Interested in Becoming a Veterinarian?

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.

Both programs have a high rate of success helping students gain admission to one of the 28 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited schools in the United States.

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

While there are differences in math and physics requirements, the curriculum for both majors in the first two years is otherwise very similar with courses in biology, chemistry, English, and general education.

Prospective students should take time to explore the differences in course requirements for the last two years of each major’s eight-semester plan:

Which major is best for me?

It is possible for students enrolled in either major to meet the minimum requirements for veterinary school admission.

The minimum requirements of nearly all U. S. schools are included in the eight semester plan of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Students enrolled in Animal Science must select an additional physics course to meet the minimum requirements.

The "best" major for an individual student is probably the one that best meets the student’s alternative career plan and interests.

Students with an interest and aptitude in the biomedical sciences may be best served in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Students with an interest and aptitude in animal management may be best served by the slightly more applied Animal Science curriculum.

Which should I choose?

You should choose the program with which 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.

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.

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

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