Pre-Veterinary Science

North Park University’s pre-professional track for veterinary science is a sequence of courses and advising that will give you a solid foundation for your applications to competitive veterinary schools around the country. The pre-veterinary science track should accompany a major—most often biology or chemistry—where you’ll gain a foundation in life sciences and how the human body works.


Pre-veterinary science students are advised by faculty in the Biology Department, often Dr. Jeff Nelson. Dr. Nelson is himself a North Park alum and received his MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1984. Dr. Nelson will talk with you about your particular interests in veterinary science, and help you stay on track throughout your program at North Park. Our Pre-Professional Committee—a group of faculty in the science departments—will work with you to make sure you are prepared for your applications and interviews for veterinary school.

Course Sequences and Activities

We recommend you take the following courses alongside your major and Core Curriculum requirements to prepare for veterinary schools and a career in veterinary medicine. Some courses may also meet major/Core Curriculum requirements.

Recommended Core Courses
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Zoology
  • Introduction to Botany
  • Microbiology, Histology, or Embryology
  • Introductory Chemistry I and II
  • Advanced Human Physiology
  • Physics (often taken in the summer following second year)
  • Microbiology, Histology, or Embryology
  • Genetics or Molecular Biology
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
Other Recommendations
  • Take the VCAT and/or the GRE (check with your desired graduate school for requirements)
  • You should complete your veterinary school applications during the summer prior to your fourth year.
  • During the fourth year, re-take the VCAT or GRE if necessary.

Download a PDF of recommended courses.

Alumni Profile

Dayle Dillon, Pre-Veterinary alumnus
A childhood spent on a large horse farm along with strong support from North Park biology faculty inspired Dayle Dillon C’07 to participate in the pre-vet track and pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Read more about Dayle's experience.

Pre-Veterinary Program