Montana State University

Preveterinary Program

The department participates in MSUís Genetics Minor and recommends this minor to students particularly interested in genetics.

Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

The preveterinary program prepares students for professional veterinary school leading to a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Although Montana does not have a college of veterinary medicine, Montana residents may obtain supplemental funding for their professional program through the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Program. This program enables students to attend veterinary schools out-of-state, yet pay in-state rates for tuition. There is a separate WICHE application.

The preveterinary program will prepare students for acceptance to all veterinary schools in the WICHE program through both didactic coursework and internships. Application to other veterinary schools may vary in requirements. Acceptance to veterinary medical college is highly competitive and course requirements can change from year to year. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor on a regular basis to keep abreast of any changes in requirements and suggested courses.

Students must choose and declare an undergraduate major after 3 semesters in the preveterinary curriculum. Students are encouraged to choose an undergraduate major as early as possible.

Preveterinary coursework can be applied toward a bachelor of science in any major including animal science, biotechnology, biology and microbiology. High school students are encouraged to take a significant number of science courses including chemistry, biology, Mathematics and physics. Students unable to obtain adequate preparatory science courses in high school should begin the preveterinary curriculum with more basic courses than suggested below.

Preveterinary Curriculum

Freshman Year F S
BIOB 170IN--Principles of Biological Diversity 4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I 4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II 4
COM 110US--Public Communication 3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
University Core and Electives 4 6
(Math Placement Exam or M 161) 4
15 17
Sophomore Year F S
BCH 380--Biochemistry 5
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry 5
PHSX 205IN--College Physics I 4
PHSX 207--College Physics II 4
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
University Core and Electives 4 6
Junior Year F S
Take one of the following:
     BIOB 375--General Genetics3
     ANSC 322--Principles of Breeding/Genetics3
BIOO 412--Animal Physiology 3
Take one of the following:
     ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition4
               On-Line Animal Nutrition

OSU requires an upper division science class and a course in animal nutrition.

Recommended But Not Required Credits
ARNR 321--Physiology of Reproduction 4
ANSC 337--Disease of Domestic Livestock 3
BIOO 310--Comp Vertebrate Anatomy 4
BIOH 340--Principles of Histology 3
BIOM 360--General Microbiology I 4
BIOB 410--Immunology 3
BIOO 265 --Fnctml Anat Dom Animals 4
BIOM 400 --Medical Microbiology 3
IMID 475 --Preveterinary Internship 2-6

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