Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program

Turn your passion for animal welfare into a career. Build the academic and clinical foundation you need to prepare for admission to veterinary school.

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Why Study Pre-Vet at Albion?

Through the Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine, you’ll prepare for a career in veterinary medicine through tailored coursework, service, clinical experience and research. Thanks to our rigorous academic and co-curricular programming, our pre-vet students have gone on to veterinary medicine school at Michigan State University, Purdue University, and Illinois, among others.

As a pre-vet student, you’ll select a major–often biology, chemistry or biochemistry–while following our dedicated curriculum that will prepare you for advanced study in veterinary medicine. You’ll have all the benefits of a broad liberal arts education, developing cultural competence, communication, teamwork, and social skills as you learn through one-on-one mentorship with faculty, close relationships with your peers and plenty of opportunities for active learning.

What Will You Learn as a Pre-Vet Student?

You'll take classes in English, biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, math, and the humanities, building a broad foundation that will prepare you for advanced study in veterinary medicine.

You’ll develop keen critical thinking, analytical and research skills through our liberal arts core. You’ll be exposed to diverse perspectives and become a better communicator and problem solver.

You’ll learn from faculty experts and professionals, working with our veterinarians in the Held Equestrian Center and participating in research, lab work and clinical placements.

Program Highlights

Vet Med Faculty

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Along with the close relationships you’ll build with our faculty in your chosen field of study, you’ll learn from a dedicated faculty member who teaches workshops and hosts field trips on Vet Med-related topics.

Wilson Institute

As a pre-vet student at Albion College, you’ll gain immersive clinical, research, and community engagement experience through the Lisa and James Wilson Institute for Medicine, which prepares students for graduate school and future healthcare careers in dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, physician assistant studies, nursing and allied health professions.

Job Shadowing and Professional Experience

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As a member of the Wilson Institute, you’ll obtain an abundance of observation and volunteering hours prior to applying for graduate programs. Our dedicated staff advisor will provide you with resources and placements to make this process go smoothly and to ensure you get the experience you need. 

Held Equestrian Center

The Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center spans 340 acres and is the only on-campus equestrian center at a private college in Michigan. As a pre-vet student, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from our large and small animal veterinarians at the Held Center–and get to know our 40+ school horses!

Careers & Outcomes

Our pre-vet studies program prepares you to matriculate into professional programs and pursue work in the field of veterinary science. Below are examples of some of the professions our students pursue, as well as graduate programs our students have recently attended.

Briefcase

Job Titles

  • Small Animal Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Large Animal Veterinarian
  • Veterinarian Research Scientist
  • Zoo Veterinarian

Graduate Schools

  • Michigan State University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois