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Pre-Veterinary Advising

Pre-veterinary advising spans all the years of a student's Whitworth education. Explore your career interests, receive personalized guidance, and gain skills and experience outside of the classroom that will prepare you to be a competitive applicant for veterinary school and a compassionate future veterinarian.

Why pursue pre-veterinary advising at Whitworth?

  • Find your calling. Vocational discernment is interwoven into all aspects of pre-veterinary advising, from mentoring to seminars and guest speaker events.
  • Form connections with professors and advisors who want to see you succeed and will support you every step of the way. Our advisors even continue to assist students after their Whitworth graduation, particularly as they prepare their veterinary school applications.
  • Take a specialized seminar course that will help you explore career paths.
  • Depending on your major, study live animals in Whitworth's vivarium, located in the state-of-the-art Robinson Science Hall.
  • Build leadership skills that will strengthen your résumé. At Whitworth, you'll have many opportunities to develop into a capable and caring leader, whether by volunteering for a worthwhile cause, getting involved with student government or residence life, or serving as a teaching assistant.
  • Develop transferable skills that will make you more effective in your future veterinary career and in all areas of life. A Whitworth liberal arts education will prepare you to think critically and communicate clearly.
  • Create camaraderie with your peers through the Pre-Med Club, which offers fun activities like ice cream socials, barbecues and frequent guest speakers.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our pre-veterinary advising grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our graduates work as veterinarians around the country.

Recent job placements include:

  • Elizabeth Thompson, area chief of staff, Banfield Pet Hospital, Portland, Ore., metro area
  • Jenevieve Price, managing veterinarian, NVA Central Coast Pet Emergency Clinic, Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Our recent pre-veterinary advising graduates further their studies in top medical programs at institutions including:

  • Washington State University
  • Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Edinburgh

Ask our pre-veterinary faculty advisor

Ask Associate Professor Sardinia

Associate Professor Mike Sardinia teaches biology and advises students pursuing pre-veterinary and pre-medicine. He is a practicing veterinarian with expertise in equine physiology.

What related majors can I explore?

You may be surprised to learn you can choose any major as a pre-veterinary student. While it's more common to choose a major in the sciences, veterinary school applicants can also choose majors in the humanities like art, English and theology, and complete a significant number of credits in the sciences.

The most typical majors chosen by pre-veterinary students include: