Pre-vet header

About Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Majors that offer a pre-veterinary medicine curriculum provide a rigorous curriculum of basic sciences and hands-on experience with live specimens in classroom and lab environments to prepare students for admittance to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, or other veterinary schools.

If students have completed the required courses for admittance to veterinary school at the end of their third year, it is possible that they could be accepted into veterinary school before obtaining their bachelor’s degree. However, most students entering veterinary school do so having completed their degree.  For instance, UGA School of Veterinary Medicine only accepted three non-degree students in 2013, as opposed to the 108 students accepted with degrees.* We strongly encourage students to carefully outline their plan of study so they receive a baccalaureate degree regardless of their admittance to veterinary school.

*Information obtained through the UGA School of Veterinary Medicine.

Students should contact a pre-veterinary medicine adviser based on their area of interest.

  • Animal and Dairy Science Pre-Vet Advisor: Dr. Robert Dove – or (706) 583-0796
  • Animal Health, Avian Biology, and Poultry Science Pre-Vet Advisor: Dr. Brian Fairchild – or (706) 542-9133

All advisers are there to answer questions, present students with tentative undergraduate timelines, explain veterinary school applications and speak with students about learning opportunities, including undergraduate research and internships.

CAES majors that offer a pre-veterinary medicine curriculum:

Food-Animal Veterinary Incentive Program (FAVIP)

This specialized program, offered through joint efforts of CAES and the College of Veterinary Medicine, annually accepts only up to five undergraduates interested in training in food animal medicine. Students can apply for FAVIP spring semester of their freshman year after choosing one of the following majors below.

Requirements for acceptance into FAVIP are highly specific. For more information, visit the FAVIP page.

Admittance into any pre-veterinary medicine major does not guarantee admittance into our College of Veterinary Medicine.

Animal and Dairy Science Pre-Vet Advisor

C. Robert Dove Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
Animal & Dairy Science

Animal Health, Avian Biology and Poultry Science Pre-Vet Advisor

Brian D. Fairchild Professor
Poultry Science