Pre-Veterinary: Biochemistry Track

If your passion is helping animals, consider the pre-vet track at UNI

Veterinarians need a strong foundation in science, including chemistry and biochemistry. Veterinarians use clinical chemistry and other laboratory tests to diagnose disease, monitor disease progression or response to therapy, and to screen for the presence of underlying disease in apparently healthy animals.

The biochemistry major at UNI is an excellent preparation for veterinary school, and many of our students interested in veterinary medicine choose to double major in biology.  

It is important to keep in mind that the pre-veterinary track is not an academic major; rather, it’s a suggested program of study that prepares students to apply to professional school upon completing their undergraduate degree. 

Cat in a vet office.

High-Demand Field

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


Median Salary

The median annual wage for veterinarians was $99,250 in May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Vet School Prep

A degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry allows you to complete the prerequisites for veterinary school, while gaining hands-on lab experiences to set you apart from the crowd.


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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Northern Iowa
1227 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423

Phone: 319-273-2437


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