Montana State University

Preveterinary Medicine Program

Preveterinary Medicine Program

Montana State University-Bozeman has the largest number of preveterinary medicine students in the Montana University System .  The preveterinary program is distinguished by its dedicated pre-vet advisor who works with all students in the program to assist them in preparing to apply for admission to schools of veterinary medicine.

MSU's preveterinary curriculum is not a degree. Rather, it is an advising program coupled with a series of required undergraduate classes that prepare students for admission into schools of veterinary medicine. It is recommended that students choose a major in Biotechnology-Animal Systems, Animal Science, Microbiology, Organismal Biology, or Biochemistry while simultaneously completing the course work necessary for an application to veterinary school. 

Since Montana does not have a veterinary school, the State of Montana contracts with veterinary schools in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon to accept applications from Montana students under a Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) within the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Montana students who are selected may attend one of the WICHE veterinary schools and pay the in-state resident tuition of that school. The State of Montana sends a support fee to the school to offset the cost of educating Montana residents.

At this time, the state of Montana supports nine Montana students each year in veterinary school, which makes this a very competitive program at the undergraduate level. Currently at MSU there are approximately 100 students enrolled in various areas of undergraduate study intending to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In the past five years, 62% of the Montana students accepted into a WICHE veterinary school completed their undergraduate education at MSU. The students in veterinary school who completed their undergraduate course work at MSU are ranked in the top half of their veterinary school classes.


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