Veterinarians diagnose medical problems, dress wounds, set broken bones, perform surgery, prescribe medicines, vaccinate animals against disease, and counsel owners about the care and feeding of animals, among other duties.


Although it is not necessary to major in a specific discipline to gain admission to veterinary school, most students major in one of the life sciences as excellent preparation for veterinary studies.

Centre College offers all of the courses necessary to gain admission to veterinary school. In general, students applying to veterinary school are expected to have completed at least two semesters of biology with lab, two semesters of physics with lab, and four semesters of chemistry with lab, including inorganic and organic chemistry.

Students are encouraged to contact the veterinary schools in their home states to gain a better understanding of specific course requirements of these institutions. Because Kentucky does not have a veterinary school, the state has a contract arrangement with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University that reserves a specific portion of each entering class to Kentucky residents.

Pre-veterinary students should consult with faculty advisor Professor Amanda Falk and can reach her by email here.

What Courses Will I Take?

Required Courses for Pre-Veterinary Students

BIO 110 • Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology
BIO 210 • Introduction to Genetics
BIO 230 • Vertebrate Nutrition
BMB 210 • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
CHE 131 • General Chemistry I
CHE 132 • General Chemistry II
CHE 241 • Organic Chemistry I
CHE 242 • Organic Chemistry II
PHY 110 • Introduction to Physics -or- PHY 210 • General Physics I
PHY 120 • Introductory Physics -or- PHY 230 • General Physics III

Recommended Courses for Pre-Veterinary Students

BIO 320 • Natural History of Vertebrates
BIO 325 • Vertebrate Morphology
BIO 335 • Developmental Biology
BIO 340 • Microbiology
BIO 345 • Histology
BIO 350 • General and Comparative Animal Physiology
BIO 355 • Immunology
BIO 385 • Cellular Neurobiology
BIO 455 • The Biology of Viruses
BMB 310 • Macromolecules
BMB 320 • Cellular Metabolism
BMB 340 • Cell Biology