Third Year

Suggested coursework*:
Junior Fall; PY 211 or PY 205
Junior Spring;  PY 212 or PY 208 + GN 311/312
(*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:

Summer prior to Junior year:
As students have now completed two full years of undergraduate coursework, they may have more success at gaining acceptance to the competitive animal-related internships across the nation, such as zoos or other similar organizations.  Individuals should assess what experiences they have already acquired and seek out those that will give them a diverse and unique veterinary school application.  Also as upperclassmen, students’ class schedules are significantly more flexible as the majority of the required prerequisites have already been completed.  This provides students with an excellent opportunity to schedule all coursework they are required to complete for the Veterinary Schools to which they intend to apply.  Students should plan courses carefully, re-checking the requirements often.  Students may also attend summer school if desired or necessary.

Winter break:
Though only a few weeks long, winter break can be a great time to pursue an opportunity that will diversify an applicant’s experience.  Applicants 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 attempt to diversify their animal or veterinary experience.  Students should also continue completing the suggested coursework and making contacts with faculty. Most Veterinary School pre-requisites must be completed by the conclusion of this semester or during the coming summer months. Typically, Veterinary Schools only allow two courses to be incomplete by the end of the application cycle (fall semester senior year). These remaining two courses are to be completed in the spring semester of senior year.  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.

Note-  This is the year when PreVeterinary track students should start preparing for the GRE very seriously and schedule the GRE test online at a suitable date.