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Where does my path start?
You will complete an Associate of Science-Transfer (AS-T) Track 1 at Shoreline.
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.
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
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
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.
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: www.aavmc.org
Washington State University-D.V.M. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Contact info: Admission@vetmed.wsu.edu
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.