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Explore pre-veterinary medicine at UW-Eau Claire

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers a rigorous curriculum and experiential learning opportunities that will prepare you well for a career as a veterinarian. Pre-veterinary medicine is not a major at UW-Eau Claire, but rather a declaration of your intention to enroll in a graduate-level veterinary program and become a veterinarian.

Careers in veterinary medicine deal with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in animals. The scope of veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild. A specific major is not required to get into veterinary school, but many UWEC pre-veterinary medicine students choose to major in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology or microbiology. 

Entry into vet school is often based on a student’s academic record, interviews, letters of recommendation and other criteria set by particular programs. Most schools of veterinary medicine also require experience with animals, perhaps gained through a farm background or working as an assistant to a veterinarian, as well as the completion of the general test of the Graduate Record Examination. 

Our exceptional faculty and career advisors are aware of these requirements and ensure you gain the knowledge and experiences necessary for acceptance into graduate school. Previous pre-veterinary medicine students have been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and Murdoch University in Australia. 

Monica Dickson credits supportive professors with helping her prepare to pursue her dream of being a veterinarian.

Supportive professors and hard work pave the way to grad school

With dreams of becoming a veterinarian, Monica Dickson came to UW-Eau Claire knowing its strong science programs would challenge her, while also preparing her to succeed in her future career. 

“The professors here care so much about their students and genuinely want to see them do well, so they are willing to meet and help you,” Monica said. “There always was someone to help me when I got stuck or felt like I couldn't do it.” 

Getting to know her professors helped her excel academically and to find new opportunities — from research projects to internships — preparing her well for what was next. With a major in biology and minor in chemistry, Monica recently graduated from UWEC and is now studying at the veterinary school at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Pre-veterinary medicine scholarships

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation provides many scholarships for incoming and current Blugolds, including those interested in pre-veterinary medicine. For example, the Jay Mettler Pre-Veterinary Medicine Scholarship awards $1,000 to a student who plans to enroll in veterinary school at UW-Madison. Additionally, the Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation - Pre-Veterinary scholarship also awards $1,000 to a student from a Wisconsin family farm who has financial need and is entering or continuing study in pre-veterinary medicine. 

Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.

Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire

Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible. 

To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on your academics.  
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC

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Pre-veterinary medicine highlights

Relevant student organizations. On-campus student organizations — like the Pre-Vet Club — connect you with other students also interested in becoming veterinarians. These extracurriculars are an excellent way to network and learn the latest techniques and trends in the industry. 

Engaged faculty. Courses are taught by expert, engaged faculty who will take time to invest in you. Your professors will know you by name and will do all they can to support you in earning your bachelor's degree. Utilize them to get the most out of your education, whether it's through research collaborations, career advice or a letter of recommendation.

Innovative facilities. UW-Eau Claire is one of only a few schools of its size with a career center dedicated to supporting pre-veterinary medicine students. The William J. and Marian A. Klish Health Careers Center offers one-on-one advising, opportunities to meet with professional school admissions representatives, connections to health-related clinical research and volunteer opportunities, and workshops designed to build effective tools for career development and competitive applications.

Typical first-year courses may include:

Completion of the university writing requirement is also recommended.

Learn more about pre-veterinary medicine in the UWEC course catalog.

Related programs at UW-Eau Claire

A few majors that would best support a career path in veterinary medicine include:

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