University of Vermont

Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (ASCI)

Options for a Major in Animal & Veterinary Sciences

Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional Science
Equine Science
Zoo, Exotic and Companion Animal
Dairy Production

Possible Four-Year Curricula

Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Professional Science:
Dog image.Students completing this option are prepared to enter graduate, veterinary, medical, dental, or pharmacy schools. The pre-professional option has a very strong science base and yet has sufficient flexibility to allow for advanced study related to animal production or companion animals. Courses may also be taken in the other options.  During their sophomore year, students who have met the requirements, have the opportunity to apply to Tufts University Veterinary School, and, if accepted, are assured of a space at Tufts after graduating from UVM. The University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College will hold two places in the first year of the program for students from UVM who meet the requirements for admission. Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, the University of Edinburgh, will make available three guaranteed places for early application UVM students who meet their admission requirements. Eligible UVM students may complete a joint B.S./BVMS degree attending the University of Glasgow in their fourth year at UVM.  Read  more on our Pre-veterinary Information for Prospective Students page.

Horse Equine Science:
This option offers specialized courses on the care, management, breeding, and health of horses.  Our goal is to provide students with the mix of science, business and personal skills to succeed with careers in the equine industry.  The Hardacre equine facility is 1 mile from campus, and provides many opportunities to apply the skills learned in the Equine Science classes.  The world-famous Morgan Horse Farm is part of the department and offers opportunities for internships, study, and research.  Students may also enroll for credit in summer equine courses at The Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, New York, which is about an hour drive from campus.
Zoo, Exotic and Companion Animal Option:
This concentration is designed for students who are primarily interested in zoo, exotic, and companion animals and are interested in transitioning to jobs in these industries after graduation. Courses are offered on the management, care, breeding, health and training of zoo, exotic and companion animals with hands-on experiences available locally and through summer course work and internships.

Dairy Production:
Cow production. Students selecting this option will concentrate on courses relating to the feeding, breeding, health and management of dairy cattle, and also financial and small business management.  An important feature of this option is the CREAM program, which provides a two semester, hands-on experience.  An additional option is the FARMS 2 + 2 Dairy Management program which provides a strong business and dairy management background.  FARMS 2 + 2 is offered in conjunction with Vermont Technical College, and has an intensive Dairy Management opportunity at Miner Agricultural Research Institute, and culminates with a final thesis project directly related to the student's goals.

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