Pre-Professional Programs and Specialized Advising

Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science is the branch of medicine concerned with the health of animals and the treatment of injuries or diseases that affect them. Veterinarians are health professionals with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.   A veterinarian must complete four years of graduate level training at a veterinary science school, usually after receiving a bachelor’s degree from an undergraduate institution and having satisfied a specialized set of courses as part of the undergraduate degree. 

Look to the Future

Hendrix students interested in veterinary science careers should take a series of courses that satisfy the prerequisites for admission to a veterinary school. The requirements you need vary from program to program, but there are common prerequisites that are generally fulfilled by a major in biology, BCMB, or chemistry.  Most Hendrix students who are interested in veterinary science have majored in biology.  Hendrix students will also need to take a course in animal nutrition at another institution since Hendrix does not offer the course.  Most veterinary science schools also have requirements in biochemistry and microbiology.  As the required prerequisites for individual schools may vary from these general recommendations, it is very important to review the requirements for schools you may choose to attend in the future.

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. (See the bulletin boards in D.W. Reynolds and the Morgan Center buildings.) Students may also go 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 school, but has contracts for accepting students from Louisiana State University, University of Missouri and Oklahoma State University.


Each student is responsible for checking the specific requirements of the school to which the student wishes to apply, for meeting all deadlines for application, etc., and for ensuring that the student builds a transcript that will not only result in a good liberal arts education, but also provides the opportunity for admission to the desired school.  For more information, contact Jenn Dearolf in the Biology Department.