Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi


A veterinarian will attend from 6 – 8 years of school after high school!

Visit this site to learn about veterinary medicine:

There are 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States.  Visit here to read more about the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

To enter veterinary school, you will need:

  •  2-3 years of undergraduate courses, or a BA or BS in any major that you choose (alternatively, many schools have an early-entry program beginning in freshman year),
  • Experience in a veterinary setting by working with or shadowing a veterinarian,
  • A competitive GRE score,
  • Letters of evaluation that address personal qualities and characteristics of applicant, and
  • Evidence of leadership and community involvement.

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is a centralized application program used by 25 U.S. Veterinary Medical Colleges, along with two Canadian Veterinary Medical Colleges and international institutions.  Each year, the VMCAS application is open from June – September.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your preparation for veterinary medical school.