Love animals? Fascinated by systems in the body? Veterinarians fill a unique niche in the medical field as health care professionals whose patients are pets, farm animals, research subjects, and service animals. And just like physicians for humans, veterinarians devote their careers to the care, treatment, and prevention of illness for their patients.
TCC's Pre-Veterinary Program will give you a solid introduction into the concepts, terminology, and current advances in this fascinating field.
TCC offers courses that cover the first two years of a typical four-year college Pre-Veterinary Program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.
We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate of Science Degree - Biology Specialization and plan to transfer to WSU's veterinary school.
- Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
- The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the Humanities and Social Science courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
- At least five credits must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
- PHYS& 114 and 115, or PHYS& 221 and 222 are strongly recommended as elective courses.
- No more than three PE activity credits may apply to this degree.
- No more than five credits of electives may be from courses that are not listed under the Communication, Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, or General Distribution Courses sections of the Approved Distribution Course List.
Pre-veterinary students usually earn bachelor's degrees in biology, zoology, or other
related disciplines, applying to veterinary schools during their senior year. In addition
to college coursework, pre-veterinary students must obtain experience working with
animals and animal care.
The only veterinary school in our region is Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. If admitted to veterinary school, it takes at least 4 years to earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). We strongly encourage pre-veterinary students to contact the advisors at WSU's veterinary school to discuss admissions procedures, as early as their freshman year.