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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

If you dream of being a veterinarian, USD has tailored programs and carefully designed coursework to get you ready for applying to veterinary school.

Your Path in Pre-Veterinary Medicine

If you're thinking about a career in veterinary medicine, it's important to carefully plan your undergraduate program to fulfill the requirements for admission to veterinary school. Veterinarians examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders in animals. They emphasize how the different systems in an animal's body are interconnected. In addition to traditional medical approaches, veterinarians also concentrate on preventive care and recognize the natural healing abilities of animals.

The University of South Dakota's pre-veterinary medicine path is designed to give students the necessary education for veterinary school. While the program covers required coursework, are encouraged to consult the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) for information about how to apply to veterinary programs and should reach out to individual schools for specific admission requirements. It's important to talk with an advisor to plan your studies according to the schools you're interested in.

This pre-veterinary medicine program does not lead to a degree. Explore the details provided below and refer to our frequently asked questions to gain insights into how the pre-veterinary medicine program will shape your USD education and prepare you for success.

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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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USD's pre-veterinary medicine program is designed to prepare you for veterinary school applications. While you won't earn a degree specifically in pre-veterinary medicine, the program complements your chosen major, providing a thorough pre-professional curriculum. Advising is crucial for navigating any pre-professional path, so be sure to communicate your interest in veterinary school with your advisor and ask about how this choice will affect your education at USD.

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Health Care Experts

The University of South Dakota stands as the pinnacle of health care education in the state, hosting South Dakota's only medical school. Renowned as the regional leader in health care education, USD provides comprehensive coursework across various health care disciplines. With an unmatched understanding of the health care landscape, we are dedicated to connecting students to the opportunities necessary to shape their path for the future.

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Incredible Research Opportunities

A unique aspect of your USD education is access to incredible undergraduate research opportunities. Through your academic department, you may have the opportunity to work in specialized research labs under the guidance of highly active faculty. You can also sharpen your writing skills by applying for undergraduate research grants at the university. By accessing high-quality research experiences as an undergraduate student, you can expand your education and set yourself apart in medical school applications.

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