Veterinary Medicine

A veterinarian is a physician for animals and a practitioner of veterinary medicine. There are many career fields open to those with veterinary degrees other than clinical practice. Those that do work in clinical settings often practice medicine in specific fields, such as companion animal or "pet" medicine, livestock medicine, equine medicine (e.g. sport, race track, show, rodeo), laboratory animal medicine, reptile medicine, or ratite medicine or they may specialize in medical disciplines such as surgery, dermatology or internal medicine, after post-graduate training and certification.

Course Requirements

George Fox University offers the science and mathematics courses required by veterinary schools.  Students who wish to pursue a career in veterinary medicine usually select a major in biology or chemistry.  It is important to consult with your academic advisor early in setting up a plan for a strong program.  Students should be aware that, in addition to meeting the minimal entrance requirements into veterinary school, good grades (3.5 GPA or above) and a strong performance on the national admissions tests (GRE, VAT, usually taken in the spring of the junior year) are essential.  Also necessary for admission are letters of recommendation and an interview with the Veterinary school’s admissions committee.

The requirements for the veterinary medicine program at OSU are:

This information is provided for educational purposes. Check the programs you are interested in for current prerequisites.

Biology                                                                                                                 Credit Hours

                        BIOL 211/212          General Biology                                           4/4

                        BIOL 350                 Genetics                                                       4         

                        BIOL 333                  Advanced Physiology                                  4

                        Other upper division courses: Cell, microbiology  


                        CHEM 211/212       General Chemistry                                        4/4

                        CHEM 331/332       Organic Chemistry                                        4/4

                        CHEM 341/342       Biochemistry                                                 4/4          


                        PHYS 201/202        General Physics                                          4/4          


                         MATH 240               Statistical Procedures                                3