What Was Your Major in Undergrad?

Photo by: Ashley Ngyuen

Photo by: Ashley Ngyuen

QUESTION:

What was your major in undergrad? I know that you only have to complete pre-reqs, but a lot of people tend to major in biology. I chose to major in social work and minor in biology and I don't know if that's good enough. I really want to do shelter medicine, so I spend all my time in shelters and mission trips. I hope that makes up for the fact that I'm not majoring in biology. Is this a good idea or no?


ANSWER:

I majored in agriculture with a concentration in animal science. Good news! You can major in anything you want before coming to vet school. Yes, you have to make sure that you complete the pre-reqs. As long as you have a competitive GRE score and comparable GPA, the rest of the application is designed to highlight your uniqueness as an individual.  In my class alone, there are people who were STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

On the other side of the spectrum, there were English, music, and religious studies majors, to name a few. It might be worthwhile to spend time at a traditional vet clinic so you can show that on your application (think of it as covering all your bases). However, if you want to do shelter medicine, then make sure your application reflects and explains your choices (ie: why mission trips, why social work, and why shelter medicine). Bottom line, you are not at a disadvantage in applying to vet school if you are not a biology major.  

- (future) Dr. G