Pre-veterinary programs offered by colleges and universities are undergraduate offerings for students interested in a becoming a veterinarian. These programs introduce you to the type of science and medicine you will encounter as you continue your education in a veterinary medicine program. With only 28 veterinary schools nationwide, getting accepted can be a competitive process, and pre-vet programs are highly recommended for people who are interested in practicing veterinary medicine following graduation. Note that most schools do not offer pre-veterinary degrees as majors, but instead offer tracks of study in a related science field.

University of Illinois at Urbana

The College of Veterinary Medicine on the campus of University of Illinois at Urbana tops's list of pre-veterinary programs. With a 63-percent acceptance rate, the school selects 120 first-year aspiring veterinarian students each year. The professional veterinary degree program focuses on a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree track and offers combined degree programs for students interested in pursuing their master's in public health. Ph.D. degrees are also offered for students interested in a career in veterinary research.

University of California, Davis

Ranked the No. 2 veterinary school by "US News and World Report," the University of California, Davis is an attractive choice for students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. The health science advising program and the UC Davis School of Vet Medicine Student Programs office provide advisers and educational planning to ensure that students are enrolled in the right prerequisite classes for their grad school. The veterinary medicine program features the largest hospital residency in the nation with 32 different concentrations.

University of Kentucky

Like many other colleges and universities, pre-veterinary medicine is not a degree program at the University of Kentucky. Named a top-10 program by Vet Tech Colleges, the pre-professional program enables students to take pre-veterinary courses while completing a science-related degree. Kentucky does not have a postgraduate program for aspiring veterinarians, but has contracts with Tuskegee and Auburn universities, both of which are in Alabama and offer such programs. Many Kentucky pre-vet students are employed by veterinary clinics around Lexington, Kentucky, and gain valuable hands-on experience working with small animals and horses.

University of Connecticut

Students at the University of Connecticut earn a bachelor's degree in animal or veterinary science while completing coursework necessary for success in veterinary school. Without a veterinary school in Connecticut, an agreement with Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine grants five students each year in-state Connecticut tuition. UConn's electives such as marine microbiology and animal embryology make the school's program an attractive one for prospective students.

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