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Undergraduate

Pre-Vet

A career as a veterinarian is a great choice for someone who loves helping animals. Vets provide both preventative and emergency care—ensuring that our feathered, furred and scaled friends are healthy, happy and well-cared for—and to do that they need a broad education and variety of skills.

A career as a veterinarian is a great choice for someone who has a passion for caring for animals. Vets provide both preventative and emergency care—ensuring that our feathered, furred and scaled friends are healthy, happy and well-cared for—and to do that they need a broad education and variety of skills.  Becoming a veterinarian requires a strong academic background in math, research and the sciences, as well as good communications and interpersonal skills.

Designed for flexibility, Assumption’s program offers opportunities to major in Biology, Chemistry, or Health Sciences and complete the Concentration in Pre-Clinical Health Professions.  This interdisciplinary concentration provides the student with the strong background in mathematics, science, and the social sciences necessary for successful graduate study in veterinary medicine.  Pre-vet students work closely with Professor Steven Theroux, Assumption’s Health Professions Coordinator, to develop their course schedule in accordance with their professional ambitions and personal academic interests.

Assumption’s pre-vet program, coupled with the University’s liberal arts education will provide you with what you need to pursue a career in the field, and assist the animals that need your help. Students in the pre-vet program are encouraged to volunteer in the local community to learn more about the veterinary industry.

Program Contact

Brian K. Niece, Ph.D

Department Chair, Biological and Physical Sciences, Professor of Chemistry
508-767-7209 Testa Science Center - Room 209

AN Ideal Place To Learn

100%
All classes taught by professors, none by teaching assistants
Students from 29 states and 21 countries
11:1
Student/Faculty ratio

Program Curriculum

  • The Pre-Vet program prepares students to enter veterinary school after receiving their bachelor’s degree from Assumption. This advisory program provides students with recommended coursework accepted by most veterinary schools. Students are encouraged to check with each school in which they are interested in applying to be sure they meet all pre-requisites. Students in the Pre-Vet program are also encouraged to volunteer in the local community to learn more about the veterinary industry.

    Courses Offered
    BIO 160 Concepts in Biology
    BIO 220 Genetics
    BIO 240 Human Anatomy
    BIO 250 OR BIO 340 Microbiology OR Cellular Biology
    BIO 370 Physiology
    CHE 131-132 General Chemistry I and II (Note CHE132 requires MAT114 or higher as a pre-requisite.)
    CHE 201-202 Organic Chemistry I and II
    CHE 414 Biochemistry
    MAT 114 OR MAT 117 Elementary Functions OR Calculus I
    PHY 201-202 General Physics I and II
    PSY 101 General Psychology Statistics
    PSY 265 OR SOC 300 OR ECO115
    HSC 100 Systems Approach to Delivering Health Care
    SOC 121 Principles of Sociology
    Course Descriptions

Experiential Learning

Assumption's Rome Campus

At Assumption's campus in Rome, Italy, the city and the country become your classroom through daily and weekend-long excursions throughout "the eternal city" and the Italian countryside. This unique study abroad experience will enrich your academic and cultural pursuits as you walk in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators then enjoy delectable Italian cuisine or perhaps a cappuccino after class in a local cafe. (Did you know that your financial aid follows you to Rome?)

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Internships

Assumption starts planning for your future the day you arrive on campus. Our Career Development and Internship Center helps students secure exciting and fulfilling internships where you’ll apply knowledge obtained in the classroom in a professional setting, preparing for a future career or additional study. Assumption connects students to internship opportunities in corporations, government agencies, research hospitals, non-profit organizations, and more.

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We’ll help cut through the complexity of financing your education, ensuring you understand what you need, how to apply for aid, and what’s expected of you. You will be assigned a personal financial aid advisor who will guide you through the process and answer all of your financial aid-related questions.


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