Hiram College

Pre-Vet Advising and Curriculum

Advising

The Health Science Board assists future veterinary students in completing curricular and testing requirements during their time at Hiram. Students should meet with one of the pre-vet advisor before the end of their freshman year to discuss and plan coursework for subsequent years.

CONTACT:
Nick Hirsch, Ph.D.
hirschn@hiram.edu
330.569.5848

Additional Resources

Curriculum

Most Hiram students bound for veterinary school choose to major in biology, but some have also chosen biochemistry, chemistry or biomedical humanities. Students must complete the following prerequisites before the end of fall semester their senior year:

  • Introduction to Biology I and II (BIO 15100 and 15200)
  • Microbiology (BIO 33800)
  • Genetics (BIO 36500)
  • Immunology (BIO 36600)
  • Structure and Bonding (CHEM 12000)
  • Introduction to Chemical Analysis (CHEM 12100)
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry (CHEM 22000)
  • Intermediate Organic Chemistry (CHEM 32000)
  • A freshman seminar course
  • Calculus I (MATH 19800)
  • Principles of Physics I and II (PHYS 11300 and 11400)
  • Basic courses in the liberal arts as determined by the graduation requirements of Hiram

Testing and Additional Requirements

Most veterinary colleges accept the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), but some will accept the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). You must take the admission test before Sept. 1 in the year prior to your enrollment. For students entering The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, the average GRE was 1192 and the average GPA was 3.65.

Shadowing

All veterinary schools require substantial shadowing experience involving large and small animals, over as long a period as possible. In addition to broad exposure, the applicant should fully explore a main area of interest to them. Veterinary schools are looking for both practical experience and a concrete record of commitment to the profession. Thus, the earlier a student can begin shadowing, and the more consistent and persistent they are with this requirement, the better prepared he/she will be. Minimal requirements for shadowing time for each school are listed on the AAVMC website.

Faculty advisors match Hiram students up with a wide variety of veterinarians to choose among for this shadowing work in a clinical practice. Several of these veterinarians are in the Hiram area while others are throughout Northeast Ohio. In addition, each year students initiate contact with new veterinarians they know to do this shadowing work near their homes during breaks and in the summer. Students also can work with animals at the James H. Barrow Field Station in the general collection and in the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Waterfowl Conservation program, interacting with the vets who do health checks and possibly shadowing veterinarians at the Akron Zoo and our other partners.