cornell university college of veterinary medicine requirements

Last Updated on January 7, 2022

Academic Preparation

Students in first year canine labCredit Requirements

Prospective applicants should complete a minimum of 60 semester credits by the time they enroll into the DVM degree program (a bachelor’s degree is not required). 

At least 30 of the 60 credits must be completed at the upper-division level at a four-year college or university.

Recommended sequence of prerequisite courses:

1st Year2nd Year3rd Year
English Composition or Writing Intensive Courses (full year)*Biology (or Zoology) I and II with labs *General Chemistry I and II with labs *      One Semester of Organic ChemistryGeneral Physics I and II with labs* Biochemistry (half-year; lab recommended, but not required; 4 semester credits)One Semester in an Advanced Life Sciences Course

* If on the quarter system, you will need 3 quarters to fulfill the full year requirement.

OR (for 60 credit option)

1st Year2nd Year
English Composition or Writing Intensive Courses (full year)*Biology (or Zoology) I and II with labs *General Chemistry I and II with labs *  General Physics I and II with labs* One Semester of Organic ChemistryBiochemistry (half-year; lab recommended, but not required; 4 semester credits)One Semester in an Advanced Life Sciences Course

* If on the quarter system, you will need 3 quarters to fulfill the full year requirement.

Detailed descriptions of prerequisite courses can be found on the Prerequisite Courses webpage.

Recommended Advanced Life Sciences Courses

  • Microbiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Animal/Comparative Physiology
  • Bacteriology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Cell Physiology/Histology
  • Cell Biology
  • Endocrinology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Developmental Genetics
  • Bacterial Genetics
  • Genomics

Additional Recommended Courses

  • Anatomy/Comparative Anatomy
  • Animal Science
  • Behavior
  • Business Mgmt. or Administration
  • Calculus
  • Communication Ecology/
  •  Population Biology
  • Embryology
  • Endocrinology
  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Invertebrate Zoology Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Mycology
  • Nutrition
  • Parasitology
  • Production/Handling
  • Reproduction
  • Statistics
  • Toxicology
  • Virology

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