Hello Aubriee M!
I had a lot of experience in The Ohio Veterinary School as a researcher in drug detection. During that time I interacted with both faculty and students and I believe I can give you some guidance here.
I do not know your current school status but if you are not yet in college/university, you must understand veterinary school is usually a post graduate program. That means you have to get a standard BS first then you apply for veterinary school after you complete that undergraduate degree. It will take another 4 or 5 years before you are a DVM. So most prep happens in undergraduate school. Usually you will prefer a biology degree but I highly recommend at least a minor in chemistry. In your program you should emphasize anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, physiology, organic chemistry, although your program will likely have a thorough core program.
One thing we find is a common problem is the well intentioned student who is motivated mostly by cuddling warm and fuzzy animals. This tendency is important but you must remember veterinary science is a hard core, fact based discipline and to be successful you have to be utterly and completely committed! This means being willing to sacrifice some social life and to work hard to personally develop the most effective learning techniques. I should also say, you need to make the academic commitment a matter of life style.
I have some suggestions below.
Randall recommends the following next steps:
- Find the veterinary schools in your geographic region (if you are geographically limited!) and visit them. Get some promotional literature from them. Maybe consider offering some volunteer work.
- Contact undergraduate schools you might consider and ask if they have a pre-veterinary program. Or, at least, ask if they have a history of successful placement if graduates in veterinary schools.
- You might do well to focus on your state's land grant university. They may have direct lines to their own veterinary schools.
- Talk with your neighborhood veterinarian!