First Year

Suggested coursework*:
Freshman Fall;  CH 101/102 + BIO 180 OR 183 + ENG 101 or COM 110 OR 112 OR 211; or Humanities/Social Science course
Freshman Spring; CH 201/202 + MA 121, MA 131, MA 141 or LOG 201 + ENG 101 or COM 110, COM112 , COM211; or Humanities/Social Science course
(*BE AWARE: the following coursework requirements are only applicable at NCSU CVM! You must check the requirements of other Veterinary Schools to which you plan on applying and ensure that you have incorporated ALL required courses at these institutions in your undergraduate education. As these requirements can change, you must also re-check them at least once per semester.  For a complete listing of Veterinary School requirements, please visit: VMCAS Course Prerequisites.)

Summer prior to Freshman year:
Students should utilize their summer months and get involved with a local veterinary clinic or center. Whether they are small, large, or exotic/wildlife/marine animal experiences, these hours can count towards your veterinary school application, regardless of whether or not the position is paid or full-time. Students may also explore the option of becoming involved in a summer research internship. One resource you may want to investigate is NCSU’s Undergraduate Research website:

Fall semester:
Begin exploring any and all opportunities available.
Students should also begin cultivating a relationship with their academic advisors, another invaluable resource to undergraduates.
Students may also consider becoming involved in an extracurricular activity that is of interest to them; these can become invaluable ways to gain leadership experience and develop interpersonal communication skills.
Prior to winter break, students should begin exploring summer internship opportunities; make as many contacts and turn in as many applications as possible before leaving campus for the holidays. The majority of applicants will wait until the spring months to begin looking for summer opportunities, and thus getting an application in before winter break can serve as a great advantage.

Winter break:
Though only a few weeks long, winter break can be a great time to pursue an opportunity that will diversify students’ experience.  Students can pursue anything from spending time at a local animal clinic or center to taking advantage of a study abroad opportunity.

Spring semester:
Students should finalize summer internship plans as quickly as possible and update their VetPAC portfolio as needed.  Students should also continue completing the suggested coursework and making contacts with faculty.  Most school organizations hold elections for the coming academic year during the spring semester, so depending on their schedules and coursework, students may consider gaining a leadership position within their extracurricular activity of interest at this time.