Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine encompasses a wide variety of animal care. Not only do veterinarians treat injuries and illnesses of the family pet; they also play a crucial role in animal testing, medicine research, transfer of zoonotic disease, and more. A vet can be found in a private practice, working with wildlife, in corporate medicine with animal testing, research labs for the CDC or FDA, working with public policy and health, or teaching.

Please note: This is an informational page for current SPU students and does not represent a program that SPU offers.

To become a veterinarian, a student must first obtain a four-year bachelor degree with emphasis on science courses including biology, chemistry, and physics. Before applying to veterinary school, the graduate record examination or the medical college admissions test must be taken depending on the program. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program is typically four years and focuses on physiology and pharmacology pertaining to animals. After graduation, a licensing exam is administered to the graduate before they can become a licensed veterinarian.

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The program to receive the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is four years but students can continue on to residency to specialize in topics such as oncology or pathology, though it is not required. The National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NAVLE) then has to be passed for the license to be received.


Consideration to schools usually requires the following:

  • Courses such as Biology and Chemistry, along with English and Social Science.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Volunteer or have some sustained interaction with animals and practicing veterinarians.

Standardized Tests

After completing veterinary school, veterinarians will need to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE®).

Content provided by PPHS students Mariah Schultz, Christine Spatacean, and Charlotte Ritchie