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Veterinary Medicine

Photo of cute dog at vetProfessional care and medical treatment for animals.

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.

Contact Heather Cushman, Faculty Advisor in Veterinary Medicine.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college Pre-Veterinary Program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate of Science (PDF) degree with a Specialization in Biology (PDF)

Program Planning

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.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate Degree of Science, Biology and plan to transfer to WSU's veterinary school.

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153
BIOL& 221

Second Year

BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Social Science
CHEM& 263
Humanities or Social Science
  • 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 one course 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.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a biology advisor.

Approved Distribution Course List

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Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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