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Veterinarians work in a variety of settings - clinics, zoos, farms, corporate, non-profit, and more - and with a wide range of animals, both domesticated and wild. In addition to an interest in animals, solid performance in science coursework is a requirement. See for more information on becoming a veterinarian.

 Vet 2

Make your intention to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine official by adding it as an "intended pre-professional track".


  • General Biology (BIO 105) 
  • Genetics (BIO 306) 
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology (MIC 230) 


  • General Chemistry I & II (CHM 103 & CHM 104) 
  • Organic Chemistry Survey (CHM 300) or Organic Chemistry Series I & II with laboratory (CHM 303 & CHM 304 & CHM 305) 
  • Fundamental Biochemistry (CHM 325or Biochemistry I & II (CHM 417 & CHM 418) 


  • One advanced writing course (ENG 303, ENG 307, ENG 308, ENG 309), in addition to College Writing (ENG 110)  


  • College Algebra (MTH 150) required for CHM 103 


  • Fundamental Physics I & II (PHY 103 & PHY 104) or General Physics I & II (PHY 203 & PHY 204) 


  • Elementary Statistics (STAT 145) or Mathematical Models in Biology (MTH 265) 

Additional recommendations) 

  • Comparative Animal Physiology (BIO 458) 

For additional questions, reach out to Jaclyn Wisinski in the UWL Biology Department. 

Declaring a Pre-Veterinary track will help you determine common requirements for veterinary schools in our region. However, each program's requirements vary. When selecting coursework, it is important to consult the websites of the programs to which you plan to apply.

Pre-Veterinary is NOT a major at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It is a statement of your intention to apply to veterinary schools. You will still need to select a major to complete your undergraduate degree.