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What can I do with Pre‑Vet studies?

Pre-Veterinary studies provide the foundation for a career in veterinary medicine, which allows you to choose from a wide range of specializations. From working in an animal practice or with companion animals to aquatic and avian specialties—it’s all possible. Studying Pre-Vet at Dalhousie does not guarantee admission to the Atlantic Veterinary College, but we'll do all we can to help you put together a successful application.

By continuing your education to receive a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) with a major in Animal Science or Aquaculture, you can pursue many other exciting options as well. You could work in any of these animal-related fields:

  • animal nutrition
  • animal care and keeping
  • animal training
  • zookeeping
  • livestock specialization
  • aquaculture management
  • genetics
  • research and development
  • graduate level studies
  • food inspection
  • pharmaceutical sales
  • international development

Future studies

Through Pre-Veterinary studies, you'll gain the knowledge and skills you need to pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). Courses in science, mathematics and the arts and social sciences are structured to help you meet AVC’s entrance requirements. Each of Canada’s veterinary colleges has an annual enrolment quota. Your chances of acceptance increase if you apply to the veterinary college in your region. AVC accepts 41 students from the Atlantic Provinces each year.

It’s a competitive process, which is why we’ve designed Pre-Vet to allow you additional study options at the end of your two years. You can finish the Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) program at Dalhousie and choose from a variety of majors to complete your degree in two additional years. If you plan to re-apply to vet school, our Animal Science and Aquaculture programs will add to your knowledge and experience in the science of animals.

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