Veterinary Science Degree

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

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


Upon completion of undergraduate and veterinary school, graduates have many opportunities. New graduates can choose to work in education, research, regulatory medicine, public health, private industry or a private clinical practice, or they can continue on to a specialty field such as equine, feline, food animal, toxicology, pharmacology, dermatology, surgery, pathology or radiology just to name a few.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What kind of salary do veterinarian graduates earn? In 2017, the median annual income nationwide for veterinarians was $90,420 ( Bureau of Labor Statistics). The average annual salary for veterinarians in the Federal Government was $85,179.
  • 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 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 continued their studies at many schools, including 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 Maryland regional College and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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