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Shirley Paul

Volleyball Player Sets Sight on Vet School

Junior Shirley Paul wears a different color jersey to set her apart as the best defender on the volleyball team. Paul is a libero, a key defensive specialist, on the University of St. Thomas women’s volleyball team and a volunteer with the Houston SPCA. See a video about Paul’s experience as a volleyball player. 

The University of St. Thomas Pre-Veterinary Program is designed to prepare students for entry into veterinary school.

Pre-Veterinary is a rigorous science- and math-based program that can be combined with any major. It is important to note that the Pre-Veterinary Program is not a major but rather a program consisting of 66 credit hours of science and math courses and 12 credit hours of English and communications. These courses serve as the prerequisites for applying to veterinary school.

Find the Pre-Veterinary Program here.

How to Get Started

Your journey begins in your first year by talking to your Academic Advisor about your interest in the veterinary profession and meeting with a pre-health professions advisor. All students in the program will declare a major, take pre-veterinary courses and participate in the core curriculum

Pre-Health Professions Advisors

The pre-health professions advisors assist students in tandem with their major advisor. The pre-health professions advisor informs the student of prerequisite courses, admissions test dates and application deadlines. As students prepare their application the pre-health professions advisor provides workshops, application feedback and letters of evaluation for application to veterinary school.

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