School List – 10 Top Pre-Veterinary Colleges


Pre-veterinary colleges, also referred to as pre-vet colleges, are the recommended track for those interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Pre-vet colleges offer a wide range of classes that cover veterinary prerequisites such as business management for opening private practices, as well as chemistry and biology for animal health and food safety.

Overall, pre-vet programs are ideal for students interested in becoming practicing veterinarians as they help build a strong foundation in veterinary science and medicine. Read on to learn more about some of the top pre-veterinary colleges in the U.S.


The following criteria were used in compiling this list of 10 top pre-vet programs across the United States. Not all of the criteria are specific to all programs, but all schools met a majority of these guidelines:

  1. Advising specifically for pre-vet students: Although most schools do not offer a degree specifically in pre-vet medicine, all of these schools did have advisors available specifically for pre-vet students to help them develop a plan of study for their pre-vet coursework and/or in their science major.

  2. Veterinary school agreements: Many of these schools had agreements with actual veterinary schools that guaranteed a certain number of seats to graduates of their pre-vet program should they meet all the necessary application requirements.

  3. Hands-on experience: These schools all had opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience working with animals either through an on-school site or thought opportunities in vet clinics or with veterinarians.

  4. Pre-vet club: Many of these schools offered a pre-vet club, through which students could meet others interested in the field, study for courses (most schools required at least a C in pre-vet classes), gain experience, or even prepare for veterinary school admissions.

Rachel Drummond (Writer)

Rachel is a freelance writer, educator, and yogini from Oregon. She’s taught English to international university students in the United States and Japan for more than a decade and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Oregon. A dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner, Rachel is interested in exploring the nuanced philosophical aspects of contemplative physical practices and how they apply in daily life. She writes about this topic among others on her blog (Instagram: @racheldrummondyoga).