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Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Major in pre-veterinary medicine at University of Delaware:

Healthy, productive livestock and pets lead to healthy people


If you want to contribute to a greater understanding of the complex relationship between the health of domestic animals, wild animals, humans and our shared environment, you have found the right place! Be part of solving one of humanity’s most critical grand challenges — the global demand for food and fiber. Feeding the population, which is expected to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050, will require raising overall food production by 70 percent. Veterinarians are needed to respond to diseases that can be transferred to humans because it is estimated that 75 percent of new emerging diseases are zoonotic. You will help care for the 100 million companion animals that are members of our families and help solve the problems related to the 10 million cats and dogs that enter shelters each year. Graduates of the pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences major recognize that healthy, productive livestock and pets lead to healthy people. 



  • Animals, Science and Society
  • Animal Behavior
  • Anatomy
  • Animal and Plant Genetics
  • Comparative Physiology
  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Science Capstone


  • Veterinarian
  • Professor
  • Research Program Leader
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Animal Nutrition Consultant
  • USDA Program Manager
  • Public Health Specialist


  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Human Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding
  • Avian Health
  • Animal Microbiology and Virology

What’s special about this program?

You will be highly competitive for positions in graduate programs and for admission to veterinary schools. In 2016, 29 out of 30 students who applied to veterinary school or medical school were accepted. Beginning in your first semester, you will work with horses, cows, sheep and yes, blue hens, on our 350-acre farm, which is located right on campus.  You will have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and work closely with faculty scholars to solve problems in animal nutrition, immunology, virology and molecular biology.  You can even raise and train a service dog in your residence hall! Through the College’s study-abroad programs, you will have the opportunity to study cattle, sheep and horses in New Zealand and conservation biology of non-domesticated animals in Tanzania.

Get Involved

Ag Ambassadors
Agricultural College Council (AgCC)
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)
Alpha Zeta (AZ)
Animal Science Club
Collegiate 4-H
Collegiate FFA
Design Articulture (DART)
Ducks Unlimited
The Entomology Club
Equestrian Team
Food Science Club
Horticulture Club
Food Marketing Club
Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)
Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)
The Wildlife Society

Sample curriculum


Animals, Science and Society



Animal Science Lab



Functional Anatomy



Freshman Year Experience



Seminar in Composition





CHEM103 or 107/104 or 108

General Chemistry


BISC207 and 208

Introduction to Biology



University and College Breadth Courses


ANFS100 or 102

Animals and Human Culture or Food for Thought



Introduction to Physiology



Animal Nutrition



Career Development



One Health



Basic Statistical Practice


CHEM321 and 322

Organic Chemistry



University and College Breadth Courses



Animal Diseases



Animal Behavior



Animal and Plant Genetics and Lab



Veterinary Biochemistry


CHEM214 or 527



PHYS200 and 202

Introductory Physics






ANFS Elective Course



University and College Breadth Courses


*Animal Science Capstone Course


ANFS Elective Course (1)


**Second Writing Course

Students can take any course designated as a writing course in the courses search website, or one of the courses listed below:
ANFS449 – Food Biotechnology
ANFS450 – Applied Biomedical Communication
ANFS451 – Emergency Animal Management


University and College Breadth Courses


*ANFS Capstone/Production Course options:

- ANFS404 - Dairy Production
- ANFS411 - Food Science Capstone
- ANFS417 - Beef Cattle and Sheep Production
- ANFS418 - Swine Production
- ANFS421/422 - Poultry Production/Lab
- ANFS426 - Equine Management


Go Global at UD

This major is eligible for the following program: