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Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine

Post-Baccalaureate Students

Did you discover (or rediscover) your passion for a career in veterinary medicine after you achieved your four-year bachelor's degree?

What Courses Do You Need?

Check our requirements to see what courses you may be missing. You may need to return to college to gain your prerequisite courses in order to apply for admission. 

If your courses are older than 10 years, you may

  • need to retake specific courses (for example organic chemistry, biochemistry, or an advanced life science course) 
  • take high level courses in the subject areas (for example, take higher level biology courses with labs instead of completing general biology again)

How Do You Achieve This?

Pre-Vet Programs

Some colleges and universities offer post-baccalaureate, pre-vet/pre-med programs. These programs provide the additional coursework needed to apply to a medical curriculum and often offer some advising.

Continuing Education Department

The continuing education department at your local college or university may offer the correct courses. Be sure to select courses that challenge you and fulfill all our requirements.