College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

Animal Science Specialty - Pre-Veterinary Medicine Track

General Information

The undergraduate Animal Science specialty at the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo has existed since 1975. In 1990, The Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum was developed for students interested in pursuing post-graduate studies in Veterinary Medicine or Animal Science. CAFNRM has small class sizes which allows for more faculty-student interaction and individual attention. Animal Science classes are both technical and practical. To help translate classroom instruction into real life situations, hands-on exercises are practiced during most lab periods at the 110-acre farm with cattle, sheep, horses, goats, and swine.

Animal Science Pre-Veterinary Medicine students are required to take many of the same courses as Biology students. Because of this, it is possible for students to receive a B.S. in Agriculture and a B.S. in Biology. Another feature of this curriculum is that it meets the entrance course requirements of many Veterinary Colleges and graduate Animal Science programs. Students that enter these post-graduate programs are pursuing degrees in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) or Animal Science (M.S., Ph.D.).

Why Study Pre-Veterinary Medicine?

This premier Pre-Veterinary Medicine curriculum meets the pre-professional course of many veterinary schools in the U.S.: i.e., Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Oregon State University, Washington State University. With a D.V.M. degree, a wide range of employment opportunities exist such as private veterinary practice, representative for drug and pharmaceutical companies, university teaching and research, federal inspection, governmental research, animal care. After completing a M.S. or PH.D. degree in Animal Science, graduates can take positions as geneticists, meat scientists, nutritionists, researchers, teachers, technicians or extension livestock agents

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will achieve a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, and mathematics as a foundation for further studies.
  • Students will achieve a basic understanding in the different animal science disciplines and be able to apply this knowledge to effectively manage and care for livestock.
  • Students will have experiential learning opportunities with farm animals through routine hands-on laboratories held at the UH Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory. When available, field trips to local farms and ranches will also provide learning opportunities with farm animals. Students will gain hands-on experience with livestock to help enhance their competitiveness in future studies and careers.
  • Students will use and refine their communication skills in various classes.
  • Students will develop and apply their computer skills to agricultural examples.

Requirements for Graduation

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with a specialization in Animal Science - Pre-Veterinary Medicine, a student must complete a minimum of 123 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. See the B.S. in Agriculture: Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Specialty Requirements in the UH Hilo Catalog. Also see the Curriculum sheet effective Fall 2016 (PDF).