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Pierce College’s Pre-veterinary program: prepares you for direct transfer into a graduate school of Veterinary Medicine saving you 2 years of college!
Dr. Leland S. Shapiro, Director
Pre-Veterinary Science Program
Professor of Animal Sciences
L.A. Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Ave. Box 1052
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Pierce College has the most successful two-year Pre-Veterinary Science program in the State of California. Students may learn "hands on" (kinesthetically), by listening (auditorily), or by seeing (visually). We are internationally know for our excellence in hands-on training of applicants to graduate schools of veterinary medicine. Our farm laboratory and new teaching hospital, our diverse veterinary teaching staff, our excellent life science, and chemistry support programs and our industry mentors have contributed to this success. As of today (June 2014), 214 Pierce alumni have applied and been accepted into graduate schools of veterinary medicine. Our first three alumni were Dr. Charles Jenner, a graduate of Manual Arts High School in South Central Los Angeles and the founding director of the Big Horn Sheep Institute and Dr. Hubert Johnstone (dairy science major), who served as the San Diego County Veterinarian for many years; and Dr. Dick La Rue (Dairy Science major) who had his own practice, following graduation from UC Davis, in Woodland Hills . Our students have been accepted at UC Davis, Purdue, Tuskegee, Mississippi, Fort Collins, Iowa State, Prince Edwards, Gainesville, Michigan State, Wisconsin, University of Liverpool, Oklahoma State, Guadalajara, Kansas State, Ross University, St. George University, Virginia-Maryland, Oregon State University, Washington State at Pullman, University College at Dublin, University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, Tufts, Cornell, Glasgow, Texas A & M Western University, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California,The Ohio State University, and Murdoch University in Western Australia. You can read some of their stories at our alumni page.
Review our Pre-veterinary handbook and these two short videos on students who have been successful in our program
Pierce's Pre-Veterinary Program includes several animal oriented agriculture classes. Many of these courses are not offered every semester. Please check with me on a regular basis for course offerings, times and requirements.
AS 401 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology
AS 501 - Principles of Animal Science
AS 505 - Animal Nutrition
AS 511 - Anatomy and Physiology of Animals
AS 512 - Anatomy Laboratory
AS 181 - Veterinary Field Work
AS 120 - Ethical Issues in Using Animals
AS 515 - Applied Animal ReproductionAS 516 - Artificial InseminationAS596 - Animal Enterprise Projects
Pre-veterinary students are expected to become "active" in our school's pre-veterinary club. This spring's officers include:
Vice-President, Walking Shield
firstname.lastname@example.org Vice-President, Farm
WalkIf you would like to send a general email to the club officers you may write to them at email@example.com