Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

Pre-Veterinary

Pre-veterinary students may need to take one summer course or equivalent in animal nutrition before the end of their junior year in order to meet the prerequisites of specific veterinary schools, as we do not offer this course at Hendrix. In addition, most veterinary colleges require courses in physics, biochemistry, and microbiology. Some schools also specify specific biology or non-science courses required for admission.

Thus, each student is responsible for checking the specific requirements of the school or schools to which he or she wishes to apply, for meeting all deadlines for application, etc., and for ensuring that he or she builds the transcript that will not only result in a good liberal arts education, but will also provide the opportunity for admission to the school of his or her choice. Students should seek the advice of faculty in their major and of the pre-veterinary advisor for proper sequencing of courses, meeting prerequisites, and planning for the best liberal arts education.

All pre-professional students are encouraged to gain experience by volunteer service work in the profession, by shadowing, non-credit internships, and by doing undergraduate research in the sciences. They should attend the annual informational meetings and meet with the professional school admissions officers who visit the campus periodically (even if they do not intend to apply to that particular school because they are sure to gain useful information).

All students need to be aware of the many summer opportunities available to them. These can be found on-line using Google or by going to the homepage of any veterinary medical school in the country using links provided by the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Applicants can use VMCAS to apply to most of the accredited veterinary colleges in the USA and abroad.

Arkansas does not have a veterinary college, but has contracts with Louisiana State University, University of Missouri and Oklahoma State University to accept a certain number of Arkansas residents each year.