Students interested in pursuing veterinary medicine as a professional career have traditionally majored in either biology or chemistry (or a split major between these 2 disciplines).
However, schools of veterinary medicine may consider students from any major providing they have completed the prerequisite coursework. Veterinary medicine requires the same courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics as are required in pre-medicine (see under Medicine). Many veterinary schools have other specific core requirements, such as embryology or statistics. In addition, actual experience in the field of veterinary medicine or extensive experience with animals is required, as well as taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Students are advised to obtain a copy of the catalog from prospective schools, and should also seek counseling from the Pre-Vet Advisor in the School of Science upon entering Saint Mary’s and throughout their stay at the College.