Veterinary school applicants have to consider the following:

  • pre-requisite courses
  • GPA
  • GRE or VCAT test
  • extracurricular activities such as research and volunteer work
  • letters of recommendation

Pre-requisite science courses for veterinary school<

Most Veterinary Schools require that applicants have taken 8 credits in Biology, Physics, Calculus, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry (all courses with laboratory, except Calculus) and one year of English. For Biology majors, the Behavior and Physiology track is recommended.

At WPUNJ, most pre-vet students take the following science courses:

GRE: Most veterinary school applicants are required to take the GRE exam. These test are administered throughout the year by the Educational Testing Service. Applications/registrations may be obtained from the pre-professional advisor or over the web.

GPA for veterinary schools: Average Grade Point Average (GPA) for Veterinary School is 3.4 - 3.6. The average GPA for individual Veterinary schools can be found in the website for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges at

Extracurricular activities

  • Research: Most WPUNJ veterinary school applicants have participated in research projects at William Paterson University or outside the university. Through your research work you demonstrate that you are familiar with an academic environment and you are interested and commitment to research. As a veterinarian you will have to keep up with the latest developments in veterinary medicine such as new drugs that come on the market.
  • Volunteer work: Students should have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to veterinary medicine through regular volunteer work. As volunteer you will be exposed to the day to day routine of a veterinarian. Contact your local Animal Hospital for volunteer opportunities.

Letters of Recommendation

The Pre-Professional Committee will submit a composite letter of recommendation together with the four to five letters of recommendation by individual professors. Students are advised to request individual letters of recommendation from their professors and to forward these letters to the Pre-Professional Committee.

A letter of recommendation will be supplied by the Pre-Professional Committee after the following has been received

  • updated curriculum vitae (resume)
  • completed Pre-Professional registration form
  • letters of recommendation from individual professors
  • list of addresses of Admission Offices
Please allow two to four weeks for preparation of the recommendation letter.


Information about Veterinary Schools