The Pre-veterinary Medicine Program at Los Angeles Pierce College is for students who seek to become veterinarians. The Pre-vet Program prepares students for application to graduate schools of veterinary medicine. Pierce College has the most successful two-year Pre-Veterinary Medicine program in the State of California. Students may learn "hands on" (kinesthetically), by listening (auditorily), or by seeing (visually). We are internationally known for our excellence in hands-on training of applicants to graduate schools of veterinary medicine. Our farm laboratory, teaching hospital, diverse veterinary teaching staff, excellent life science and chemistry support programs, and our industry mentors have contributed to this success. As of today (October 2023), over 350 Pierce alumni have applied and been accepted into graduate schools of veterinary medicine. Many of these students have successfully become general practitioners, board certified specialists, professors, practice owners, and government officials. Our students have been accepted at the University of California Davis, Western, Midwestern, Purdue, Tuskegee, Mississippi, Colorado State, Iowa State, Prince Edwards, Gainesville, Michigan State, Wisconsin, University of Liverpool, Oklahoma State, Guadalajara, Kansas State, Ross University, St. George University, Virginia-Maryland, Oregon State University, Washington State at Pullman, University College at Dublin, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, Tufts, Cornell, Glasgow, Texas A & M Western University, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California,The Ohio State University, and Murdoch University in Western Australia. You can read some of their stories at our alumni page.
Students enrolled in the Pre-veterinary Medicine Program are incoming high school students as well as students who have obtained a bachelor's degree. Students with a bachelor's degree are typically students who have decided to change their career path to become a veterinarian.
All students who are interested in the Pierce College Pre-veterinary Medicine Program are encouraged to joined the Pierce Veterinary Sciences Club. The Veterinary Sciences Club is a place where students are able to connect with other students and listen to veterinary speakers from different areas of veterinary medicine such as small animal, small animal emergency, large animal, zoo animal, and public health. The Veterinary Sciences Club also hosts admissions officers from graduate schools of veterinary medicine and coordinates field trips to places such as the San Diego Zoo, Los Angeles Zoo, Aquarium of the Pacific, California Polytechnic State University Pomona and San Luis Obispo, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California Davis, exotic animal hospitals, and large animal veterinary facilities. The Veterinary Science Club also participates in fundraisers and coordinates events that help the community. For more information, please visit the Veterinary Science Club facebook and request to join at Veterinary Sciences Club.
The following information below details a brief overview of the Pre-veterinary Medicine Program at Pierce College. For more detailed information, students are encouraged to review our Pre-veterinary handbook.