Veterinary Medicine

Associate of Science - Biology Specialization

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.

Contact Us

Heather Cushman, Faculty Advisor in Veterinary Medicine

Location Bldg. 15-337

hcushman@tacomacc.edu

253-566-5368

Program Planning

Degree Requirements
Transfer Outcomes

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. 
First Year
Fall Winter Spring

CHEM& 161

MATH& 151

ENGL& 101

CHEM& 162

MATH& 152

Humanities

CHEM& 163

MATH& 153

BIOL& 221

Second Year
Fall Winter Spring

BIOL& 222

CHEM& 261

Elective

BIOL& 223

CHEM& 262

Elective

Social Science

CHEM& 263

Humanities or
Social Science

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.