For bachelors in biology students who are passionate about caring for and healing animals and are interested in pursuing the path towards veterinary medicine, the Pre-Vet Preparation Concentration at William Woods may be the right choice.
One of the fastest growing programs at William Woods, this concentration provides students with the coursework and hands-on experience they need to be successful in the competitive world of animal medicine.
The program celebrates a high acceptance rate for students who apply for graduate school in veterinary medicine post-graduation — Far higher than the national average acceptance rate of 50 percent, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
Stephanie Walker, a recent graduate of William Woods Pre-Vet program accredits much of her success to the push from faculty and advisors she received. “I honestly don’t know whether I could have made it through the process of applying to vet school without the biology department. They kicked my butt when I needed it the most and were always there for me to answer all my questions.”
After graduation, Walker applied to and was accepted into both the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies.
Cristina Christianson, another pre-vet alumna, now attends veterinary school at Purdue University.
“The faculty not only taught me the educational material that I will use in my graduate career, but additionally helped further my interpersonal skills, passion for the sciences, and problem-solving skills that will become essential as I begin my career in veterinary medicine.”
The program is beneficial for those interested in large animal medicine. In combination with the immersive and rigorous coursework in biology, students will gain hands-on experience in equestrian studies courses and have the opportunity to work in the recently built Center for Equine Medicine.
William Woods’ alumna Amanda Marty has experienced first-hand how nicely the two programs complement each other after double majoring in equestrian science and biology with a concentration in pre-vet. “The equestrian science program really helped me feel prepared for working with and handling horses, particularly because I want to specialize in equine medicine.”
Students interested in veterinary medicine also have the opportunity to get involved with the Pre-Veterinary Club on campus, fostering relationships with like-minded students as they tour and volunteer at relevant animal medicine locations around Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City and other surrounding regions of Missouri.