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I am an honors freshman at Chandler-Gilbert community college for my associate in science and I was wondering if anyone knows what pre-reqs I need to get into veterinary school at University of Arizona? My current plan for the next two years is as follows:


AAA115 - Creating College Success (required by CGCC)
CIS105 - Survey Computer Info Systems
MAT151 - College Algebra
ASB102 - Int to Cult. and Social Anthro (honors course)
(14 creds total)


MAT187 - Precalculus
ENG102 (hoping to make this my honors course)
BIO181 - Gnrl Bio I
SOC140 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities (fulfilled cultural div. credit)
(13 creds)

Summer of '12:
COM225 - Public Speaking
ENH251 - Mythology (elective credit)
(6 creds)


MAT220 - Calculus
BIO182 - Gnrl Bio II
CHM151 - Gnrl Chem I
PHI105 - Intro to Ethics (honors)
(15 creds)


CHM152 - Gnrl Chem II
ECN211 - Macroeconomics I
HCR210 - Clinical Health Care Ethics (honors)
GBS233 - Business Communication


Let me know if you see anything that looks wrong or that won't transfer over. I'm reasonably sure all the important classes (math, english, science) will carry over but if you know something I don't well, that's what I'm here for. I'm also open to suggestion on my courses and the ordering of courses, although the first term starts monday so it's too late to change anything on that.


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Aug. 20th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
Arizona doesn't have a DVM program. To go to vet school you could apply to states that have reciprocity with AZ, look up the WICHE program. You need to get in touch with an admissions person at a school you want to go to and get their current list of requirements.

Aug. 20th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. In that case, I guess I mean Oregon State University?
Aug. 20th, 2011 06:43 am (UTC)
For OSU you can get a list of pre-reqs on their website. Make sure you are taking hard terms (18-20 credits) at least for one term, preferably more. They want to know that you can handle the case load. Also be sure you have lots of varied vet experience.
Aug. 20th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)
Arizona, where I am assuming you live, has contracts with the University of California, Colorado State, Oregon State, and Washington State. I would suggest going to the websites of those vet schools and looking there at the list of prerequisites. You could probably also find a class converter, or even call, to make sure that you classes all transfer over as what they are supposed to. Looking at your list I don't think it will be a problem, but some schools are just crazy picky.

Your science classes are a big thing to focus on. Most vet schools look at your science GPA as a special entity, so it's important to keep it up.

I'm going to disagree with lemurchaser a little bit. I don't think it's necessary to take 20 hours of credits during term, especially if it's going to cause your GPA to suffer. If you can handle it, then great, but I think that it can stretch you a little thin and cause your GPA to suffer. I never took more than 15 hours a semester and I got early acceptance to UGA on my first cycle. I think what they look at is the quality of courses you take. I had a semester or two where I was taking twelve hours of advanced sciences. Sure, it was only twelve hours, but they were all 300 level or above with labs. If I had tried to take any more classes I would have sacrificed my 4.0 that semester, as well as my sanity. So, I suggest having terms where you have several difficult science classes at the same time.

Also, don't get so bogged down in getting your prereqs that you forget about everything else. Varied vet experience (ie large animal, small animal and exotics), as well as a little research work go a long way to helping you out. Try and shadow a vet through out your schooling so you aren't trying to get your hours during one summer right before you apply to the vet school.
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! I am definitely concerned about being stretched too thin, since I am working, going to school, and involved in a handful of clubs on campus and off.
Aug. 20th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
As an OSU vet school grad, I can tell you multiple friends were asked why they didn't take any hard terms during the interview process (despite working part time at the time). If you are working full time and taking a smaller full load they would understand, but otherwise they want to see that you can handle the class load. They want to know that you aren't going to drop out on the weeks that you spend 80-100 hours/wk either in class or studying.

If you have the right experience, they may not care as much, but I know a friend who was grilled on it, and she had years of CVT experience and was working 20 hrs/wk during undergrad. But she did get in, so at least that's something.
Aug. 20th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Well, I spoke with my parents about it and they told me that if I needed to take time off of work to meet the demands of my classes, they would find some way to make it fit. When I get my associates degree I will take a heavier class load at university, maybe my second semester there, but right now the scholarship I have only covers 15 credits per semester.
Aug. 20th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you anything specific for OSU, but I just want to add that even if you are dead set on attending one school, you should still apply multiple places. I've had people tell me that if they see you've only applied one place, they think you are not that serious about it.

Also, I highly recommend this book.

Good luck!

Aug. 20th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, are there any other books you recommend I get? I've already gotten two Orgo as a Second Language books to prepare me for the oh-so-dreaded course. :)
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this book because it was very helpful learning termonology before starting school. I felt like it gave me an advantage and made life easier.

Aug. 20th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Definitely spend some time looking at a few different schools - their websites are very informative and often contain the information that you're looking for. I did take some semesters with as few as 15 credits, my largest semester was 21 credits. Really the main things that matter are getting good grades, finishing all the prerequisites, and getting the right experience. I applied to five schools my first try, was wait listed at two and accepted to one. I had finished all of my prerequisites but was 12 credits short of graduation. They didn't seem to mind that it was going to take me 4 and a half years to finish my bachelor's degree - because I was accepted without ever actually graduating. I ended up with a GPA of 3.62 - my last two semesters were 4.0.

Hope that helps!
Aug. 20th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
That's great to know, thanks. So the bare minimum I should shoot for is a 3.5, right? It sounds like that will be pretty easy to maintain up until about my 5th term or so when the really hard classes come into play.
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