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Pre-Veterinary (BS)

Dr. Theresa Schenkel examining a dog's ear

Why study pre-veterinary?

Turn your love of animals into a meaningful career! USF’s Pre-Vet Medicine in Biology program will prepare you with the academic knowledge and practical experience needed to get into Veterinary school — and to build a successful career!

Our Pre-Vet Medicine in Biology curriculum blends a strong scientific foundation with practical experience. Specialized courses like animal nutrition, vertebrate physiology, microbiology, comparative anatomy, and genetics will give you an advantage when applying to veterinary school.

USF had everything I needed. I knew the faculty, they knew me, and the instruction was one-to-one.

Dr. Theresa Schenkel, DVM

Connect with Professionals

You’ll have ample opportunity to meet with and learn from doctors of veterinarian medicine through

  • Internships and job shadowing: We’ll help you find the perfect fit
  • Science Seminars: Each week during the academic year, USF science students attend seminars where they connect with and learn from area professionals.

Learn from Expert and Caring Faculty

USF Biology professors are all working scientists, researchers, or practitioners. They share their knowledge and experience with students, and connect them to individualized experiences.

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Dr. Theresa Schenkel examining xray

Career Outlook & Success


Expected job growth for veterinarians by 2026


Median pay per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Be Mentored and Guided

I really appreciate the Biology professors and the time they give students outside of class. Because they know us and know our interests, they give great advice on graduate programs and they write personal recommendations.

Elizabeth Long ‘19
Biology and Environmental Science major

Ready to start?

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Vist USF

Whether you know what you want to see, who you want to meet or are just exploring your options, we will personalize your campus visit to fit your needs.

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Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester. Get an idea on what each semester could look like.

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