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Undergraduate Course Requirements

All applicants to the professional curriculum must achieve a minimum of 80 semester hours of college-level course work, exclusive of courses in physical education and military training.

The following list contains courses offered at the University of Florida which fulfill pre-professional requirements for admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Courses taken at other accredited institutions should have similar content as these courses in order to be considered equivalent.

To determine whether courses you have taken or are considering taking will satisfy these requirements, click the course number for the corresponding course listed below and compare the description from the University of Florida Course Catalog to that of your own institution.

Some of the introductory pre-professional courses may be taken at any college. However, all upper-division pre-requisite courses (3000+ level courses such as microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, etc.) must be taken at a four-year institution.All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of C or above. If a C- or below is earned, the course must be retaken.

No major is given preference in the admissions process.


Two semesters of Biology (lecture and laboratory), one semester of Genetics, and one semester of Microbiology (lecture and laboratory).


Two semesters of Inorganic Chemistry (lecture and laboratory), two semesters of Organic Chemistry (lecture and laboratory), and one semester of Biochemistry.

*Note: Completing CHM 3217 and CHM 3218 will fulfill either the Organic Chemistry requirements or the Biochemistry requirements, but cannot be used in place of both.


One semester of Calculus and one semester of Statistics.

  • MAC 2311 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I
  • STA 2023 – Introduction to Statistics I


Two semesters of Physics lecture and laboratory.

Animal Science

One semester of Introduction to Animal Science and one semester of Animal Nutrition.

  • ANS 3006C – Introduction to Animal Science
  • ANS 3440 – Principles of Animal Nutrition


Minimum of 9 semester credits (or less depending on individual undergraduate institution requirements).

These include: ancient and modern languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre.

Social Science

Minimum of 6 semester credits (or less depending on individual undergraduate institution requirements).

These include: anthropology, archaeology, business administration, communication, criminology, economics, education, government, linguistics, international relations, political science, geography, history, law, sociology and psychology.


Minimum of 6 semester credits

Any General Education course that meets the writing requirement at an accredited institution is acceptable.


Variable number to bring total to 80 semester credits.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must complete ALL required courses by the end of the spring semester in the year of admission to the professional DVM program.  The only exceptions to this requirement are the courses in Animal Sciences and Animal Nutrition, which may be taken as late as the summer semester immediately preceding enrollment in the professional DVM program.

Minor variations in credits may be accepted.

Credit will be accepted for the following examinations at the level described by the Registrar at the University of Florida.

Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE)

Advanced Placement (AP)

College Level Examination Programs (CLEP)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A Note on Elective Courses

The student should select subjects which are intellectually stimulating, challenging, and that contribute to overall development and maturation. Because of the demands of the professional curriculum, it is highly recommended that prospective students enroll in challenging courses that go beyond the pre-professional requirements; useful courses include comparative anatomy, embryology, and physiology. Superior performance in these kinds of courses will not only enhance the academic image of the applicant, but will also help build a solid base for more detailed courses in the professional curriculum.

Methods of observation and collection of data, evaluation, deduction, and interpretation of findings are extremely important. The analysis and organization of a set of observations into its simple components and synthesis of many fragments of data into a working hypothesis on which a plan of action can be based are critical. The student should keep these objectives in mind throughout pre-professional training. Courses that might be helpful in this area include Physics, Psychology, and other sciences.

A high degree of skill in the use of spoken and written language should be developed to extract a story accurately, to record facts systematically for the use of others, and to transmit instructions precisely. Proficiency in accurate, rapid, interpretive reading should also be mastered. Courses that might be helpful in this area include English literature, English composition, public speaking, and foreign languages. The study of foreign languages enhances appreciation of the exact meaning of words.

*These courses must be completed at an institution which offers 4-year degrees in the sciences.