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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
Chemistry four to five semesters with lab typically required, including general and organic chemistry, and, increasingly, biochemistry CH 125 or 126
CH 221
CH 222
CH 341 with CH 342 recommended
Must take General Chemistry Placement Diagnostic. Schools that require two semesters of general chemistry will typically count CH 341 as the second semester (CH 115 does not fulfill the requirement). A number of schools require four semesters of chemistry and a semester of biochemistry. CH 342 can be taken as biochemistry without a lab as many programs prefer a full-year of biochemistry if possible. If lab is required for 5th CH course, CH 342 can be paired with CH 343.
General biology two semesters with lab BI 107
BI 108
Microbiology one semester with lab BI 246  
General physics two semesters with lab* PY 130 (formerly 207)
PY 140 (formerly 208)
*Must take calculus I and II (or place out of them) to take physics at Skidmore.
English 2 classes    


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.