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Veterinary Medicine Pre-Major, AS-T1 Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 at Shoreline.

Use the AS-T Track 1 Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.

A typical next step would be to complete a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year school, then apply for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) programs. Not all Veterinary schools require a Bachelor degree, but very few students without a Bachelor’s are selected for admission.

Where can I go for help?

Faculty Advisors

Kira Wennstrom
206-546-4578 Rm 2816
Joyce Fagel
206-546-6984 Rm 5229

For course info and entry codes, contact:

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

Career Planning

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Where can I transfer for a Bachelor’s degree?

The AS-T makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. with junior standing within a four-year Bachelor’s degree program. The courses recommended to prepare for a Veterinary Medicine program align well with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology; however, a science-related major is not required to apply to most Veterinary Medicine programs.

Where can I study Veterinary Medicine?

The only school in Washington state that offers a Veterinary Medicine program is Washington State University - Pullman campus.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Although the DVM program at WSU will accept MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , and MATH& 146  for admission, the AS-T degree and most baccalaureate science programs require MATH& 151 , MATH& 152  and MATH& 163  or MATH 211 .

Communication (8-10 Credits)

Take ENGL& 101  and either ENGL& 102 , ENGL& 230 , or CMST& 101 .

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Select one of the following courses:

ART 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105  

Humanities and Social Sciences - 15 Credits

Select one course from the Humanities  course list, one course from the Social Sciences  course list, and a third course from either list.

Pre-Major Requirements - 59.5-67 Credits

Major Science Sequence

Select any two biology, chemistry, or physics sequences from the list below to complete the AS degree; DVM programs require all three sequences. Choose either Algebra- or Calculus-based physics, not both.

Biology: BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 212 , BIOL& 213  

Algebra-based Physics: PHYS& 114 , PHYS& 115 , PHYS& 116   -OR-

Calculus-based Physics: PHYS& 221 , PHYS& 222 , PHYS& 223  

Chemistry: CHEM& 241 /CHEM 271 , CHEM& 242 /CHEM 272 , CHEM& 243 /CHEM 273  

More information about programs in Veterinary Medicine

D.V.M. programs require four years of study. Admission is competitive. While not all programs require a Bachelor’s degree, most applicants have one. Students can complete most prerequisite courses at Shoreline, but must take upper division genetics and additional biology courses at a baccalaureate institution. Recommended baccalaureate majors are: animal science, biology, chemistry, microbiology, wildlife or zoology; but any major is accepted as long as specific prerequisite courses are completed. The application process takes a full year and includes demonstration of veterinary experience, GRE exam scores and letters of recommendation.

For more information:

  • American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges:

Washington State University-D.V.M. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Contact info:

WSU DVM admission requirements: MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , and MATH& 146  or MATH 211 ; BIOL& 211 , BIOL& 212 , BIOL& 213 , CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 , CHEM 172 /CHEM 182 , CHEM 173 /CHEM 183 , CHEM& 241 /CHEM 271 , CHEM& 242 /CHEM 272 PHYS& 114 , PHYS& 115 , Biochemistry and Genetics, plus 40 credits of general education courses. Animal volunteer and/or work experience is very important.

Biochemistry and Genetics are typically taken after transfer to a university. SCC Biochemistry, CHEM 255 , CHEM 256  is accepted by WSU D.V.M. programs.

Veterinary Medicine -What is it?

Veterinary Medicine is a branch of medicine involving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness and disease in animals including household pets, livestock and wildlife.

Areas of study in Veterinary Medicine: Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Pathology, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Epidemiology, Parasitology, Radiology, Reproductive Medicine, Surgery, Animal Behavior, Public Health, Professional Ethics, Clinical Practice and Management.

What can I do with a Degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine?

The majority of veterinarians work in a private medical practice treating household pets, while others extend their practice to farm animals, livestock and wild animals. Veterinarians develop the knowledge and skills to work in a variety of career fields to include: private practice, food and safety inspection, livestock inspection, public health, global health, research and development, and education. Veterinarians must be licensed by a state in order to practice.

Potential employers include: Private veterinary practice, Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies, colleges and universities, public health clinics, and animal shelters. For more, please visit career information and resources at

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

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