Hiram College

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration

Traditional Undergraduate

Calling future vets

Students need real expertise and experience to be accepted into highly competitive veterinary schools. That’s why Hiram College offers the pre-veterinary concentration for science majors. At Hiram, pre-vet students can pursue hands-on learning opportunities, from shadowing working veterinarians to studying wildlife at the college-owned 500-acre Field Station.

Who are Hiram’s Pre-Veterinary Concentration Students?

Motivated, hard-working, willing to take risks—these are the characteristics of students successful in the pre-veterinary concentration. They quickly find a supportive environment working closely with their professors and classmates, making their college experience rewarding and memorable.

Unique Pre-Veterinary Experience

Most students who choose the pre-veterinary concentration major in biology, but some study biochemistry, chemistry or biomedical humanities. The unique combination of a broad science curriculum and a liberal arts foundation at Hiram prepares pre-vet students to use their knowledge and creativity to tackle new challenges.

Students experience an intimate learning environment and hands-on opportunities at Hiram, preparing them to excel in vet school and their careers. Practical experience starts in on-campus labs and the nearby James H. Barrow Biological Field Station.

The Field Station’s resources and partnerships give students a chance to:

  • Perform coursework in outdoor settings.
  • Research white-winged wood ducks, Madagascar teals, trumpeter swans, and various fish, frog, turtle and snake species.
  • Work with staff to care for injured birds in the avian rehabilitation wing.
  • Pursue opportunities with partner wildlife facilities including the Akron Zoo, Medina Raptor Center, Penitentiary Glen Reservation, Sylvan Heights Bird Park and Portage County Soil and Water Conservation District.

These opportunities make it easy for students to explore their interests. Depending on their interests and goals, they can further specialize by choosing a minor such as environmental studies or neuroscience. Students also get experience in real work environments by fulfilling their job shadowing requirement.

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.

Getting into Veterinary School

The number one goal of the pre-veterinary degree concentration is to prepare students for veterinary school. Many Hiram graduates go on to attend Ohio State University, which offers one of the top veterinary programs in the country. Graduates have also been admitted to veterinary programs at Michigan State University and Mississippi State University. You can find more information on graduate school and career opportunities by visiting the After Hiram page.

To view the pre-veterinary medicine concentration requirements at Hiram, visit our program page. If you have any questions about the pre-veterinary medicine concentration, please feel free to contact our faculty and staff.


Nicolas Hirsch Headshot

Nicolas Hirsch, Ph.D.

Director, School of Science & Technology
Associate Professor of Biology

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.