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Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Science

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This program applies the biomedical sciences to the health and welfare of animals and studies the public health aspects of human-animal relationships. Students explore human-animal relationships; animal reproduction, anatomy and physiology; the care of animal populations; microbiology; disease ecology and pathology.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 English composition 3
ACBS 102R Introduction to Animal Science 3
ACBS 102L Introduction to Animal Science Lab 1
ACBS 195F Careers in Veterinary Science 1
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 English composition 3
MCB 184 or MCB 181R Intro to Biology I 3
MCB 181L Intro Biology I Lab 1
MATH 263 Introduction to Statistics and Biostatistics 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
CHEM 241A Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243A Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
MIC 205A General Microbiology 3
MIC 205L Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
CHEM 241B Lectures in Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 243B Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
BIOC 384 Foundations in Biochemistry 3
ACBS 400A Animal Anatomy and Physiology 3
PHYS 102 Introductory Physics I 3
PHYS 181 Introductory Laboratory I 1
First Semester Second Language 4
6th Semester
BIOC 385 Metabolic biochemistry 3
ACBS 400B Animal Anatomy and Physiology 3
PHYS 103 Introductory Physics II 3
PHYS 182 Introductory Laboratory II 1
ACBS 312 Animal and Plant Genetics 4
Second Semester Second Language 4
7th Semester
ACBS 334 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3
ACBS 419 Immunology course 4
AGTM 422 Communicating Knowledge in Agriculture and the Life Sciences 3
Disease Related Courses 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
ACBS 495A Topics In Veterinary Science 1
Disease Related Courses 3
Disease Related or Non-Disease Related Courses 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of animal anatomy, physiology, diseases, nutritional and health maintenance, and welfare forms a strong career foundation for a Veterinary Science major. Graduates in Veterinary Science may continue their studies in veterinary school to become veterinarians, or they may work in the veterinary field as assistants, in animal welfare and adoption organizations, in film and television, or in feed production or livestock agriculture. This major is also excellent preparation for medical, dentistry, or pharmacy school or graduate studies in Animal Sciences. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Veterinary medicine
  • Animal adoption and protection
  • Animal caretaking
  • Pet psychology
  • Animal rights activism
  • Film and television
  • Education
  • Agriculture
  • Laboratory research/testing

Sample Employers

  • Veterinary offices
  • Zoos
  • Nature preserves
  • Animal shelters
  • Film and television productions
  • Pet-sitting agencies
  • Self-employment (consulting/advising)
  • Racetracks and fairs
  • Medical testing laboratories
  • Food production industry
  • Extension offices

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Veterinarian $53,270 - $86,640
Veterinary Technologist $21,030 - $30,290
Animal Scientist $31,540 - $81,430
Wildlife Rehabilitator $13,000 - $30,000
Pet Psychologist $40,000 - $60,000
Laboratory Animal Technician $20,000 - $33,000
Zoo Education Director $20,000 - $44,444
Zoo/Aquarium Curator $26,320 - $80,030
Veterinary Health Inspector $21,030 - $30,290
Animal Safety Representative, Film $31,200 - $39,000
Animal Shelter Director $17,076 - $27,851
Animal Forensics Specialist $43,000 - $100,000
Animal behaviorist $24,000 - $48,000