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Whats the best major to go study in college if you want to be a veterinarian?

I’m going to college soon and I don’t know if I want to be a biology major or an agriculture major

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Maxwell’s Answer

Hi there!

I would consider pursuing an undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences or General Biology if the school you're applying to does not offer a Pre-Veterinary degree. Studying either of these subjects will provide a relevant introduction to the field of Veterinary Medicine.

Maxwell recommends the following next steps:

Search for pre-vet programs, animal sciences, or microbiology majors
Consider an associate's in applied science towards veterinary technology if vet school does not work.
Research volunteer positions at shelters or sanctuaries to decide if the field is for you.
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Darlene’s Answer

Biology would be best or Animal Science if it's offered at the college you go to.
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Andrew’s Answer

Biology would be an excellent major to prepare for veterinary school as it provides a great base of knowledge while also completing all necessary prerequisite requirements for vet school. I majored in Animal Behavior - hybrid of courses for biology, psychology, and neuroscience which also provided me that base of knowledge. I have friends who are veterinarians that did not major in a science but did complete all necessary prerequisites in addition to their major requirements. So while I do recommend majoring in a science, it is not always necessary

I’d recommend looking at which vet schools you are interested in applying and determine what their requirements are. That way you can decide which coursework better allows you to complete the prerequisites and ultimately achieve your major degree. Regardless if you are interested in small or large animal specialty (or other species), having a science background in undergraduate studies is very helpful. For large animals specialty, having agricultural coursework is also very helpful.
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