Pre-Vet Required Courses

The following is a generic list of classes required to apply to most veterinary colleges. Please check the individual school of choice to verify the complete current listing/requirements, as well as quarter vs. semester units required. It has been our experience that some schools may accept Stanford's courses, while others may not.

Advice from former students on helpful Stanford courses

For specific pre-requisite college requirements, please see the AAVMC website spreadsheet:

Prerequisites chart for 2022 matriculation

Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR) general information of veterinary colleges  

Commonly Required Courses Stanford Courses
General/Inorganic Chemistry, with lab Chem 31A and 31B, or
Chem 31X (if you had AP Chem in high school)
Organic Chemistry, with lab
Chem 33, 35, 36 (lab), 131, 130 (lab)
Biochemistry Chem 181 and 183 (2 quarter sequence)
Chem 141 and 143
Physics, with lab
Physics 21, 22 (lab), 23, 24 (lab),
25, 26 (lab)
Mathematics and/or Statistics Math 19, 20, 21; Stats 60, Stats 141
Principles of Biology, Gen Bio, Animal Bio,
or Zoology; all with lab
See new biology major for current classes or
HumBio 2A, 3A, 4A
Genetics or Animal Genetics Bio 82, 118
Physiology (systemic) Bio 112 (Human Physiology)
At Hopkins: BioHopk 162H/262H (Comparative Animal Physiology)
Microbiology, some require lab CEE 274A, 274B, 274P, CEE 274S (lab)
English Composition or Expository PWR 1 and 2 writing
Humanities/Social Sciences, or English Thinking Matters approved courses

Note:  your major doesn't matter as long as required courses are satisfied.

Additional courses that may be required or useful for admission (vet school dependent)

Microbiology, physiology, cell biology, animal science, animal nutrition, immunology, and psychology.