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Pre-Professional Pathway

Pre-Veterinary Program

Through our pre-veterinary pathway, you'll prepare for veterinary school with the help of faculty mentors and career advisors. 

Program Overview

Veterinarians play a critical role in ensuring the wellbeing and proper care of animals. They specialize in assessing the health of animals, diagnosing issues, providing treatment, and educating pet owners on how to provide the best care for their pets.

The path to becoming a veterinarian begins with a pre-veterinary pathway. At Widener, this means choosing from more than 10 majors, ranging from biology and chemistry to mathematics and digital media informatics. No matter which path you choose, you'll work in advanced research facilities, partner with faculty mentors, and shadow local veterinary professionals. As you complete your pathway, you'll gain the foundational skills you need to take the next step in your journey: entering veterinary school.

With support from your health professions advisor, you'll leave Widener ready for a powerful education and fulfilling career. It all starts here.

Program Options

The Widener Medical Scholars Program is designed to attract broadly-educated candidates who are interested in entering the practice of medicine.

Selected students participate in an immersive, hospital-affiliated, medical school-like experience that involves shadowing physicians at Crozer-Chester Medical Center (CCMC), located a few blocks from Widener University. 

Following the shadowing rotations, Widener Medical Scholars remain on campus and complete a research project with a Widener faculty member and present their results at the Summer Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (SURCA) Symposium. The Widener Medical Scholars Program prepares students to be competitive applicants to medical schools in the Philadelphia area and beyond.


No more than eight (8) Widener Medical Scholars are admitted each year. To qualify for the program as a high school senior, you must satisfy Widener University admissions criteria, select an academic major in which to pursue your pre-medical preparation, and submit a Supplemental Widener Medical Scholars Application by January 15 of your senior year. The Supplemental Widener Medical Scholars Application includes a 750-word essay that summarizes the experiences, events, and thoughts that have led you to your interest in being a veterinarian and to your decision to seek admission to the Widener Medical Scholars Program. Selected applicants will be notified on or by April 15.

Widener Medical Scholars accepted as high school seniors will enroll in SCI 190: Introduction to Research during their first semester at Widener to prepare for research with a faculty member as early as their freshman year.

Preference is given to students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine, including members of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations, socioeconomically disadvantaged or first-generation college students, or students from a medically-underserved area. Residents of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland with an interest in practicing medicine in an under-resourced area like Chester are also encouraged to apply.

Ideal high school candidates will have a combined critical reading and mathematics SAT score of 1350 or greater with at least a 600 in the two sub-tests. Applicants should also have community service and medically-related volunteer experience.

As part of your pre-veterinary pathway, you'll pursue your interest in animal care while also exploring your interest in another major. No matter which path you choose, you'll take the required science courses you need to enter veterinary school.

Options include:

Admissions Information

To get started with your pre-veterinary pathway, select your undergraduate major from within our Undergraduate Major Options and complete an online application. 

During your freshman year, you will work closely with your academic advisor to create a curriculum that prepares you for veterinary school.

Shadow Veterinarians and Veterinary Students

With support from your health professions advisor, you'll experience life beyond your pre-veterinary pathway. Volunteer in nearby veterinary facilities or shadow Widener alumni in veterinary school. As you build your network, you'll understand what it takes to thrive as a student and professional.

Prepare for Veterinary School

Experience constant support as you prepare for veterinary school. Complete mock interviews with your pre-health advisor and a career advisor. Review your application with the health professions advisory committee. Seek advice from a vast network of alumni. Each step of the way, you'll benefit from the guidance of academic experts. 

Learn From Faculty Mentors

No matter what you study, you'll learn from faculty who invest in your success. Through small classes, research projects, local excursions, and study abroad trips, these professors will be your biggest supporters. And when you apply to veterinary school, they'll be the first to review your application and write your letters of recommendation. 

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Our pre-veterinary students serve as competitive applicants to a wide range of veterinary schools. As a Widener student, you'll join them.

Your Inside Track to Success

Potential Careers

  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Scientist
  • Veterinary Technologist


Industry Growth Text

Employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 17% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Employers

  • St. George's University
  • SUNY
  • Salus University

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Next steps to apply

To participate in our pathway program, apply to your desired undergraduate major. Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.


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