Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

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The pre-veterinary medicine major is designed for those who want to become veterinarians. The Nebraska PVET program can help you qualify for admission to any of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education accredited veterinary schools. Complete the academic, career exploration and leadership development requirements that vet schools require.

The Nebraska Difference


Obtain a one-of-a-kind education to stand out when applying to vet schools


Gain real-world experience by working with animals on campus


Work 1-to-1 with dedicated faculty


Make connections by engaging with faculty, joining the Pre-Vet Learning Community and utilizing student resources

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Program Features

The Pre-Vet Advantage

Take specialized classes in topics typically taught only in vet school, including histology, veterinary anatomy, pharmacology and toxicology, and work with real animals alongside faculty. 

Helping You Get There

Campus-wide financial assistance and $750,000 in student scholarships are available upon eligibility and scholarship application submission. 

1-to-1 Advising

Meet with knowledgeable advisors who will help provide you with class schedules and information on how to become a competitive applicant for veterinary school.  

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Notable Courses

Success in Veterinary Medicine (PVET 101)

General skills for college success and survey of careers for students interested in going on to veterinary school or other science related areas.

Fundamentals of Biology I (LIFE 120/L)

The study of life at the cellular level by investigating cellular structures, chemical processes, cell metabolism and division, gene expressions and introducing patterns of inheritance.

General Genetics (BIOS 206)

Inheritance and regulation of genes in organisms and populations. Fundamentals of genomics and bioinformatics.

Organic Chemistry I (CHEM 251)

Chemistry of carbon compounds, including basic principles of bonding and structure.

Animal Physiological Systems (ASCI 340)

A comprehensive look at the major physiological systems that comprise the mammalian body.

Elements of Biochemistry (BIOC 401)

Structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Research assistant, Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Lincoln Nebraska
  • Intern, Nebraska Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Veterinary assistant, Ord Veterinary Clinic, Ord, Nebraska
  • Intern, Adams Land & Cattle, Broken Bow, Nebraska


  • Veterinary practicing partner, Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic, Kearney, Nebraska
  • Veterinary practicing partner, Hillcrest Animal Clinic, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Research assistant, Neogen Corporation, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Assistant professor of practice, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Graduate Schools

  • DVM Program, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Iowa State University
  • DVM Program, Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • DVM Program, University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College
  • DVM Program, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Learn the inner workings of how a vet clinic runs by taking a course that will help you run your own veterinary clinic someday.
  • Working in a veterinary clinic helps provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a competitive applicant.

Career Preparedness

  • Work with faculty who are eager to assist you in research, internships, mentorship and networking.
  • Begin preparations for vet school and your career on your first day. By working with animals, engaging in the curriculum and talking with your peers, you will have the resources to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.


  • Many students partake in internships and have jobs in veterinary clinics around the community.
  • There are many clubs and organizations, such as Pre-Vet Club, that host a community dog washing clinic.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Pre-Veterinary Medicine major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Taylor Nielsen
Contact Title
Recruitment Coordinator