Thanks for the great question and as a community college academic advisor, I’m glad to provide guidance to you about relevant coursework for veterinary medicine in the same way if you were a student in my office. So, have a seat (so to speak) and let’s begin.
First, it is important to discern a Veterinary Medicine program that you would consider applying to because in doing so, you are able to identify the necessary prerequisites to enter this graduate program. In Oregon, Oregon State University has an accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program with a good reputation. See their website:
As a student seeking admission to a DVM program, your educational path from a community college would involve completing the relevant pre vet courses, with an emphasis on the science and math courses) at the two year college and potentially earning an associate’s transfer degree, transferring to four year university in a major related to Veterinary Medicine, like zoology, and then applying to a DVM program as a potential graduate student as you complete your undergraduate bachelor's degree.
At the community college, I advise you to complete the math requirements, often including college algebra and statistics, English composition: two terms, Speech, Humanities courses like English literature, and Social Science courses like psychology, and science courses like General Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy.
Angela, this list is a broad stroke. The key step for you is to identify and work with a pre-vet academic advisor who understands these requirements and/or can communicate with a four year university academic advisor who has a direct understanding of both the course requirements and the admission process for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine schools.
Keep in mind, when starting at a community college, the sooner you identify an informed pre vet academic advisor the better. This pre vet advisor can guide you to begin in the appropriate courses you need to take in the right sequence. The sequence is important because many science courses require competency in math and science that you may well need to work your way through. Taking the right sequence of courses allows you, in an efficient way, to finish the precise academic plan, an extensive list for a pre vet major.
With the helpful guidance of a pre vet advisor, you can accomplish this goal, Angela!
Hope this answer helps and I wish you great success!
James recommends the following next steps:
- Seek a DVM or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program to learn the required courses for this program
- Identify and work with a pre vet academic advisor at the community college and university
- Create a road map of courses which allow you to transfer to a four year college and eventually apply to a DVM program