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The Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program is a collaboration between the Honors College (HC) and the OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine (CCVM). This program is designed for incoming HC students who have strong academic abilities and an interest in pursuing veterinary medicine as a career. Pre-Veterinary Scholars will obtain experience, knowledge, and mentorship that will help solidify their career goals and strengthen their application to a professional veterinary program.

Applicant Eligibility and Procedures

Students will be invited to apply to the Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program by the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine after admission to the HC.

Meet the HC Pre-Veterinary Scholars: 

Learn more about the HC Pre-Veterinary Program by reading their bios.



Interested students should:

  • Apply to OSU.
  • Apply to the Honors College (If admitted to the HC, you will receive a questionnaire via e-mail and you should indicate interest in the veterinary medicine on the questionnaire).

  • Commit to attend Oregon State University and the Honors College by May st of the year you plan to start at OSU. Note: while the deadline to commit to OSU was extended in 2020, due to limited capacity only students who committed to the Honors College by May 1st were considered for the Pre-Vet Scholars Program. 

  • Eligible students will be invited to write an additional essay that will specifically address interest, experiences, and expectations in the field of veterinary medicine.

Program Structure

Students admitted to the program will be assigned a faculty mentor from the  Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine (CCVM) who will be responsible for overseeing the student’s progress. It is expected that the participants Honors thesis will be related to some facet of the veterinary profession. Students will participate in research and observe clinical medicine during the academic year and summer and will be encouraged to participate in CCVM activities including:

  • Clinical and research talks
  • Senior paper presentations
  • Rounds offered by student chapters of professional veterinary organizations
  • The Pre-Vet volunteer program
  • Research Day at the CCVM
  • Educational programs for children and communities

For more information contact:

Toni Doolen 
Honors College
[email protected] 

Susan Tornquist 
Lois Bates Acheson Dean
Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine 
[email protected]