Pre-Professional Programs

Veterinary programs, legendary for their tough acceptance standards, require experience in a professional setting. They seek students who have demonstrated a commitment to their chosen profession. Hollins’ pre-vet program has a proven formula for success: Course work + internships + research.



Requirements for admission to veterinary school can vary from program to program. Pre-Vet courses offered at Hollins mirror the academic requirements for admission to most veterinary schools.

Pre-Vet students should consult the publication Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements. It lists the requirements and recommendations of specific veterinary schools.

Equine Studies

The University of Limerick in Ireland offers a term studying equine science.

Established in 1972, the University of Limerick is located in Ireland’s 650-acre National Technological Park on the Shannon River, just outside Ireland’s fourth-largest city.

What You’ll Learn

The university offers a wide range of courses in the natural and social sciences, technology, and Irish studies. There’s also a new program in Irish traditional dance.

The equine science program is of special interest to equestrians and students interested in veterinary science.

Living in Limerick

A thriving, modern city, Limerick offers historic, artistic, and theatrical attractions. It also has an especially lively music scene.

Students studying abroad in Ireland will live in apartment suites in student villages on campus. Each suite has several single bedrooms and a shared living room and kitchen.

Students prepare their own meals or eat in the subsidized restaurants on campus. Hollins provides an allowance to cover the cost of meals.

  • Open for fall or spring semesters
  • Open to Hollins students of humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences
  • You must be a junior with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Pre-med and pre-vet students may enroll as second-semester sophomores with a pre-professional advisor’s recommendation

Recent Internships and Veterinary School Placements

Banfield Pet Hospital
Tri-State Veterinary Hospital
Blue Ridge Equine Clinic
River Oaks Veterinary Clinic
Veterinary Dermatology of Richmond

Vet school placements:
University of Tennessee Veterinary School
University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedicine Science
Western University of Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Hollins students talk about the small classes, one-on-one attention from faculty, and extensive research opportunities that are the hallmarks of the pre-veterinary program of study at Hollins.

Graduate with Clinical, Classroom, and Field Knowledge

Pre-vet students gain experience through:

  • January Short Term
  • Summer internships
  • On-campus research with faculty
  • Collaborative experiments