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Pre-Health: Veterinary medicine

I.   An overview of the profession
Veterinarians are best known for healing ill and injured animals and maintaining the health and well-being of pets and farm animals, but that's not all they do. For instance, as more and more links are being found between human and animal diseases, such as SARS, mad cow disease, West Nile virus and avian flu, among others, veterinarians are working alongside other medical professionals in public health and research. For more information, see the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) website.

II.   Prerequisites

The following is a listing of the prerequisites for a DVM Degree, as listed for the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, located in Knoxville, which is similar to most other DVM programs.

 What They Want   # Hours    What We Call It at CBU 
 General Biology    BIOL 111 Lec & Lab
   BIOL 112 Lec & Lab 
 General Chemistry    CHEM 113 Lec & Lab
   CHEM 114 Lec & Lab
 Organic Chemistry    CHEM 211 Lec & Lab
   CHEM 212 Lec & Lab
 Biochemistry    CHEM 315 Lec & Lab
 Genetics    BIOL 311 Lec & Lab
 Cellular Biology    BIOL 421 Lec & Lab
 English Composition      ENG 111 & ENG 112
 Humanities and Social
  "May include, for example,
   courses in English literature,
   speech, music,art, philosophy,
   religion, language, history, economics,
   anthropology, political science,
   psychology, sociology and geography."

III.   The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Test Content and Structure
The GRE® revised General Test features question types that closely reflect the kind of thinking you’ll do — and the skills you need to succeed — in today's demanding graduate and business school programs. The test-taker friendly design lets you skip questions within a section, go back and change answers and have the flexibility to choose which questions within a section you want to answer first. Get a look at the structure of the computer-delivered or paper-delivered GRE revised General Test.

The GRE revised General Test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — skills that have been developed over a long period of time and are not related to a specific field of study but are important for all. Here's a look at content covered in the three test sections — Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing.
Verbal Reasoning
The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to:
• analyze and draw conclusions from discourse; reason from incomplete data; identify author's assumptions and/or perspective; understand multiple levels of meaning, such as literal, figurative and author's intent
• select important points; distinguish major from minor or relevant points; summarize text; understand the structure of a text
• understand the meanings of words, sentences and entire texts; understand relationships among words and among concepts
The Verbal Reasoning section measures your ability to understand what you read and how you apply your reasoning skills.
Get a quick view of the Verbal Reasoning Question types.
Take a closer look at the Verbal Reasoning section, including sample questions with rationales, tips and more.
Quantitative Reasoning
The Quantitative Reasoning section measures your ability to:
• understand quantitative information
• interpret and analyze quantitative information
• solve problems using mathematical models
• apply basic mathematical skills and elementary mathematical concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data interpretation
• includes real-life scenarios
The Quantitative Reasoning section includes an on-screen calculator. If you are taking the paper-delivered test, a calculator will be provided at the test center.
Get a quick view of the Quantitative Reasoning Question types.
Take a closer look at the Quantitative Reasoning section, including sample questions with rationales, tips and more.
Analytical Writing
The Analytical Writing section measures your ability to:
• articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
• support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
• examine claims and accompanying evidence
• sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
• control the elements of standard written English
The Analytical Writing section requires you to provide focused responses based on the tasks presented, so you can accurately demonstrate your skill in directly responding to a task.
Get a quick view of the Analytical Writing Question types.
Take a closer look at the Analytical Writing section, including sample questions with rationales, tips and more.
Modified Versions of Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning Questions
The test you take may include questions that are modified versions of published questions or of questions you have already seen on the test. Some modifications are substantial; others are less apparent.
Even if a question appears to be similar to a question you have already seen, it may in fact be different and have a different answer. Pay careful attention to the wording of each question.

IV.   Contact information regarding careers in Veterinary Medicine
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) --
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) Instructions --
VetSchool Student Engagement System (VSES) --

Contact information at CBU:
Dr. Stan Eisen, Director of Pre-Professional Health Programs
phone:  901-321-3447