Pre Veterinary Medicine Program


The pre veterinary medicine program at Parkside is designed to help you gain the necessary academic and professional requirements that will help you become a competitive candidate for professional veterinary medicine schools. We offer exceptional learning opportunities in a small class setting which helps with your success.


If you are interested in providing health care for animals, from a family dog, livestock, or exotic zoo animals, the pre veterinary program is for you. Become a trained veterinary professional who examines animals in order to diagnose illness, provides preventative maintenance, treats injuries, and performs surgeries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth outlook is 19% (2016-2026) and there are several types of in demand veterinary fields such as 

Companion animal veterinarians

Food animal veterinarians

Food safety and inspection veterinarians

Follow link for more information about the Center of Health Sciences and other Pre Health programs




Medical Schools Parkside Students Attended

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Colorado State 
Tuskegee University
University of Iowa  
Ross University
University of Colorado
University of Missouri  
Royal Academy
University of Illinois



Source: Dr. Bryan Lewis, Associate Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences; Director, Center for Health Sciences and Pre-Health Programs 2001-2023 acceptance rates information, University of Wisconsin-Parkside.


Students hoping to gain acceptance into professional health programs can pursue a major in any department/discipline throughout the university.

As a student in the pre-veterinary program you will receive

  • Assistance obtaining shadowing and internship experiences with local veterinarians
  • Help to ensure that you are choosing the correct career pathway 
  • Experience required to gain acceptance into veterinary school

Common science and math pre-requisite classes that are required by most veterinary school programs

Anatomy and Physiology | BIOS 105 and 106  | 10  credits or BIOS 300 and BIOS 341 | 7 credits  |  1 year

Biology | BIOS 101  and 102 |  8 credits   |  1 year

Chemistry | CHEM 101 and 102  | 10 credits  |  1 year

Organic Chemistry  |  CHEM 321, 322, and 323  | 11 credits  |  1 year

Physics |  PHYS 105 and 106 | 10 credits  |  1 year

Biochemistry | BIOS 307 |  3 credits  |  1 semester

Physiology  |  BIOS 341 | 3 credits  |  1 semester

Microbiology  |  BIOS 303  | 4 credits  |  1 semester

Other classes you may want to consider taking as electives to help prepare you for veterinary school

Vertebrate Zoology  |  BIOS 318  |  4 credits

Animal Behavior  |  BIOS 340  |  4 credits

Developmental Biology |  BIOS 317  |  3 credits

Accredited veterinary school programs can be found at the National Veterinary Association website.

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