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Veterinarian School Course Requirements

Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply to—this is only a guide.

Class Semesters Skidmore Course (s) Notes
General chemistry one semester with lab* CH 125 *must take placement test
Organic chemistry two semesters with lab CH 221 CH 222  
Biochemistry one semester CH 341

Metabolism not covered in CH 341. Coverage in BI 246, CH 342, EX 361A and EX 361I.

General biology two semesters with lab BI 105 BI 106  
Microbiology one semester with lab BI 245 New for MCAT 2015
General physics two semesters with lab* PY 207 PY 208 *Must take calculus I and II to take physics at Skidmore.
English 2 classes    

Note: Many vet schools require five semesters of chemistry courses with lab starting with General Chemistry. CH 232 (Analytical Methods), CH 214 (Inorganic Chemistry), or CH 342 (Biochemistry-Intermediary Metabolism) with CH 343 (Experimental Biochemistry Lab) are possible options for a fifth course with lab.


Veterinary medical school admission requirements vary by program and sometimes change over time. It is important to identify programs of interest early in your academic career to make informed decisions about your coursework.


The General Records Exam is a computer-adaptive test offered hundreds of time per year in a variety of locations. If you plan to seek immediate entry to a veterinary medicine program upon graduation, consider taking the GRE in the spring or early in the summer of your junior year.  Applications are due in September and October of your senior year. There is a fee-reduction program that discounts the exam by 50% for those who qualify. Please note: You must apply for fee assistance well in advance of taking the GRE, at least 30 days.