Attaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree requires dedication and hard work, but rewards are returned for a lifetime. In general, students must complete 3-4 years of pre-veterinary undergraduate coursework followed by 4 years of a professional program in a college of veterinary medicine. Students may choose any accredited college/university to complete their pre-veterinary coursework, however, choosing a major related to the student's interest in science and animals is wise.
Applying to veterinary school is competitive, therefore students should consider a bachelor's degree that will serve as an alternative career choice.
Common degrees include biology, zoology, chemistry, animal science and biochemistry. Advisers in the college will provide direction for enrolling in appropriate courses to meet the pre-veterinary course requirements and for completing a bachelor's degree.
Applying to Veterinary School
After completing the college pre-veterinary courses, students may apply to the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Admission to the program in competitive. Typically, successful applicants achive a GPA of 3.5. The Veterinary Medical College Application Service processes all applicants. Students will complete the Graduate Record Exam and Biology Subject Test and submit college transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
Top-ranked high school senior students may be eligible for the CVHS Early Admit Program. For more information, contact Dr. Katrina Meinkoth, Admissions and Recruitment Office, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences: