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Veterinary Medicine

2013-14 FINALIZED 2-3-14 

Advisor: 

KIMBERLY MURPHY, Assistant Professor
B.A., Winona State; Ph.D., Washington State

Although most of our students attend vet school through the traditional route (after four years of undergraduate), Augustana College is one of only three colleges with an early acceptance agreement with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Students are accepted at the beginning of their second year at Augustana and must maintain a minimum grade-point average. Our agreement is not only an early admission program, but also a 3-4 program, meaning students can enter the vet school after their third year at Augustana. After their first year of veterinary school, they return to graduate at Augustana, then finish the remaining three years of vet school (seven total years). This is not restricted to Illinois residents.

Students also may participate in clinical rotations during the school year at various veterinary clinics in the Quad-City area to obtain the clinical experience necessary for successful competition for admission into schools of veterinary medicine.

Students interested in veterinary medicine should consult with the advisor early in their first year of study to plan an appropriate schedule of studies.

Pre-Veterinary Program Outline

(If elective spaces exist due to AP credit or fulfillment of foreign language, General Zoology may be taken during the first year)

The following courses should be completed by the end of the first year:

· CHEM-121, CHEM-122, CHEM-123 (General Chemistry)

· BIOL-150 (Becoming Biologists, 1-credit)

· MATH-219 (Calculus) - Optional (not required by most vet schools)

· Foreign Language 101, 102, 103 if needed (less than 4 years of high school language)

· First-Year Liberal Studies Courses (LSFY 101, 102 & 103)

• Greek and Latin for Science (CLAS-111) - Optional (1 credit)

The following courses should be completed by the end of second year:

· CHEM-311, CHEM-312, CHEM-313 (Organic Chemistry)

· BIOL-200 (General Zoology) - Any term

· BIOL-210 (Cell Biology) - Any term

· BIOL-370 (Genetics)

• ENGL-201 (The Writing Process) - Optional (second writing course is required by many vet schools)

The following courses should be completed by the end of the third year:

· PHYS-101, PHYS-102, PHYS-103

· BIOL-220 (Botany)

• BIOL-360 (Comparative Physiology)

The following courses should be completed by the end of the fourth year:

· CHEM-411 (Biochemistry) - Must be taken fall term (3rd or 4th year)

· Senior Inquiry Course - in Biology or another major

· Biology 455 (Cadaver Dissection) - Can petition to take 3rd year if admitted early

• Biology - Four other courses of your choosing to complete the biology major

Additional courses currently needed for some veterinary schools:

• BIOL-263 (Nutrition)

· BIOL-343 (Microbiology)

· PSYC-100 (Intro. to Psychology)

• PSYC-240 (Intro. to Statistics and Experimental Design) Prerequisites: PSYC-100 and Permission of Instructor


• Speech course that includes oral advocacy skills or public speaking

Recommended: not required, but very helpful in vet school

· BIOL-337 (Parasitology)

· BIOL-331 (Vertebrate Zoology)

· BIOL-339 (Animal Behavior)

· BIOL-358 (Histology)

· BIOL-354 (Neuroanatomy),

• BIOL-373 (Developmental Biology)

• Internship


Pre-Veterinary 3-4 Coordinated Degree Program

Coordinated Degree Program at Augustana with College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Illinois; NOTE: Requires a 3.50 gpa, 3.50 Science gpa.  Residents of ANY state are eligible.

Required Courses - The following courses should be completed by the end of the first year:

· CHEM-121, CHEM-122, CHEM-123 (General Chemistry)

· Foreign Language 101, 102, 103 if needed (less than 4 years of high school language)

· First-Year Liberal Studies Courses (LSFY 101, 102 & 103)

• BIOL-200 (General Zoology) - Any term

The following courses should be completed by the end of second year:

· CHEM-311, CHEM-312, CEHM-313 (Organic Chemistry)

· BIOL-210 (Cell Biology) - fall term (or in spring of first year)

· BIOL-220 (Botany)

• BIOL-370 (Genetics)

The following courses should be completed by the end of the third year:

· CHEM-411 (Biochemistry I) - Only fall term

· PHYS-101, PHYS-102, PHYS-103

· BIOL-360 or BIOL-362 (Comparative or Human Physiology)

· Biology - Three other courses of your choosing (excluding Immunology, Neuroanatomy, Histology)

• You must also complete all of your 'General Education' courses during your three years.

The above course work totals 105 credits, thereby requiring 9 credits of overload, summer school or AP credit from high school. However, if the foreign language requirement has been satisfied, only 96 credits in specific courses are required. A minimum of 90 credits at Augustana are required. Note, a student wishing to earn an Augustana degree, should AVOID taking any of the following courses at Augustana: Immunology, Neuroanatomy, Histology. These courses, when taken at U. of Illinois, will fulfill the last of the requirements for your Biology Major at Augustana. A major in Chemistry would require a total of 116 credits or 107 if the foreign language requirement has been satisfied.

Additional courses to consider if you have time:

Strongly recommended:

· Senior Inquiry - in Biology or another major (can be completed during first year of vet school)

· PSYC-100 (Intro. to Psychology)

• PSYC-240 (Intro. to Statistics and Experimental Design) - "Psych Stats - prerequisites: PSYC-100 and Permission of Instructor

· BIOL-343 (Microbiology)

· BIOL-331 (Vertebrate Zoology)

· BIOL-337 (Parasitology)

· BIOL-339 (Animal Behavior)

· BIOL-255 (Human Anatomy)

· BIOL-455 (Cadaver Dissection)

• BIOL-373 (Developmental Biology)