Compare two programs offered by the College of Ag Sciences that can prepare students for veterinary school: the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major, and the Science option of the Animal Science major.

The right path for you.

  • Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major
  • Science option within the Animal Science major

Both programs have a high rate of success helping students gain admission to one of the 31 schools accredited by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the United States.

Penn State has an excellent reputation among veterinary colleges, and our students routinely report that they are better prepared than many of their classmates, both academically and in the practical application of their knowledge to veterinary medicine.

What are the differences between Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and Animal Science?

  • Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences: ideal for students with an interest and aptitude in the biomedical sciences. The minimum requirements of nearly all U.S. vet schools are included in the eight-semester plan.
  • Animal Science: strong choice for students who are applied learners. Animal Science students must select an additional physics course to meet the minimum requirements.

The curriculum for both majors in the first two years is very similar with courses in biology, chemistry, English, and general education. Compare different course requirements for the last two years of each major's eight-semester plan:

Which should I choose?

Go where you have the greatest comfort level. Both programs can provide you with the opportunity to gain the academic and extracurricular credentials to be successful. 

Our dedicated advisers in both majors excel at assisting students with course selection and helping them gain the experiences needed to be competitive for admission to veterinary schools.

Learn more.

Animal Science

If you're interested in the science or business of animal management, our Animal Science major might be a good fit for you. 

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences 

Discover opportunities in veterinary medicine, public health, and biomedical research with our major in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.