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I'm in highschool, but I want to be prepared about my college decisions. But I want to major to be a veternarian. I know I have to take undergrad courses 4 years, and then go to veterinary school for four years. Can I go to a community college for those undergrad required courses and then transfer to vet school?

I will also be first gen to go to college.

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Anh Thu’s Answer

I think it depends on your vet university program. There are some undergrad courses the school may require you to take at a university, not college. I highly recommend you check out the website of vet school you want to apply for and counsel with your current school counselor and do a lot research. Or if you already took any classes at college, try to reach out to the vet school to see if they are transferable and acceptable.
I went to pharmacy school and was lucky that I was able to take all required courses at college, it saved me a lot of money. Financial aid won't be enough if you are going to university unless you have great parents who would pay for all of your tuition, otherwise you may end up with a lot of debts. So think wisely and try not to borrow student loan until you actually go to vet school. Try to stick with your plan and do not give up in the process, otherwise it can cost you time and money, best of luck!
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Pamela’s Answer

Hi Bethzy,

You may be able to attend a community college for a portion of your undergraduate degree. Usually your general education classes can be taken at a community college and transfer the credits when you enroll into a university.
Make sure the credits will be able to transfer before you attend. Some community colleges are affiliated with universities and will accept them.

Good luck!
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Jay’s Answer

Hi Bethzy, you need to have a 4 year degree to get into Veterinary School. But many 4 year colleges allow you to transfer your credits from 2 year colleges to work toward your 4 year degree. Good luck!

Jay recommends the following next steps:

Next steps might be to explore 2 year colleges, but also explore what 4 year colleges you would like to consider down the road. Inquire with career counselors at the 4 year college which 2 year college classes that could be transferred for degree credit to the 4 year college.
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Kelsa’s Answer

Nowadays, most community college offer some sort of 4 year degree option. There are several options available to you that, even ten-eleven years ago when I graduated high school, was not available. If your high school offers it, take dual credit classes now. Take cord classes such as English, math, and a language that will easily transfer to any institution. And if you’re lucky enough to have a career center that offers veterinarian courses, take them while in school as well. Schools like Ivy Tech offer a Vet Tech program here that I have had friends go through before moving up to veterinarian school. Research schools around you and find out if they have it.
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nancy’s Answer

I would say that community college is a great option to complete your general education classes, but you should still go to university (or transfer) after maybe 2 years so you can take major courses in universities. from what I know, without some specific major courses in universities you would not be able to get into vet school, but like other answers have said, this will also depend on the requirements of the vet school you want to go to.
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Katherine’s Answer

You can do a program where you take 2 years of community college and 2 years at a university. For veterinary school you need a bachelors degree and then apply into the school. I reccommend researching veterinary schools you are interested in and checking what GPA you need to get in, what courses you need to take in college that are need for that program and maybe even get in contact to ask what you would need to get into the program. It would also come in handy majoring in science like biology.
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