Hiram College

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration

Traditional Undergraduate

Calling future vets

Pre-veterinary students thrive at Hiram College and become wholly prepared to excel at veterinary school and in a career in veterinary medicine. Our strength in educating future veterinarians stems from a commitment to wholly educating health professionals and the hands-on experience students gain interacting with small, large and exotic animals at the 500-acre James H. Barrow Field Station.

Since 2000, 90 percent of Hiram graduates who have applied for veterinary school have been accepted – well above the national average of approximately 50 percent.


Katie (Hellner-Burris) Boatright ’09
Associate veterinarian, Baker Animal Hospital (Clark, Pa.)
D.V.M., University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
B.A., Hiram College, neuroscience

Without the guidance of dedicated faculty and several veterinary alumni, I would not have been nearly as well-prepared for the grueling application process of veterinary school. Furthermore, being a Hiramite opened doors for me in research opportunities and veterinary shadowing experiences that helped me to understand the profession and develop my problem-solving skills prior to entering vet school.

Field Station: Internships, Field Experience, Research

Veterinary colleges require applicants to have substantial experience working with animals, and the experience students gain through internships, field experience and research at the College-owned 500-acre Field Station is unmatched.

Students can be paid to work with and research wildlife, including: white-winged wood ducks, Madagascar teals, trumpeter swans and various fish, frog, turtle and snake species. The Field Station is also home to an avian rehabilitation wing, in which students and staff care for an assortment of injured birds. Many science courses contain hands-on components at the Field Station.

The Field Station also partners with local wildlife facilities, including:

  • The Akron Zoo
  • Medina Raptor Center
  • Penitentiary Glen Reservation
  • Sylvan Heights Bird Park
  • Portage Count Soil and Water Conservation District

Hiram students spend time at these organizations for field research and hands-on work. These partnerships often connect students to internships and jobs.

This breadth of hands-on experience, combined with our comprehensive and interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, ensures pre-vet students gain the type of knowledge that will set them apart from their peers. Veterinary colleges are looking for more than animal lovers who are strong in the sciences. They seek students who know how to run a business, communicate with clients, conduct research and work in areas the public doesn’t usually associate with veterinary medicine, including: biomedical research, food supply veterinary medicine and public health.

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Nicolas Hirsch, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Pre-Veterinary Medicine is a part of Hiram Health

Health is at the core of everything we do at Hiram College. It’s in our curriculum, in our residence halls and in our programming. It’s in everything we do. The liberal arts education you receive at Hiram will provide a strong foundation for your health care career aspirations.

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