Welcome to the College of the Ozarks Pre-Veterinary program page! This program track is designed to help students succeed in their veterinarian education. The suggested Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum is based on those courses that fulfill or exceed the 60 core hours required to enter the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine. If alternate choices of veterinary programs are considered, students should individually tailor their program to fit that school’s requirements.

Pre-Veterinary Track

Pre-Veterinary Requirements For Program Admission

Students need a minimum of 40 hours (more hours are suggested) observing one or more veterinarians actively engaged in their normal work environments through at least one credit hour of internship. Admission to veterinary school is very competitive, and the student should prepare for another career in case he or she is not admitted to veterinary school.




MAT 175 Calculus I

English or Communication courses: 6 hours from the following or more advanced courses
ENG 303 College Composition II
SPC 103 Public Speaking
SPC 203 Interpersonal Communications

Inorganic Chemistry:
CHE 114 General Chemistry I
CHE 124 General Chemistry II WI

Organic Chemistry:
CHE 215 Organic Chemistry I
CHE 225 Organic Chemistry II WI

CHE 424 Biochemistry

PHY 225 General Physics I
PHY 235 General Physics II

Biological Sciences:
BIO 114 General Zoology
BIO 124 General Botany
One or more additional courses for science majors

Social Sciences:
10 hours (May include courses from history, economics, political science, geography, literature, mythology, psychology, and philosophy)

Internship: 1 hour (more hours are desirable)
Observing one or more veterinarians actively engaged in their normal work environments

Electives: 10 hours



CHE 314 Physical Chemistry I
CHE 324 Physical Chemistry II
CHE 334 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
CHE 344 Instrumental Chemical Analysis

BIO 244 Cell Biology
BIO 304 Microbiology
BIO 434 Animal Physiology
BIO 444 Genetics

AGR 114 Animal Science
AGR 283 Animal Health
AGR 303 Animal Nutrition
AGR 313 Animal Breeding
AGR 402 Artificial Breeding

ENG 333 Technical Writing

A minor in Animal Science is an excellent option for the Pre-Veterinary student allowing an opportunity for the students to be involved with College of the Ozarks farm through the Work Education program. If the Animal Science minor is not viable, then any or all of the listed courses are recommended.

Students should contact the University of Missouri College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or Admission Advisor for advisement during the fall semester preceding the application to veterinary medicine program.

Objectives of Pre-Veterinary Programs

Pre-Veterinary track students will be expected to:

  • In addition to the above credit hours, it is recommended that students should include a major(s) in Chemistry, Biology and/or Agriculture.
  • Pre-Veterinary students should expect to take courses beyond the minimum needed to graduate. It is recommended that the student take very high course loads since this is considered highly as a criterion for admission to veterinary school.

Program Advisor:
Dr. Kenny Garrison
Chemistry Department
College of the Ozarks
P.O. Box 17, Point Lookout, MO 65726
(417) 690-2236

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