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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

The pre-veterinary medicine program at North Dakota State University provides students the opportunity to complete all of the requirements for admission to any of the veterinary colleges in the United States.

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The Program

The pre-veterinary medicine program is not a degree-granting program. It is important, therefore, to identify an appropriate major early in your college career that does grant a degree. There are several reasons for committing to a degree-granting program. Although the pre-veterinary medicine requirements can be met in three years, most veterinary colleges give extra consideration for a degree when you apply. Additionally, a significant number of students make changes in career goals while at NDSU. Therefore, identifying a degree-granting program early often saves time later. We strongly encourage you to explore alternative careers by taking survey courses in various departments, by enrolling in career planning courses and by taking full advantage of the Career Resource Center located in the Counseling Center in Ceres Hall. Survey courses related to potential majors are found in many areas, including microbiology, animal science, biology, equine science, chemistry, biochemistry, zoology, botany, food safety and food science.

Veterinary School Preparation

The pre-veterinary medicine program prepares students for admission to all veterinary colleges in the United States, Canada and selected foreign countries. Most North Dakota residents, however, prepare for admission to the veterinary colleges in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon or California because of contractual or Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) admission agreements with these states. Pre-veterinary students who are North Dakota residents must register with the State Board of Higher Education, (701) 224-2541, in the year of their application, in order to establish eligibility for contract seats with veterinary colleges. These contract seats allow accepted North Dakota residents to attend participating veterinary colleges for instate tuition.

It is important, especially if you are not a resident of North Dakota, to identify early in the pre-veterinary medicine program those veterinary colleges to which you will most likely apply. A course catalog from that college is helpful when planning your preveterinary medicine program and in answering specific questions. It will be up to you to write or call for a catalog. In addition, your advisor should be a valuable resource on admission procedures. Application for veterinary school can be completed on the Veterinary Medical College Application System (VMCAS) website:

Pre-Veterinary Advising

The Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences is housed in Van Es Hall, located on the west end of the NDSU campus adjoining Centennial Boulevard. The Department of Animal Sciences is located in Hultz Hall. Faculty members in both departments are involved with teaching and research.

All faculty members are available for advice and consultation. Preveterinary medicine students are assigned an official advisor; however, we encourage contact with other faculty members to derive the benefit of different experiences, backgrounds and advice.

We encourage all students interested in any aspect of veterinary medicine to enroll in VETS 150 - Introduction to the Veterinary Profession.

The Pre-Vet Club

The Pre-Vet Club at NDSU is open to any student interested in veterinary medicine. Students from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College, and the University of North Dakota have been members of the club in past years. The club provides exploration of various career options within the veterinary profession through guest speakers, films, videos and field trips. Some students attend the National Pre-Veterinary Symposium each year. The club provides an excellent opportunity to interact with other students with common career goals. Social activities also are an important part of the club's programs. Specific information about the Pre-Vet Club is available from departmental advisors.


Several scholarships, including the Dr. Sidney S. Bjornson Scholarship, Agnes and Axel Kongslie Scholarships, Gertrude Ostby Memorial Scholarship and Dr. Peter B. Molitor Scholarship, are available annually to pre-veterinary students. Information about these scholarships is available from the pre-veterinary advisors at the departmental address on this fact sheet. Scholarship applications also are available from the department.

Also, pre-veterinary students are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded through the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Each year, students enrolled in the college receive more than $100,000 from the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources Scholarship Program. A booklet that contains a complete listing of the scholarships is available directly from the college. To receive a copy of the scholarship booklet, contact the Office of the Dean, College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources, NDSU, Dept 2200, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050.

Sample Curriculum

First year
1   AGRI 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3, 1   BIOL 150, 150L - General Biology I and Lab
3, 1   BIOL 151, 151L - General Biology II and Lab 
3, 1   CHEM 121, 121L - General Chemistry I and Lab
3, 1   CHEM 122, 122L - General Chemistry II and Lab   
3   COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3   ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3   MATH 103 - College Algebra 
    MATH 105 - Trigonometry or        
3 or 4      MATH 146 - Applied Calculus
1   VETS 150 - Introduction to the Veterinary Profession
33-34   Total
Credits   Second year
3   VETS 135 - Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals [1]
3, 1   CHEM 341, 341L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab   
3   CHEM 342, - Organic Chemistry II [1] 
3, 1   PHYS 211, 211L - College Physics I and Lab   
3, 1   PHYS 212, 212L - College Physics II and Lab
3   Humanities and Fine Arts Elective
3   Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective 
6   Electives
30   Total
Credits   Third year
4   BIOC 260 - Elements of Biochemistry [2]
3, 2   MICR 350, 350L - General Microbiology and Lab [5],[6]
3   STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics [4]
3, 1   ZOO 315, 315L - Genetics and Lab [3]
3   Humanities and Fine Arts Electives
3   Social and Behavioral Sciences Electives
12   Electives
33   Total

[1] Iowa State University (For VETS 135 can substitute ZOO 220 or ZOO 280)
[2] Depending upon the major chosen, may require BIOC 460/461 series
[3] Cross listed as BIOL 315/315L
[4] Colorado State University
[5] University of Minnesota
[6] Kansas State University

Please call the departments any time to be directed to a pre-veterinary medicine advisor to discuss specific questions.

Note: Admission requirements change often. Students should consult the veterinary schools or their advisor(s) for current requirements. The courses as noted in this sample curriculum are usually taken as part of some major course of study, such as microbiology, animal sciences, etc. Veterinary schools require courses in the humanities and the social sciences. In addition to course work requirements, veterinary schools evaluate animal and veterinary experience in their admission process.

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Van Es Hall
Lab 150

Van Es Hall is located on the west side of campus on Centennial Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences
North Dakota State University
Van Es 150
Dept #7690, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7667 / Fax: (701) 231-9692


Department of Animal Sciences
North Dakota State University
Hultz 100
Dept #7630, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7641 / Fax: (701) 231-7590

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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