Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science

The University of Nevada, Reno offers a pre-professional program in Veterinary Science through the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences.

The veterinary science program is outstanding based on the number of students accepted into veterinarian schools and the success of these students in the professional schools. The veterinary science curriculum satisfies the entrance requirements of most schools offering a DVM program in the United States.

Contact Information

Tracy Shane
M.S. Instructor and Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 682-7047
Office: 106A Max Fleischmann Agriculture

Mike Teglas
Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-1002
Office: 105 Max Fleischmann Agriculture

If you enjoy:

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Care
  • Ranching
  • Medical Industry
  • Making a difference in your community
  • Working outdoors & indoors, with animals & with technology, in Nevada & around the world, all in the same job!

Then veterinary science may be right for you.
More about our Labs & Students


Upon completion of undergraduate and veterinary school, there are numerous opportunities for a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). New graduates can choose to work in a private clinical practice, education, research, regulatory medicine, public health, private industry, or continue on to a specialty field such as: Equine, Feline, Food Animal, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Dermatology, Surgery, Pathology or Radiology just to name a few.


  • What kind of salary do veterinarians grads earn? In 2012, the median annual income nationwide for veterinarians was $84,460 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The average annual salary for veterinarians in the Federal Government was $85,179 in 2012.
  • How do I prepare? High school students interested in veterinary science should take at least one year each of biology, chemistry and physics. Math should include algebra, geometry and trigonometry (introductory calculus is also useful). It is strongly recommended to remain in math and science courses all four years of high school. Courses that emphasize oral and written communication skills as well as basic computer knowledge are also recommended.
  • What will I study? Students enrolled in the veterinary science curricula receive a specific background in the biological and natural sciences in order to prepare them for professional veterinary school. Coursework will include the following areas: Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Microbiology and Animal Nutrition. Additional coursework in Social Science, English, Fine Arts and Speech Communication will round out the program.
  • Where will I finish the professional portion of my education? Our students have gone onto: Auburn University, University of California-Davis, Colorado State University, Oregon State University, Washington State University, University of Florida, Purdue University, University of Georgia, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, Tufts University, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, Mississippi State University, University of Missouri-Columbia, Cornell University, North Carolina University, Oklahoma State University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee, Texas A&M University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.