Pre-Veterinary Medicine

IUPUI Pre-Dental science student in IU School of Dentistry“Many of my friends from IUPUI are going on to medical or graduate school, and all of us will benefit from the critical-thinking skills we developed through research.”
~Josh Horton

At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in veterinary medicine are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer.

Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research and leadership opportunities in the School, five surrounding hospitals, the IU School of Medicine and the IU School of Dentistry, graduates of the School of Science are well  prepared for veterinary school and beyond!


The School of Science at IUPUI offers various programs for students to become involved with research, internship and other leadership opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience.

One of those programs is the Life Health Sciences Internship. This one-year program through IU Med School provides students the opportunity to participate in both clinical and scientific research opportunities throughout IUPUI's campus and the surrounding hospitals and labs. For more information on the Life Health Sciences Internship and other opportunities for students in the School of Science at IUPUI, please click here.

What is Pre-Veterinary Medicine?

The School of Science at IUPUI offers students interested in studying animal health the opportunity to participate in the pre-veterinary medicine program. A veterinarian is a vital part in our society as they are knowledgeable and trained in any of the following fields: 

  • Private veterinary practice
  • Public veterinary practice
  • Environmental issues
  • Community health
  • Food resource management
  • Wildlife preservation
  • Space exploration
  • Marine biology
  • And more

Like most universities, IUPUI does not offer a pre-veterinary medicine major. Few colleges in the United States offer this major because veterinary schools do not require students to complete specific majors. However, many majors in the School of Science at IUPUI provide students with excellent undergraduate preparation for veterinary school.

Choosing an Undergraduate Major

While some veterinary programs do not require an undergraduate degree for admission, students are urged to elect a degree program rather than fulfilling the minimum requirements for entry into professional programs. There are many benefits to selecting a science major, including: 

  • Pre-requisites for most professional programs often favor and lean heavily toward science majors.
  • By studying science at IUPUI, students have opportunities to work, learn and participate in research in both IU Medical and IU Dental School right on campus. Access to both schools located on campus is a benefit that no other college in Indiana can offer students. 
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue professional schooling.

Advising + Resources

Visit the Science PREPs Office for expert guidance on majors, professional school admissions, and research, internships and other co-curricular opportunities that will help guide you to the best professional schools.