Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-veterinary students are strongly encouraged to complete a bachelor’s degree before enrolling in a College of Veterinary Medicine.  Most veterinary medicine schools require applicants to have completed a minimum of 60 credits in specific course areas, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 before they are accepted.  In recent years, however, the average GPA of successful candidates has been between 3.5 and 3.6.  Vet Medicine Colleges seek students with diverse backgrounds having a solid foundation in the sciences.  When deciding which major to pursue as an undergraduate, the pre-veterinary student should consider the area of veterinary medicine in which they intend to emphasize when they become a veterinarian.  For example, those interested in food animal practice may wish to pursue a degree in biological science, animal science, agricultural economics or business.  Future companion animal practitioners may wish to consider a biological science, physical science, business, social science, or humanities degree. 

Course Schedule

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
BIO-112 General Biology I
4.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
BIO-113 General Biology II
4.0
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
4.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
MAT-156 Statistics I
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
CHM-261 Organic Chemistry I
4.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-186 Microbiology w/lab
4.0
CHM-271 Organic Chemistry II
4.0
PHY-172 College Physics II
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 70.0

*Suggested High School courses are:
Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Advanced Math, Trigonometry, Calculus

**Recommended General Education Courses:
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflict
MAT-210 Calculus I
ART-101 Art Appreciation
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
CLS-181 American Diversity
History Courses

***BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I and BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II are recommended.

Instructors

Jenny Shivers 515-574-1292 shivers@iowacentral.edu Associate
Tracy Crippin-Haake 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu Associate
Dr. Anne Macek-Lachelt 515-574-1246 lachelt@iowacentral.edu Instructor
Jennifer Condon 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu Dean