Pre-Veterinary Program

  • Pre-vet students look over an animal skeleton with Professor Inga Sidor

Program Overview

Students interested in veterinary medicine choose UNH for its high-quality, proven pre-vet student advising and academic program. This well-established program serves more than 200 students, offering rigorous academics that meet requirements for veterinary school admission. Our exceptional faculty includes board-certified veterinarians.

In addition to exceptional academic records, veterinary programs seek applicants with a wide array of life experience and practical training. Students are immersed in hands-on learning opportunities through our dairy and equine centers, and the NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, as well as through summer internships and fellowships, study-abroad programs, undergraduate research investigations and work with professionals in the field.

Staff and faculty advisors assist students through the process of selecting courses, exploring professional options and applying to veterinary schools, helping students prepare for a successful career in veterinary medicine.



Vanessa Grunkemeyer, DVM, DABVP (Avian)
Director, UNH Pre-Veterinary Advising Program
Office: Kendall Hall Room 111
Phone: (603) 862- 0176

General Information
Celeste Dietterle
Office: Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, Kendall Hall Room 225
Phone: (603) 862-2130

Curriculum & Requirements

Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
  • BIOL 411 – Principles of Biology
  • CHEM 403 – General Chemistry
  • ENGL 401 - First-Year Writing
  • Discovery course
  • BIOL 412 – Principles of Biology
  • CHEM 404 – General Chemistry
  • MATH 424B – Calculus for Life Sciences
  • Discovery course

Second Year

  • GEN 604 – Principles of Genetics
  • CHEM 651/652 – Organic Chemistry I
  • Discovery course
  • Elective
  • BMS 503 – General Microbiology
  • CHEM 653/654 – Organic Chemistry II
  • Discovery course
  • Elective
 Third Year
  • PHYS 401 – Introduction to Physics
  • BCHM 658/659 - General Biochemistry
  • BIOL 528 – Applied Biostatistics
  • Major Elective
  • PHYS 402 – Introduction to Physics
  • Major Elective
  • Major Elective
  • Discovery course
 Fourth Year
  • Major Elective (Capstone experience)
  • Major Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Major Elective
  • Major Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Freshmen year

  • Attend Intro to Veterinary Professions workshop and social
    • Meet with pre-vet advisor/learn pre-vet requirements
    • Talk to pre-vet upperclassmen to get a reality check
  • Think about a major and minor courses of study
    • Review veterinary school admission requirements and develop a pre-vet course of study
    • Plan a tentative schedule for the next 3.5 years
    • Apply to the Honors Program or Honors-in-Major Program (if desired)
  • Develop study skills
    • Maintain excellent GPA (>3.5!)
    • Get GRE or MCAT Student Manual
  • Attend The University Day Campus Picnic and Student Activities Fair
    • Begin extracurricular activities
    • Participate in pre-vet club
  • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary, medical and/or animal industry/biotechnology
    • University
    • Regional veterinary practices
    • Consider what you will do this summer
  • Subscribe
    • To veterinary and/or medical journals
      • JAVMA, NEJM, Nature, Science, etc
    • Read interesting books about health, medicine and veterinary medicine
      • Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. By: Eric Chivian, Aaron Bernstein
      • Get Into Veterinary School: Insights by an Admissions Expert For U.S. and Canadian High School, College and Returning Adult Students. By: Joseph M. Piekunka
      • Vetting: The Making of a Veterinarian. By: Dr. Pete Freyburger
      • All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice. By: Jeff Wells
      • A Brief History of Disease, Science and Medicine. By: Michael T. Kennedy MD
      • Veterinary Medicine: An Illustrated History. By: Robert H Dunlop, David J. Williams

Sophomore year

  • Continue to:
    • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary and medical field
    • Meet with pre-vet advisor to discuss your program
    • Fine-tune your college schedule
    • Read interesting books and journals in the veterinary and medical fields
    • Maintain excellent GPA
  • Plan for any special junior-year program (e.g., study abroad, national exchange, honors, UROP, IROP, etc.)
    • Consider participating in research
    • Consider what you will do this summer
  • Study for GRE/MCAT (summer before junior year if you will take the exam early)
    • Apply for GRE/MCAT (if you will take it early)
    • Check veterinary schools' entry requirements and average GRE/MCAT scores to see if you should retake the exam

Junior year

    • Study for GRE/MCAT (if not yet taken)
    • Apply for GRE/MCAT (if not yet taken)
    • Take GRE/MCAT:
      • August before junior year
      • April of junior year
      • August after junior year
      • Scores must be reported to veterinary schools by application deadlines  allow at least three weeks for scoring and reporting!
  • Continue to:
    • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary and medical field
    • Meet with pre-vet adviser to discuss your program
    • Fine-tune your college schedule
    • Read interesting books and journals in the veterinary and medical fields
    • Maintain excellent GPA
  • Gather information about veterinary schools
    • Go to Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges website ( for links to specific schools
      • Start to narrow down list of schools to which you plan to apply and make sure you have taken courses required by each school
    • Get applications through Veterinary Medical Colleges’ Application Service (VMCAS) Applications are available June 1
    • Check individual school admissions websites for supplemental applications
    • Begin preparing VMCAS essays
    • Request reference letters
    • Obtain/send/review transcripts
    • Apply for Early Acceptance Program (optional; see details for specific veterinary schools)
  • Visit nearby schools in which you are interested
  • Consider what you will do this summer

Senior year

  • Continue to:
    • Work/volunteer/shadow in veterinary and medical field
    • Meet with pre-vet adviser to discuss your program
    • Fine-tune your college schedule
    • Read interesting books and journals in the medical and veterinary field
    • Maintain excellent GPA
  • Take GRE/MCAT in August to improve scores or if not yet taken
  • Apply to Veterinary School
    • VMCAS Applications are due Oct. 1
    • Complete supplemental applications (See specific requirements for veterinary schools) and confirm that schools have received your application materials & letters
  • Interview at veterinary schools (typically scheduled for JanuaryMarch)
    • Complete financial aid forms
      • Graduate and Professional School Financial Aid Service (GAPSFAS)
      • Look for local, state, national scholarships and awards
      • NH Postsecondary Education Commission Award: currently Tufts and Cornell Universities
    • If wait-listed, send letter confirming interest
  • Consider what you will do this summer (keep options open)
  • ACCEPT OFFER (Generally May 15)
  • Consider and/or accept additional offers; withdraw previous acceptances
  • Thanks:
    • Write to thank references and tell them of your success
    • Thank pre-vet adviser for all of his/her help with lavish gifts

The pre-veterinary curriculum involves a rigorous set of core sciences established for entrance into most professional schools, students are able to go beyond the core requirements. The program is very flexible and tailored to individual student interests. The goal of the curricula is to cultivate the “One Health” concept, which can lead to numerous career opportunities in the medical, veterinary and health sciences, from ecosystem integrity to the biodiversity and health issues that impact us all.

The electives listed are just an small example of the diversity in educational opportunities at UNH and across all disciplines and majors. Visit the course catalog for more options.

  • Animal Rights and Societal Issues
  • Coastal Ecology and Bioclimates
  • Ethical Issues in Health Management and Medicine
  • Field Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Greek and Latin Origins of Medical Terms
  • Health Management and Policy Critical Issues
  • Human Genetics
  • Infectious Diseases and Health
  • Law, Medicine, and Morals
  • Medical Anthropology: Illness and Healing
  • Methods of Therapeutic Riding
  • Psychobiology

Explore program details

A profile image of Associate Professor André Brito

André Brito, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Keener Dairy Research Building

A profile image of Director and Animal Resources Officer Dean Elder

Dean Elder, MS, DVM
Director, Animal Resources Officer

A profile image of Clinical Assistant Professor David Needle

David Needle, D.V.M, Dipl. ACVP
Clinical Assistant Professor, Senior Veterinary Pathologist

Professor Sarah Proctor

Sarah Proctor, MPH, DVM
Veterinary Technology Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor in Veterinary Technology and Applied Animal Science Programs

Equine director Sarah Rigg with a riding horse

Sarah Hamilton Rigg
Director of Equine Program & Principal Lecturer

A profile image of Professor Inga Sidor

Inga Sidor, D.V.M., M.S., D.A.C.V.P.
Clinical Associate Professor, Senior Veterinary Pathologist

Register with Admissions for a pre-veterinary information session designed for prospective students.

Academic Credentials (50-60%)

  • Overall Grade point average ……………….25-30%
  • Standardized Test Scores (GRE, MCAT) ……….25-30%

Quality of Academic Program (5-10%)

  • Prerequisite Course and overall Grade point averages
  • Course selection: major, overall program
  • Academic minor, research projects, teaching assistantships 

Veterinary and Related Work Experiences (20%)

  • Veterinary and animal related experience and employment.
  • Non-veterinary experience and employment.
  • Research, veterinary specialty interests and experience.

Personal Attributes, Interests and Achievements (10-15%)

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Community service, social awareness
  • Work ethic, ability to handle stress
  • Interests, hobbies

Personal Essay (5%)

  • Communication Skills
  • Motivation for career in veterinary medicine

Letters of Evaluation (5%)

  • Employers
  • Professors
  • Academic Advisor

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