Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Begin your journey to care for our animal population by pursuing a specialization in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

Students may complete a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science that includes pre-veterinary medicine requirements. The mission of the Animal Science program is to develop our students into leaders in animal agriculture. Through classroom, laboratory and extracurricular activities, graduates will have developed the following marketable skills:

  1. Agriculturally literate
  2. Teachable, leadership, followership
  3. Problem solver
  4. Professional
  5. Communicator
  6. Competent in field of Animal Science

Students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience in areas such as animal and carcass evaluation, anatomy and physiology, breed identification, animal nutrition and reproduction, diet formulation, livestock production and herd management.

Through the Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) program, there is a dynamic partnership between West Texas A&M University (WT) and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS). Set in the heart of one of the most productive animal agricultural regions in the world, VERO provides unprecedented opportunities for collaboration with industry partners and stakeholders from the region and across the nation. VERO is the culmination of an idea that began in 2009 as a response to the urgent need to expand the CVMBS and address the continual need for well-trained veterinarians skilled in the care of both large and small animals. The launch of the VERO program has already tripled the number of applicants from WT being admitted to the CVMBS’ veterinary curriculum.

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VERO offers unique educational opportunities for current CVM veterinary students, including immersive externships, summer internships, and food animal production-focused tours that introduce them to the region and the livestock industries. An essential focus is working with veterinarians and livestock industry leaders in the region. The College Station campus and VERO are seamlessly connected, bringing the resources of College Station to the Texas Panhandle and vice versa.

Beginning in 2021, vet school students who join the 2+2 program through VERO on WT’s campus will complete the first two years of their four-year veterinary curriculum in Canyon. They will receive essentially the same basic DVM education provided in College Station, but with convenient exposure to livestock and rural veterinary medicine.

Prerequisite requirements of the 30 schools and colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States vary. Students interested in applying to a school or college of veterinary medicine outside Texas should contact the school or college to obtain information on application and admission requirements.

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