Preveterinary Medicine (Non-Degree Program)


A number of Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accept students prior to earning their bachelor’s degree. For students who complete just three years of coursework and are admitted into DVM programs, Clemson can award the preprofessional studies degree in veterinary medicine.

If you are interested in pursuing this option, you are encouraged to declare a major while working to fulfill the basic requirements for admission. Veterinary schools have no preference for a specific major; instead, the emphasis is placed on academic strength, experiences, GRE scores, letters of recommendation and more.  

To qualify for the preprofessional studies degree, you must meet complete a minimum of three years of undergraduate work at Clemson and have completed the first year toward your professional degree.


  • Clemson is home to six livestock and poultry farms where students can gain hands-on animal experience.
  • Clemson can award a B.S. or B.A. in preprofessional studies to a student who has completed three years of undergraduate work and the first year of work in an accredited school.
  • The preveterinary sciences adviser is available to students in all majors.
  • Clemson’s Preveterinary Club serves as great professional development for students.


Many popular majors fulfill basic entrance requirements, and you can truly choose from any curriculum that fits your personal and professional goals. Veterinary schools have no preferences or prejudices as it relates to majors and are more interested in overall academic performance. In fact, students entering veterinary school represent a broad spectrum of curricula, from animal and veterinary sciences to English.

It is critical that you work closely with an adviser in selecting your classes as each school has different admissions requirements. Clemson has a preveterinary adviser who is available to help you navigate through the process. Depending on your desired career path, course requirements typically include biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics and mathematics.

While you're at Clemson, we encourage you to get involved in our Preveterinary Club, which serves as great professional development for our students.


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Madison Cutts

Coordinator of Student Recruitment