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Organic Chemistry Requirement for Vet School Admission

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by Aliwishes, 10.02.06.

  1. Aliwishes

    Aliwishes New Member

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    Advice please......
    I know that vet school applications are due in a few months and i am considering applying for fall 2007. I was going to wait a year because my top choice school requires a one year Organic Chemistry but I was wondering if anyone knows of any vet schools that doesnt require a year of Organic Chemistry. I took one semester and dropped the second because I wasnt doing too well and took the advice from my college advisor to drop it before it ruined my GPA. I wished I had just taken the second semester. I am open to any ideas anyone might have. thanks.
  2. HorseyVet

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    Um...applications were already due....Looks like you've got some time to take organic....

    I think all of the schools require a full year of organic. If you go to take it, I'd really consider auditing or re-taking the first semester b/c chances are you forgot most of it and Ochem is pretty cumulative.
  3. mtrl1

    mtrl1 UC Davis Class of 2011

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    UC Davis will accept a short course (6 quarter units) but most schools require a full year...and you can't mix and match series.

    O-chem is really really important to understand because it provides the building blocks for biochemistry which is required by everyone except Penn (and they strongly recommend it).

    mtrl1
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    sorry but O-chem is a ginormous waste of time.
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    Do you just patrol this board looking for opportunities to make asinine comments?
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    mtrl1 UC Davis Class of 2011

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    get over yourself.
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    organic chemistry IS a giant waste of time. The information you get in that course is completely useless (aside from the properties of functional groups); you will never utilize many of the things taught ever again in your productive life. Biochemistry is a different story, but i can assure you that everything you're going to need to know from biochem is taught IN biochem. Vet schools use organic chemistry as a weeder class because its competitive, has a high volume of information and is therefore difficult.

    Since getting into vet school, i've YET to utilize one tidbit of 0-chem other than what i used in my clinical biochem class, and even then it was pretty flippin minimal.
  9. Aliwishes

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    Thanks all for your reply it was greatly appreciated. I guess i will just go back to my original plan, to take O Chem and apply for the following year. I guess I was wondering if there was a possibility but I totally understand. I just gotta get going with my prerequisites. Just gotta take that O.Chem class. sucks. thanks again.
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    Why are you still going on about this? No one even asked if organic chemistry is a waste of time.
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    what is your problem? honestly!
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    I'll agree with HorseyVet that Orgo is very cumulative, but might not suggest taking it again if you did well first semester. I took the second semester of Orgo over a year after taking the first half (transferring to a school with different chem requirements.) Although it was a lot of work re-learning all of those mechanisms independantly, I'm glad I didn't need to suffer through the first semester again and ended up doing really well. Just a note that it can be done...

    Lisa
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    Hi. Organic Chemistry was like learning another language to me. I majored in English in college, and went back to school to get vet pre-req's. I did well, despite my fears, but I did go to a tutor for both semesters, and it was orgo boot camp. If you have the chance and money to get a tutor in orgo, I'd recommend it.

    I think I recall some schools listing only the first term of Orgo as a pre-req, but if you look further, many require OTHER classes that require Orgo II anyway! So, there's no way around Orgo last I recall. Especially for the U.S. schools.

    Study hard and good luck.

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