The College of Arts and Sciences supports undergraduates pursuing post-baccalaureate programs in veterinary medicine.

BGSU is an excellent choice for pre-veterinary medicine track studies.
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Pre-Professional Program

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

While the BGSU Pre-Veterinary Medicine track is not a major, it is a recognized area of academic interest and professional study for students who intend to apply for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs after college.

The Office of Pre-Professional Programs can assist you in selecting a major and complementary courses to best prepare you for the admissions test and enhance your competitive edge when applying to veterinary school.

Specialized advice for pre-veterinary medicine track students

Here you will find some of our most common pathways and some alternatives to consider. You will also find our best advice for pre-veterinary medicine students and connections to BGSU resources to build out your professional experience.

Our centralized team in the Office of Academic Advising & Planning assists pre-vet medicine track students in pursuing an undergraduate degree by helping them make informed decisions about course selection, understand university curriculum, build an academic schedule, and connect with resources at Bowling Green State University.

As part of your pre-professional track, you will select a major relevant to your intended advanced degree. Biology is the most common major for pre-vet students, although some students pursue degrees in microbiology, biochemistry, or chemistry.

This will help pre-vet track students make the most competitive application to a DVM program in the United States or abroad. (There are several AVMA accredited courses abroad.)

Your advisors can help prepare a strong balance of the application elements:

  • A good GPA, strong in the required sciences
  • A variety of vet contact hours and animal care hours
  • A strong essay strategy
  • GRE or MCAT practice strategies (if required, not all schools need them)
  • Leadership, communication and interpersonal skills

It’s never too early to start working on your DVM admissions essay. Every candidate for these very competitive programs will have a unique set of strengths. Recognizing your advantages early, building on them, and giving yourself time to improve areas that need extra work will increase your chances of success.

STAND OUT in courses like

  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Public Speaking
  • Diagnostic Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Media Strategy for Small Business
  • Accounting and Business Concepts

As part of your pre-professional track you will select a major that is relevant to your advanced degree in veterinary medicine.


Medicinal knowledge is a core part of being a veterinarian, but schools are looking for a range of other skills and character attributes.

The BGSU Office of Pre-Professional Programs has laid out an example curriculum for a pre-vet track course load. This is just one option, your PPP advisor will help you develop yours.

What are DVM schools looking for?

DVM programs are looking for students that will make great vets and enhance the reputation of their school. Commitment to the profession is one important attribute, but hard to prove on paper. One way to show you care about the improvement of the profession is to engage in veterinarian care research projects.

Research into animal care is one way the profession moves forward. The BGSU CURS program allows undergrads to participate in live research projects. Some students have published papers, posters or conference presentations to their names when they graduate, showing another key skill DVM schools value.

The DVM school admissions GPA minimum should be your floor. Looking at the admissions data, the most competitive programs admit students with GPA scores higher than the minimum.

Communication ability

The best veterinarians are the ones who know how to communicate effectively. One veterinarian estimated a full 50% of their day was spent talking to people.

Classes in public speaking are often a DVM school admission requirement. Taking this further, a forensics or debate club membership throughout your time at college would develop your skills as a confident communicator, especially if your team regularly wins national competitions!

Veterinary business and financial health

Many vets run a small practice or join a group practice, understanding business fundamentals, HR, accounting and marketing will make running a practice achievable and sustainable.

The Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business offers courses specifically for non-business majors or those considering a minor in business.

A major in business is another possible pathway to a DVM program. The BGSU Office of Pre-Professional Programs has two pre-vet sample curricula mapped out that involve graduating from the BGSU Schmidthorst College of Business, with most DVM program pre-requisites included.

Personal and client wellbeing

People have complex relationships with their animals. With the lifespans of animals being shorter than humans, pet owners may go through many cycles of grief and joy over their lifetime. Understanding how people relate to their animals and the emotions they are experiencing can be helpful in working with the people you will encounter.

BGSU psychology classes can provide valuable skills to differentiate your application and help you in your professional practice.

Extracurricular activities

As well as gaining experience working with qualified veterinarians and gaining contact hours with small or large animals, following your particular interests with your extracurricular activities will make a much stronger case when applying to DVM programs.

For example, one pre-vet student considered giving up their role volunteering at a center for people with learning disabilities. They were advised to keep going; the experience of working with people is almost as important as working with animals.

GO FAR in your career

  • Animal Shelter Medicine
  • Relief Veterinarian
  • Aquatic Veterinary​ Medicine
  • Veterinarians Without Borders
  • International Veterinarian
  • Rescue and Disaster Response
  • USDA or NVSL Veterinarian

The average ratio of applicants to DVM placements is around 10:1

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The College of Arts and Sciences supports undergraduates pursuing post-baccalaureate programs in veterinary medicine.   

BGSU Pre-Veterinary Medical Association

The BGSU Pre-Veterinary Medical Association is a student-led organization dedicated to preparing BGSU students for a career in the veterinary field. This includes weekly meetings that are held either on-campus or off-campus for various events such as group shadowing, suture clinic, VMCAS help and more!

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state.

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact

Updated: 12/20/2022 02:20PM