Preparation in High School
Preparation for application to the MU College
of Veterinary Medicine is best begun while in high school.
The selection process for entrance evaluates academic and
non academic criteria.
No fixed requirements exist for the
high school curriculum. However, a high school student is
generally advised to take four years of mathematics, four
years of English (grammar and composition), two years of biology,
and as much chemistry and physics as possible. Basic computer
skills are useful. Speech, debating, or drama will also
prepare the student for communication skills expected of veterinarians.
Involvement in extracurricular activities,
such as school clubs, athletics, band, FFA, 4-H, Boy Scouts,
Girl Scouts, church activities, and any other organized activity
requiring the development of teamwork, interpersonal skills,
and diversity are encouraged and scored for selection purposes.
Applicants are expected to have had experiences
with a variety of animals. Some of this experience must be
while observing veterinarians in an actual veterinary medical practice. Many veterinarians
will permit prospective veterinary medical students to spend
time observing activities in their practice. High school students
considering veterinary medicine as a career are encouraged
to seek out such opportunities to see the actual practice
of veterinary medicine. Agricultural, biomedical, research,
and public health experience is also highly regarded.