Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

**We do not have a DVM program at Appalachian State. This page is for informational purposes to support health profession exploration.  For information concerning Appalachian's new online BS Veterinary Technician program or to apply, visit App State Online Veterinary Technology BS.

Degree Type

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)


The medical science concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases in animals. Aside from diagnosing and treating sick and injured animals, veterinarians prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people, and advise owners on the proper care of animals. Veterinarians work to ensure a safe food supply by maintaining the health of agricultural animals and by inspecting food processing industries. Veterinarians are also involved in the preservation of wildlife (AVMA).

Typical Majors

  • Biology BS (Cell and Molecular) or BA
  • Chemistry BS (Biochemistry)

You can learn about specific degree requirements from the University Bulletin.  

Clinical Exposure

NC State requires a minimum of 200 hours of direct veterinary experience. However, their accepted applicant averages close to 2000 hours of vet experience. Students are expected to have significant experience in a veterinary setting, so most students will work in a vet office or obtain undergraduate research experience using animals. Other animal experience is also required.

Test Type

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

National Links

American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)

NC Program

North Carolina State University



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