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Pre-Veterinary

The areas of study available at Coe provide excellent preparation for students seeking to enter a professional school or graduate program. As early as possible in their undergraduate years, students should coordinate a four-year academic program with the entrance requirements of the graduate institutions in which they are interested.

The course of study for Coe Pre-Veterinary normally includes an emphasis on biology and chemistry, with additional related study possible in physics and mathematics. Coe's biology, chemistry and pre-med clubs can help you meet and interact with students who share your interests.

Because some students at Coe College are interested in careers in Veterinary Medicine, special faculty advisors are available to confer with those who want to fulfill the requirements for entrance into postgraduate training for this area. Your Coe advisor can facilitate internships and other practical experiences to help you learn more about the professional specialties in which you are interested.

Program Outcomes:

Coe graduates have an excellent record of admission to leading graduate and professional schools.

Preparing Yourself In College:

  • Follow the pre-health course of study. This will include science requirements - usually biology, chemistry and physics courses.
  • Contact a Biology faculty member or one of the prehealth advisors (Dr. Dean, Dr. Hadow, or Dr. Leonardo). They will help you to plan out your schedule of classes. You will also have the opportunity to set up an internship, get experience, and keep your application process on schedule.
  • Check with the veterinary schools where you want to apply for specific courses they will require for admission. You may need to add some courses to meet a school's special requirements, and these courses can be taken through general education requirements.
  • Visit your own family veterinarian and ask him or her questions about a career in veterinary medicine.
  • Join the Premed Club, Biology, or Chemistry Clubs and enjoy the company of students with similar interests.

Successful Graduates:

Molly Schlichenmayer graduated in 2013 with degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Neuroscience. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is in her first year of veterinary school at Colorado State University.

"My experiences while at Coe College allowed me to explore various areas of science as I considered different career paths.  Research opportunities, both on and off campus, helped me gain skills that prepared me well for my continuing education. Faculty members provided hands-on experiences and guidance that really allowed me to make the most out of my time at Coe." - Molly Schlichenmayer '13

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