Note: McGill University does not teach Veterinary Medicine, and cannot provide any additional information on eligibility or application requirements for any given Veterinary School. Candidates must contact these schools directly with any questions they may have. McGill University does not guarantee admission into any Veterinary Medicine program.  

Preveterinary studies

Is your goal to work with animals?

McGill University offers a great path to Veterinary School and other animal health-related areas!

Through the Bachelor of Science (Ag.Env.Sc.), Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) Major and particularly the Animal Health & Disease Specialization, students receive the grounding in animal physiology and health to prepare them for future studies in Veterinary Medicine and other animal health-related fields.

This program is delivered at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University which is located on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. The research-driven Macdonald Campus Farm consisting of state-of-the-art dairy, poultry and large animal research facilities right on the campus allows students the opportunity, through their classes and also through internships, to interact directly with large farm animals. Labs, internships and research projects allow students to explore animal health-related areas of interest.

The program includes courses designed to prepare students for careers in animal-related fields. These courses include:

Basic science

Animal physiology

Animal health and disease

also...

LSCI 204 Genetics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(required)

ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Science 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

LSCI 230 Introductory Microbiology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

AEHM 205 Science Literacy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

LSCI 211 Biochemistry 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

ANSC 251 Comparative Anatomy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

ANSC 312 Animal Health and Disease 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

ANSC 350 Food-Borne Pathogens 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

ANSC 234 Biochemistry 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

ANSC 323 Mammalian Physiology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

MICR 341 Mechanisms of Pathogenicity 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

ANSC 303 Farm Livestock Internship 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

LSCI 202 Molecular Cell Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

ANSC 324 Devel. Biology & Reproduction 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

PARA 438 Immunology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(required)

ANSC 420 Animal Biotechnology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

 

ANSC 424 Metabolic Endocrinology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

(required)

PARA 424 Fundamental Parasitology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

ANSC 555 The Use and Welfare of Animals 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

 

ANSC 433 Animal Nutrition & Metabolism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (optional)

ANSC 400 Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 (required)

Plus a range of other courses, including Internships and Research Projects to allow students to explore related interests

McGill University has established pathways for students in the Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural) Major, and the Animal Health and Disease Specialization, with Schools of Veterinary Medicine. Continue reading for more information:

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