Second Year

Suggested coursework*:
Sophomore Fall;  CH 221 (with lab) + ST 311 + ENG 101 or COM 110 or COM 112 or 211; or Humanities/Social Science course
Sophomore Spring;   CH 223 (with lab) + ANS 225 or ANS 230 or (PO) 415 + ENG 101 or COM 110 or COM 112 or 211; 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:

Summer prior to Sophomore year:
As only minimal coursework has been completed by the student thus far, individuals may encounter some difficulty in ascertaining an out-of-state animal-related internship.  However, students should always apply for any programs in which they have an interest; even if the student is not accepted into the program, this can provide an advantage in future years if the student chooses to apply again.  Another viable option for the summer prior to sophomore year is to begin an on-campus research internship.  Many researchers have no hesitation in hiring underclassmen to begin working in the lab as these students have the potential to continue lab work for multiple years.  And again, students may also spend time at a local animal clinic or center to gain further experience hours.  Students may also attend summer school if desired or necessary.

Fall Semester:
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 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 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.