Pre-Vet Advising

Coordinator of Pre-Vet and Veterinary Student Affairs

Dr. Todd O'Hara

Dr. Todd O’Hara, Ph.D., DVM, DABVT is a Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology and Coordinator of Pre-Vet/Veterinary Student Services. Dr. O'Hara will work with undergraduates (and High School students) who wish to become veterinarians.

Dr. O’Hara works closely with CSU-CVMBS and has had students accepted there and to other Veterinary Colleges in the United States and Canada. CSU has a list of prerequisite courses and credits available (Preparatory coursework guide (PDF)) and UAF has the necessary courses to meet this prerequisite requirement. Alaska has several pathways for Pre-Vet students.

Students are encouraged to take the upper level biomedical science courses such as microbiology, cell biology, anatomy, physiology, histology, nutrition and other advanced biomedical sciences to improve their applications for the veterinary program. If you wish to set up an appointment, would like Dr. O'Hara to speak to your class, or for more information please do not hesitate to contact the Department of Veterinary Medicine (

Application Evaluation and Entrance Process

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), College of Natural Science and Mathematics (CNSM), Department of Veterinary Medicine (DVet) is a partner with the Colorado State University (CSU), College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences (CVMBS) and all applications will be submitted via their website and evaluated by their standards and practices; to learn more about that process please visit the csu-cvmbs website ( CSU Understanding the DVM entrance evaluation process ).