Certificate in Veterinary Medical Science

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Graduate Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 32.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Semester
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.1104
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-2056

Note: This program is currently not accepting students.

About the Program

The School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies in the College of Medicine offers the Veterinary Medical Science (VMS) program. The VMS program is a one-year graduate level certificate program designed to help students enhance their credentials for veterinary medical school. It is intended for students who believe that their undergraduate performance did not fully reflect their academic abilities and who are now prepared to demonstrate they can excel. 

Upon completion of the VMS certificate program, students have the option to continue their studies in the Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) program. In addition to further enhancing their academic credentials for veterinary medical school, earning the MLAS degree will allow students to pursue advanced careers in laboratory animal science or laboratory animal management.


The VMS curriculum consists of a unique combination of graduate level basic sciences courses, animal science courses, and medical school courses. VMS students are enrolled in several of the same first year medical school courses, as students from Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). Success in this rigorous academic program can be viewed as an indicator of future potential in professional school. 

Veterinary Medical School

Successful completion of the VMS program can significantly improve a student’s academic credentials for application to veterinary medical school. Please review our website for a comprehensive list of veterinary medical schools that have been attended by VMS and MLAS alumni.

Career Opportunities

In addition to attending veterinary medical school, VMS graduates have the option to continue their studies within the MLAS program. MLAS graduates hold positions in laboratory animal facilities of universities, biotechnology companies, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies. There they serve as veterinarians, supervisors, managers, IACUC administrators, trainers, educators, consultants, and sales representatives.

Additional Information

Erin Vogelsong, MS
Academic Administrator, Assistant Professor
Drexel University College of Medicine

Office of Professional Studies in the Health Sciences
245 N. 15th St., Room 15305
Philadelphia, PA 19102

IMSP 510SMedical Biochemistry I7.5
IMSP 520SMedical Physiology I3.5
MLAS 525SAnimal Anatomy2.0
MLAS 606SClinical Laboratory Techniques and Concepts1.0
MSPA 580SMedical Microbiology I4.0
 Term Credits18.0
IMSP 511SMedical Biochemistry II0.5
IMSP 521SMedical Physiology II3.5
MLAS 529SMolecular Genetics2.0
MLAS 530SBiostats In Vet Science3.0
MSPP 513SSpecial Topics in Anatomy4.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 31.0


Admissions Requirements

Students will be selected on the basis of adequate educational background and veterinary/ research/ animal care experience. 

Prerequisite coursework includes: chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, and physics.

Candidates for admission must provide the following credentials:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores at or above the 60th percentile in all areas obtained within the last 5 years
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Three letters of reference, two must be from science professors
  • Personal statement stating the applicant's academic and professional goals

The deadline for submission of applications is the second Friday in July of the year the student seeks admission.

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