Pre-Veterinary Medicine

About the Program

Kentucky Wesleyan College offers pre-professional preparation for students seeking admission to a veterinary medicine program. You may major in any academic area, but most students major in biology, chemistry or both. Upon completion of a B.S. degree at KWC, you will be prepared to apply for admission to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at any of the 28 U.S. universities offering such a degree.

Freshman students in pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary studies should indicate their interest to the Health Careers Advisory Committee at Kentucky Wesleyan College and become active in the College’s Pre-Professional organization. In their second year at the College, these students should apply to the Advisory Committee for admission to the pre-dental, pre-medical, or pre-veterinary program. The committee assists students in program planning, gathering of information from various professional schools and provides recommendations upon student request.

Kentucky Wesleyan’s pre-veterinary curriculum includes a minimum of four semesters of biology, six semester of chemistry and two semesters in both physics and mathematics. The remainder of the curriculum includes coursework necessary to fulfill KWC degree requirements.

Veterinary School Preparation

Students interested in veterinary medicine inform Kentucky Wesleyan’s Pre-Heath Professions Advisory Committee of their intentions by the fall semester of their third year at Kentucky Wesleyan. A faculty advisor and the Committee then assist students by providing guidance in determining appropriate curriculum and preparing to take entrance tests, and by furnishing necessary letters of recommendation.


Most chemistry and biology majors at Kentucky Wesleyan receive academic scholarships. Many also serve as assistants in science laboratories, classrooms and offices. Assistantships provide valuable learning experiences for students. We encourage all pre-veterinary students to participate in this program.

Summer Research

The faculty encourages students to take part in health science summer research programs in university and governmental laboratories. KWC students have recently participated in programs at the Universities of Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and New Mexico, as well as Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratories and the OMHS Cancer Research Center.


Contact Us

Dr. David Oetinger

Kentucky Wesleyan College
3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301