Pre-veterinary Medicine

The pre-veterinary medicine major will prepare you for admission to professional veterinary programs through a broad variety of thorough and rigorous coursework. You will experience courses in diverse topics such as molecular biology, genetics, wildlife biology, chemistry and physics. Additionally, you will work alongside experienced veterinary staff at the Dan and Diane May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. You will care for sick and injured wildlife while gaining valuable experience in a clinical setting. Admission requirements for doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) programs vary greatly, however, you can rest assured knowing you will be prepared for entrance into most veterinary schools in the Southeastern U.S.

FAST FACTS

Lees-McRae has two veterinarians on faculty.

Lees-McRae recently entered into an articulation agreement with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine guaranteeing interviews for any Lees-McRae College student who meets specific academic criteria upon graduation.

Students from Lees-McRae have recently been accepted into prestigious programs within schools such as North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine and Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. 

What You’ll Study

The pre-veterinary medicine program will not only provide a variety of knowledge and skills that will develop you into an exemplary veterinary student, but will also ensure you graduate with the minimum requirements for entry into veterinary school. Beyond the core coursework, you will take courses in three major areas:  

Clinical Experiences

Clinical experience courses focus on the day-to-day care of wildlife at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on our campus. You will work with veterinary staff and volunteers to diagnose and treat injured wildlife in order to release them back into the wild. 

Molecular Sciences

Coursework in the molecular sciences is designed to ensure that students graduate with a solid foundation of knowledge in the biological sciences as it relates to normal physiology and diseased states. Histology—the study of the microscopic structure of tissues—developmental biology and cell biology courses are available to you in order to meet this requirement.

Organismal Sciences

The organismal science courses will introduce you into the ecology, cladistics, evolutionary history and behavior of organisms in the wild. Our faculty offers courses in herpetology (amphibians and reptiles), mammalogy (mammals), ornithology (birds) and animal behavior.

Beyond the Classroom

The program in pre-veterinary medicine allows for tremendous experiential learning outside of lectures. You are encouraged to seek out internships and volunteer opportunities at the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, local veterinary clinics and other local wildlife sanctuaries in the area. Additionally, our programs in the natural sciences sponsor several trips abroad to learn about animal care in different countries. For example, a biannual trip to New Zealand allows students to learn more about the care of the wildlife native to that country. 

Lees-McRae hosts events throughout the year to help you understand the veterinary school application process. Alumni currently attending veterinary school, practicing veterinarians and career services often host Q&A sessions and offer advice to current students. Lees-McRae also hosts an annual wildlife medicine symposium to bring members of the local veterinary medicine community to our campus to foster relationships between students and industry professionals.

Popular Minors

Mathematics
Psychology

After Graduation

Designed specifically for students who wish to attend veterinary school in pursuit of a doctor of veterinary medicine degree, the program also meets many of the requirements for other professional programs, such as medical, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy schools and other natural science programs with minimal additional coursework.  

Meet the Faculty

Amber McNamara, DVM 
Assistant Professor of Biology

Billy Carver, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology

Claude Pyatte, DVM
Associate Professor of Biology

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