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Why study Pre‑Veterinary Medicine at Dalhousie?

A foundation for your future 

Passionate about animal health care? Studying Pre-Vet with Dalhousie's Faculty of Agriculture at the Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS is your first step to a career in this rewarding field. The curriculum balances time in the classroom, in the lab and on the campus farm. Our focus on animal physiology, nutrition, behaviour and welfare sets us apart from biology or zoology programs. Your courses will reflect the courses you’ll take at vet school.

You'll also have access to our facilities to gain hands-on experience:

  • Learn to devise and prepare appropriate food at the Chute Animal Nutrition Centre
  • Explore genetics, rearing and the discipline of disease management at the Canadian Centre for Fur Animal Research.
  • Work with poultry, cattle and sheep at the Atlantic Poultry Research Centre and the Ruminant Animal Centre

Our active Pre-Vet Club allows you to get involved in volunteer activities like collecting eggs, milking cows or lambing. You could also participate in an exciting research project with our many faculty members who conduct research in the field of animal sciences. 

After two years, you can apply to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program or choose to complete a four-year Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree at Dalhousie. You can finish your degree in any major, but most students choose Animal Science or Aquaculture to increase their knowledge of and experience with animals. 

Find out what our former students have said about the program
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Get a glimpse of the student experience you'll enjoy when you choose to enrol in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.

Program details

Pre-Veterinary Medicine