Pre-Vet Studies: Biology or Agricultural Science Major

Most pre-vet students are either biology or agricultural science majors. To determine which major is the best fit for you, you have to take into account what you would want to do should you not get into a veterinary school, and then pick the major that’s the best option for you.

Erin Pauli: Why I pursued the biology major

“I have always loved the biological sciences ever since my first biology class in high school. I want to workk with small animals so I was not as worried about having as much knowledge of large animals as agricultural science majors do.  As a biology major, I am taking all the biology classes, plus I have been able to take a lot of the pre-vet agricultural sciences classes.  I can see why people become agricultural science majors, however, because they do get a lot more hands-on experience with animals than biology majors do. I would recommend that you choose whichever major you are most interested in, because it is not a guarantee you will get into vet school, and if you don’t, then you have a backup plan.”

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Jessika Jamski: Why I pursued an agricultural science major

“Upon first coming to Truman I was a biology major, however during my second semester here I changed to an agricultural science major. I made this change because I decided that I wanted to mainly focus on large animal practice, and coming from a suburban area, I lacked experience with them. Being an agricultural science major allows for classes that focus on large animals specifically, and you get to actually work with the cattle, horses, and sheep out at the University Farm. For me this experience was great, and the agricultural faculty members are great. The only problem I had was fitting in all the extra classes needed for vet school, most of which are also required for a biology degree.”

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