance of veterinarian(s) actively engaged in clinical work. Additional public activities are highly recommended. For additional information, contact the Department of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at 573-681-5967.

Required Courses

6 hours composition                                            ENG 101 and 102
3 hours of college algebra                                  
MAT 114 Plane Trigonometry
8 hours of inorganic chemistry                           
CHM 101 and 102
5 hours of organic chemistry with a lab              
CHM 301 and plus CHM 303 (one of the laboratories)
3 hours of biochemistry                                      
CHM 306
5 hours of non-calcuulus based physics            
PHY 101 and 102
10 hours of biological science                             Choose from the following:
                                                                           
BIO 103 and BIO 104L Principles of Biology with Lab
                                                                           
BIO 310 Genetics
                                                                           
BIO 301 Microbiology
10 hours of social science or humanities
10 hours of electives (for example, Nutrition, Reproductive Physiology, etc.)