Nazareth's pre-veterinary program prepares students interested in applying to veterinary schools to earn a degree (DVM). Most veterinary schools require a strong undergraduate background in the sciences as well as extensive and diverse clinical experience. Pre-veterinary students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 and perform at least 400 hours of community/pre-veterinary clinical service.

Competitive applicants typically have engaged in two or more areas of “Veterinary Experience” (small animal, large animal, research, food animal, production, exotic, aquatic, wildlife, zoological medicine, etc.) with substantial depth documented in at least one of these areas.

Related animal experiences are also viewed positively, such as working with livestock, breeding or showing various species, working at a zoo/aquarium/pet shop, or volunteering at an animal shelter. All animal experiences must be supported by a letter of evaluation, at least one of which should be from a veterinarian who can assess the student’s understanding of the profession.

Additional Information

Students wishing to apply to any of the 28 U.S. veterinary medical colleges (and/or the 4 Canadian veterinary medical colleges) must do so through the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Veterinary Medical College Application Service. The specific requirements for each college can be found on the AAVMC website.

Students applying to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine must take either the GRE General Test (preferred) or the MCAT examination. The typical average GPA is 3.7 or above. Please visit the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine website for more detailed information.

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Descriptions

Pre-Veterinary (minor)

Contact Information

Amber Flynn Charlebois

Amber Flynn Charlebois

Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Peckham Hall 234

Education: Ph.D., University at Buffalo; B.S., Syracuse University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Synthetic and physical organic chemistry, drug design, biochemistry, investigations into the interactions of the small dye molecule cresyl violet with nucleic acids, synthesis of stercobilin (a potential biomarker for childhood autism), and development of new undergraduate laboratory experiments.

Pre-veterinary program at Nazareth College

Example Careers/Outcomes

  • Veterinarian

Undergraduate Research Topics

  • Biochemical analysis of animal skin secretions

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine