Why Study Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Pre-veterinary medicine is a curricular focus for students who plan to enter a veterinary medical school program. To be a Competitive pre‑vet student, you should:
- Communicate frequently with your pre‑vet advisor
- Maintain a QPA of 3.4 or better
- Perform above average on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- Complete internships in veterinary settings
- Demonstrate leadership and community or human service
- Show a willingness to volunteer
- Plan a strategy early in your college career to take the right course sequences
- Prepare for and take the GRE
Why Study Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Ship
Shippensburg has a consistent record of placing qualified students into veterinary school programs. Pre‑vet faculty attend conferences for health professions advisors where they meet colleagues from other universities and share ideas. This ensures you receive accurate, current
and comprehensive information. We give our students “mock interviews” prior to the time they apply to veterinary schools. This experience provides students with interview practice and gives the Health Professions Committee information to write a committee letter of
reference in support of a student’s application.
Pre‑vet advisors maintain close relations with admissions personnel at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine through visits to Penn’s campus along with visits by Penn’s Director of Admissions to Shippensburg University. Shippensburg students have been
very successful in their admissions to the University of Pennsylvania over the last 20 years. In general, veterinary schools tend to be somewhat regional in their acceptance of students. Approximately 50 percent of the students in the University of Pennsylvania School of
Veterinary Medicine are Pennsylvania residents. Programs that place emphasis on large animal husbandry tend to be more open in their residency requirements. Students with exceptional credentials can be competitive applicants for many out‑of‑state programs.
Faculty-directed undergraduate research is highly encouraged at Shippensburg. Each year, between 6 and 12 under-graduate science students present the results of their research at regional, state, or national conferences.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Pre-vet students are encouraged to participate in internship experiences within veterinary environments and attend on-campus presentations by veterinarians and veterinary medical school personnel. A number of veterinarians in the Shippensburg area are willing to accept
students as interns and provide the students with direct, first‑hand exposure of the veterinary practice. Small animal, large animal, and mixed practices are available to students desiring internship experience.
The salary range for veterinarians in PA is $51,000 - $66,000.