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Vet Schools and AP Credit

Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by all605, May 16, 2008.

  1. all605

    all605 7+ Year Member

    May 16, 2008
    First off, let me just say hi to you all. I stumbled across this forum a few months ago, but have just lurked every once in a while. Now that I've finally joined, hopefully I'll post fairly regularly. You all seem really nice and helpful :)

    I have a question regarding how vet schools view AP credit. I'm currently a high school senior heading off to college in the fall, and I have credit from 6 AP tests I've taken during my high school years. I know though that vet schools have pre-reqs to get in, and I'm wondering if those must all be taken at the actual college or if the vet schools will accept the AP credit to fulfill certain classes. I have AP credit for 2 science courses (bio and physics) as well as for calculus and some humanities (just throwing that out there in case it makes any difference).

    I sign up for classes in a few weeks, so I'd just like to know if I should be retaking classes (especially intro science classes) that I already have credit for from AP.

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  3. PAThbrd

    PAThbrd LA Surgery Resident Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2004
    It depends on the schools you are applying to.

    I applied in 2005 (for 06 matriculation) and used AP credits in Chem, Bio, Calc, and Macroeconomics and they took them at Penn, Tufts, NC State, Colorado, and Illinois, although that may have changed. I know they required that my undergrad school document the AP credit on the transcript with a grade (which my undergrad did). Things may have changed though, I would definitely check with the vet schools that you think you might apply to.
  4. david594

    david594 The-OSU CVM c/o 2013 7+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    That is definitely not universal though. I know from my undergrad institution the only mention of AP credits was something like "Transfer credits: 4 (AP)" with no mention of what they were in, and no grade associated.

    The best my school could offer was to include unofficial transcripts in the envelopes with the official copies and that they unofficial ones would indicate that they 4 credits filled a gen bio requirement. I decided to play it safe/easy and am retaking gen bio 100 this summer so i wont have to worry about the school not getting the transcripts right.
  5. BobDog

    BobDog Penn Vet c/o 2012 2+ Year Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    You don't have to have a grade associated with the ap credit, but it does have to show up on your transcript. This is true for most schools. The exceptions for schools I applied to were as follows: Cornell basicaly will not accept any AP for pre-reqs. They will accept an upper level course in place of the class you APed out of. Iowa State requires the official AP score report in order to accept AP credit. This is not an exhaustive list though. I did have quite a bit of AP, so I have firsthand knowledge of these policies.
  6. VAgirl

    VAgirl UC Davis SVM c/o 2012 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    Davis, CA
    Indeed, they did. And man did I feel old when ETS had to go pull my AP scores out of archives!! :laugh:
  7. all605

    all605 7+ Year Member

    May 16, 2008
    thanks everyone. I'll try to do some research this weekend then to find out more about the policies of the vet schools that I'll likely apply to.
  8. bakaduin

    bakaduin UF CVM Class of 2012 2+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    30 of my credits for graduation were via high school AP tests and they were all taken by Vet school.
  9. CurrySpice

    CurrySpice 2+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    I was looking into this a little while ago as I want to skip out of Gen Bio, Chem, and Calc 1 and the consensus I found was that the vet school will take anything that your college accepts and puts on transcripts.

    My problem is that my school does not accept LAB credit for AP courses, so I"m trying to figure out how to solve that without retaking a bunch of labs.
  10. ri23

    ri23 OSU CVM Class of 2011 7+ Year Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    If your undergraduate college accepts your AP credit you will probably be fine (at most schools). If they do not, you will probably have to repeat the courses.
  11. all605

    all605 7+ Year Member

    May 16, 2008
    thanks again everyone. this is all really helpful.

    the schools that I am considering applying to for vet school are illinois (definitely since that's where I live), purdue, kansas, iowa, wisconsin, missouri, michigan, and ohio. So if anybody has any more specific info on those schools, I'd appreciate it. I know some of you have already posted some specifics for those schools, so thanks for that. I've gone to most of their web sites to look up their pre-reqs, but I haven't been able to find specific info for how they handle AP credit (except on the illinois site).

    pretty much from what I'm reading here though is that as long as my college excepts my credit and puts it on my transcript, I should be fine 90% of the time. does that seem right?

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