Veterinary Medicine (Pre)

Why study Veterinary Medicine (Pre)?

If you love animals and are astute at science and math, veterinary medicine could be the career for you. Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to protect the public health. Many veterinarians provide care for dogs, cats, and other companion animals in private medical practices, but they also work in public health, food safety, research, public policy, and agriculture.

Why study Veterinary Medicine (Pre) at AU?

Aurora University has a longstanding tradition of sending students to veterinary schools. As a Pre-Veterinary Medicine student at Aurora University, you will major in Human-Animal Studies while also enrolling in the Pre-Veterinary Medicine program, which offers a curated collection of prerequisite courses necessary to be accepted into veterinary school.

To help you navigate your academic career and prepare for veterinary school, AU also offers one-on-one guidance with expert faculty in the veterinary school application process. Advanced coursework prepares you for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) — vet schools can require either test. Internship opportunities are also available so you can experience, firsthand, what it is like to work with animals and to practice veterinary medicine.

At AU, you will also have an opportunity to participate in research, a step that will enhance your veterinary school application. AU offers students unique opportunities to conduct laboratory research with expert faculty in the field. Developing research experience deepens your understanding of what you learn in the classroom and prepares you with the skills to succeed in veterinary school.

How much education is required to become a veterinarian?

After you earn your undergraduate degree, you need to attend veterinary school for four years to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. You must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). Some states have additional requirements.

Qualified Pre-Veterinary Medicine students can benefit from AU’s agreements with Midwestern University and the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Please visit our academic affiliations page to learn more.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Curriculum
  • Biochemistry
  • General Biology I
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • Genetics or Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Statistics
Campus Opportunities
  • AU Science Organization
  • Aurora University HOSA - Future Health Professionals
  • Mu Sigma Pi: Mind. Body. Spirit.
  • Unleashed Human-Animal Studies Club

2023 annual median salary for veterinarians


2022-2032 projected job growth rate

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
I strongly attribute my entrance into veterinary school to Aurora University. The impressions left on me by AU science professors have been one of the most significant influences in my academic career. Elizabeth Pearlman ’11, DVM Purdue University ’16, forensic veterinarian at the ASPCA
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

You will have the opportunity to complete an internship, clinical, or field experience at a veterinarian facility. AU’s pre-veterinary profession advisor will work with you to find internships in the veterinarian field that fit with your interests so you can experience your targeted profession firsthand. You will also have the unique opportunity to conduct laboratory research with faculty, preparing you with the skills to succeed in veterinary school.

Internship Sites

  • Anderson Animal Shelter
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Chicago Equine Medical Center
  • Cosley Park Zoo
  • Countryside Veterinary Clinic
  • Phillips Park Zoo
  • VIP Petcare
  • Wheaton Animal Hospital
  • Willowbrook Wildlife Center

Where AU graduates attend veterinary school

  • Midwestern University (Arizona)
  • Purdue University
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Wisconsin