Veterinary medicine encompasses a very diverse professional field. Although traditionally associated with treating and preventing animal disease, veterinarians are also directly involved in protecting public health. The veterinary field has become very specialized, with most veterinarians choosing to concentrate in areas such as small animal, large animal, food animal, or exotic animal species.
Following completion of pre-veterinary studies, veterinary school is a standard 4-year curriculum. Veterinarians may go directly into practice after veterinary school; internships and residencies are available but not required.
For those who want to become clinical specialists, internships and residencies are available at larger referral centers. Veterinary medical specialties exist in areas such as internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, dentistry, dermatology, theriogenology (reproduction), radiology, toxicology, emergency/critical care, and zoological medicine, to name a few. Specialty boards grant board certification to candidates who successfully complete residencies and pass specialty board examinations.
Opportunities also exist to enter private industry (especially nutrition and pharmaceuticals), food safety, public health/epidemiology, disaster preparedness, government, and military service.
There is one school of veterinary medicine in North Carolina: NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Recommended Core Courses
The following courses are current prerequisites for the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State University.
|COURSE||SEMESTER HOURS||COURSE NUMBERS|
|Biochemistry||3 or 4||CHEM 4165|
|Biology with lab**||4||BIOL 2120/2130, with labs|
|General Chemistry with labs||8||CHEM 1251/1252, with labs|
|Organic Chemistry with labs||8||CHEM 2131/2132, with labs|
|English Composition / Writing / Communications||6||UWRT 1103, UWRT 1104, or COMM 1101|
|Genetics||3 or 4||BIOL 3166|
|Microbiology with lab||4||BIOL 4250, with lab|
|Physics with labs||8||PHYS 1101/1102 or 2101/2102, with labs|
|Statistics||3||STAT 1220, 1221, or 1222|
* Animal Nutrition courses can be taken online through an accredited university or college; suggested online programs include NC State University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, and Rutgers University.
**UNC Charlotte does not offer a one-semester “integrated” biology course, therefore the full 2-course sequence of BIOL 2120/2130 must be taken.
Pre-Veterinary Club: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @unccprevet
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
- National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
- North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
- North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board
- Student American Veterinary Medical Association
- World Health Organization
- NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine