Vet School Information

Our department offers an outstanding pre-professional program that includes two faculty veterinarians.

Students interested in attending veterinary school will take a science-oriented, pre-professional program that leads to a B.S. degree in animal science. In addition to the chemistry, biology and other science courses in this curriculum, our department offers several classes specifically designed to better prepare students for veterinary school and for a successful practice afterward. 

On average, more than 70% of our pre-professional, animal science students who apply are accepted into veterinary school!

Arkansas Health Education Grant (ARHEG)

Arkansas does not have an in-state veterinary school; however, the Arkansas Legislative Assembly authorizes funds to help cover out-of-state tuition expenses for Arkansas residents pursuing a doctorate in veterinary medicine. The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is authorized to administer the program, and contracts have been negotiated through the Board of Control for Southern Regional Education for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University (LSU) and at Tuskegee University. Arrangements have also been made with the University of Missouri and Oklahoma State University. Under the provisions of the legislation, only citizens of Arkansas are eligible.

More information about the program can be found here: ARHEG

Information and requirements for veterinary schools: AAVMC

Four-year academic plan for pre-professional students: Degree Plan

Pre-Vet Club

The Department of Animal Science offers a pre-vet club that aims to familiarize students with career options available in veterinary medicine and to facilitate their application to professional school. Additionaly, the group hopes to foster fellowship among students who share similar goals and friendships. 

Faculty Veterinarians:

Dr. Jeremy Powell

Dr. Jeremy  Powell

Phone: 479-575-5136


B-110 AFLS Building

Dr. Lauren Thomas

Dr. Lauren Thomas

Phone: 479-575-4351


B-103 AFLS Building