Program Requirements

The pre-veterinary program at Missouri State provides two options for your academic pursuit in becoming a licensed veterinarian. Both options include course work that fulfill the admission requirements for veterinary schools, including the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. See the full degree sheet here.

The first option includes only those courses required for admission into a veterinary school. The second option requires 100 hours of courses and the option to apply for and receive a bachelor’s degree in animal science after completing two years at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri.

Completion time

Option two of the pre-veterinary program can be completed in four years or eight semesters. However, the four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. The first option, which requires about 60-hours of course work, may be completed in significantly less time.

Pre-Professional Curriculum in Veterinary Medicine

Students considering this program should consult with the Pre-Veterinary advisor in the College of Agriculture.

Option I: To be eligible to apply to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, a minimum of 64 hours must be completed including the following courses: CHM 160(4), 161(1), 170(3), 171(1), 200(5), and 350(3); COM 115(3); ENG 110(3); MTH 138(5), or 135(3) and 181(3); PHY 123(4) and 124(4); 10 hours of biological sciences —BIO 210(3) or 310(5), and 380(5) are recommended; plus 10 hours of courses in the social sciences and humanities.

Option II: By completing this option of approximately 100 hours, a student may apply for a B.S. degree in Animal Science from Missouri State University after successfully completing the first two years in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri.   

  1. General Education Requirements (43-51 hours)

  2. Science and Mathematics Requirements (38-47 hours): BIO 210(3) or 310(5), 380(5); CHM 160(4),* 161(1),* 170(3), 171(1), 200(5) and 350(3); MTH 138(5)* or 135(3)* and 181(3); and PHY 123(4)* and 124(4)

  3. Agriculture Requirements (32 hours): AGS 101(4), 301(3), 302(3) or 306(3), 311(3), 316(3) and 511(3); AGN 115(3) or AGP 103(3); AGN 215(3); AGB 144(4); AGR 330(3)

*May be included in general education requirements.