Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab
CH 262 Organic Chemistry (with lab)
CH 342 Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
CH 247 Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
PC 200 General Physics I
PC 202 Introductory Physics I
PC 202L Introductory Physics Lab I
PC 201 General Physics II
PC 203 Introductory Physics II
PC 203L Physics Lab II
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes
BI 305 Biostatistics*
EN___ English Course (in addition to CWS)

*MA 220 Introduction to Probability and Statistics is an acceptable substitute but NOT ND.SS 214 Stats for Social Sciences

Important Notes

  • These courses reflect most but not all program requirements for veterinary schools in the U.S. Check the specific schools that you are considering. Strongly recommend physiology, genetics, psychology/behavioral sciences. Also recommend comparative anatomy, vertebrate zoology, comparative animal behavior, environmental science, developmental biology, immunology, invertebrate zoology, statistics, foreign language (especially Spanish), sociology, ecology, evolution, economics, accounting and business courses, communication courses, and ethics.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Dr. Darwin Kysor or Dr. Kathleen Jones.
  • In addition to your course work you are urged to gain some experience in veterinary medicine either during the school year or over the summer.

Competitive credentials: Science and overall GPA of 3.5 or better; GRE scores in the 70th percentile.
Note: Take admission exams no later than October of the senior year

Helpful Websites

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges -
American Veterinary Medical Association -

Comprehensive resource site through the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association-

List of all pre-vet requirements

VMCAS Facebook-

General Information:

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biology II Lab
  Biology Lab I Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
  Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab Calculus I (any semester)
Sophomore Year BI 106 BI 207
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Organic Chemistry (with lab)
  Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab  
  English course  
Junior Year Physics I and Lab Physics II and Lab
  Biostatistics Integrated Chemistry: Biochemistry
    Bioanalytical Chemistry Lab
  GRE Exam Preparation* GRE Exam Preparation

*Both semesters of the year that you plan to take the exam.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.