Pre-Vet Program at Wisconsin Lutheran College
The pre-vet program at WLC is right for you
Kimberly Haley-Arnold '07 knew that she chose the right college for her shortly after arriving on the beautiful campus at WLC. "Choosing WLC for my pre-veterinary coursework was one of the best choices I've ever made. At WLC, you don't just get an education, you get an experience. During my four years at WLC, I made life-long friends, grew closer to God, and received an education that prepared me for the next step in my life – vet school. Attending WLC also helped me to develop the confidence that I need to succeed."
Kim especially appreciated the close working relationship she built with the WLC faculty."The professors took a personal interest in my future and were always encouraging and helpful. The curriculum was challenging and taught me not only facts and concepts, but also how to think critically and solve real life problems. WLC is in close proximity to numerous vet clinics, the Wisconsin Humane Society and the Milwaukee County Zoo – all of which are opportunities to gain the hands-on experience critical to a future in veterinary medicine. Most importantly, though, WLC provided an environment that was nurturing to my faith, and that has made all the difference for me.
Kimberly Haley-Arnold – B.S. in Biology from Wisconsin Lutheran College '07 is currently pursuing a D.V.M. at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine '11
A career in veterinary medicine is rewarding in many ways
If you love animals, a career in veterinary medicine may be right for you. Veterinarians provide health care services for laboratory animals, zoo animals, livestock, racetrack animals, and even family pets. While some veterinarians use animals at large research institutions to investigate human disease treatment or surgical technique development; the majority of veterinarians are in private practice.
A licensed veterinarian must hold a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree from an accredited college of veterinary medicine. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinarians is much faster than average for all occupations. According to the 2006 United States Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual salary for veterinarians is $71,990.
The pre-vet curriculum at WLC
Pre-vet students should seek broad foundational training in biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The health science track of the biology major is specifically designed to prepare students for careers such as veterinary medicine. The aspiring veterinary student should investigate the course requirements for admission to a specific veterinary college on a case-by-case basis, as these requirements vary widely.