Pre-Vet Medicine

The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program at North Dakota State University provides you the opportunity to complete all of the requirements for admission to any of the veterinary colleges in the United States, Canada, and some foreign countries. Most North Dakota residents, however, prepare for admission to the veterinary college in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, or California. In the mid 1980’s North Dakota became an affiliate member of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) which provides access to educational opportunities for North Dakota students at veterinary colleges in all western states. The North Dakota University System also maintains membership in North Dakota/Minnesota Reciprocity program which is set up so North Dakota residents who attend Minnesota colleges and universities don’t have to pay out-of-state tuition. The Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) provides access to out-of-state institutions for North Dakota residents wanting to enter veterinary medicine or other professional programs not available in North Dakota.

Pre-veterinary medicine students are assigned an official advisor; however, we encourage contacts with all faculty members in the department for the benefit of their experience, background, and advice.

It is important for you, 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 catalog from that college is helpful when planning your Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program and in answering specific questions. Your advisor is a very valuable resource in this regard. When you are ready to apply for admission to veterinary colleges the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) can streamline the process for you.

There are a number of courses offered by the department that can be taken by pre-veterinary medicine students. These include all the undergraduate microbiology courses. We encourage all students interested in any aspect of veterinary medicine to enroll in Introduction to the Veterinary Profession. Other courses, especially if the Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology Programs are taken concurrently, should be chosen with care and in consultation with your advisor. The Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program is not a degree granting program. It is important, therefore, to identify a program early in your college career that does grant a degree. There are several reasons for this. Most veterinary colleges give extra credit 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 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 Center located in Ceres Hall. Survey courses are found in many areas including microbiology, animal science, biology, veterinary technology, zoology, botany, entomology, crop and weed science, soil science, and cereal science and food technology.

We recommend that all pre-vet students look at the microbiology major. The basic sciences required for microbiology are almost exactly the same as the pre-veterinary medicine requirements. The major courses in pathogenic bacteria, viruses, immunology and animal diseases are all topics you will study further in veterinary school, so they are a great preparation for that next step. And finally, if you decide not to attend veterinary school, for whatever reason, the microbiology major will open many doors in the biomedical science fields. Many pre-veterinary medicine students have an underlying interest in these fields.

For Further Information contact:

The Department of Microbiological Sciences at the mailing address below, or by phone at 701-231-7667.

Prospective students may schedule a campus visit by calling 1-800-488-NDSU.


There are veterinary science scholarships available annually to pre-veterinary students. Information about these scholarships is available from the pre-veterinary advisors at the departmental address below.

Pre-veterinary students are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded through the College of Agriculture. Each year, students enrolled in the college receive over $100,000 from the College of Agriculture 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, write to the Office of the Dean, College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources, NDSU Dept. 2200, PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108.

The Pre-Vet Club

The Pre-Vet Club at NDSU is open to any student interested in veterinary medicine. Students from MSU, Concordia, and UND have been members of the club in past years. The club provides for 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 are also an important part of the club’s programs. Specific information about the Pre-Vet Club is available from departmental advisors.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Curriculum

Current admission requirements for veterinary colleges that have accepted North Dakota students are available from our department. From these requirements and your degree program requirements, you can formulate a course schedule with the help of your advisor. To help you in this process, NDSU has a recommended pre-veterinary curriculum.

Application to Veterinary School

Residency status MUST be filed with the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to be eligible for the Professional Student Exchange Program.

Applications are due by October 15th in the year you are applying for veterinary school.

Professional student exchange program
North Dakota University System
701-224-2541 (Ms Brenda Zastoupil)

The Graduate Record Exam should be taken by the summer prior to the fall in which you apply to veterinary college.

In Fargo, the GRE is administered by:

Sylvan Learning Center

The deadline for taking the GRE is October 1st in the year of application.

Vet School Finances

Dr. Neil Dyer offers some advice in the following documents:

Application Process Considerations

Minimizing Vet School Debt

Helpful Veterinary College websites

For further information contact:

N W Dyer 701-231-7521