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No more than one required prerequisite course may remain to be completed after autumn term of the academic year in which you apply. All courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester or winter quarter preceding matriculation. A grade of C or better must be earned in all prerequisite course work. Courses can be completed at any accredited college or university as long as the courses are determined by the Office of Professional Admissions to be equivalent to our required courses. For a list of prerequisite courses, click here.
All applicants are required to apply online through the Association of American Veterinary Medical College's (AAVMC) Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). Applicants can begin submitting their VMCAS applications in June. The deadline to submit is October 2 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (No exceptions). For more information, visit aavmc.org
Students who complete a VMCAS application are required to submit all their official transcripts to AAVMC by September 1st. Please visit AAVMC's website for more information on transcript verification: http://aavmc.org/transcriptver.aspx
*Applicants that are offered a seat will be required to submit final transcripts to The Ohio State University by June 1st.
Applicants who designate The Ohio State University on the electronic VMCAS application are required to complete a supplemental application. The supplemental application will become available in September and is due by 1:00 PM EDT on Friday, November 1st, 2013. There are no essay questions on the supplemental application and an applicant should be able to complete the application in a half an hour or less. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60 to be paid electronically, upon submission of the application. Please click for Supplemental Application FAQs.
Please Note: We strongly encourage you to provide your Social Security Number on the supplemental application if you anticipate receiving a loan, scholarship or grant. The Office of Student Financial Aid uses the Social Security Number to verify your attendance if you are a loan, scholarship or grant recipient.
Applicants are required to take the General GRE or the MCAT by September 30, but within five years of their application. Most applicants choose to take the GRE. The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. Applicants are required to take all parts including the analytical writing section. There is no minimum GRE score and the best individual score from each section is taken. The GRE is offered multiple times per year at locations throughout the United States and Canada. To register for the GRE, go to ets.org or call 1-800-GRE-CALL. You will need to provide the following codes to ETS in order for the college to receive your test scores: GRE Code: 1592 - Department Code: 0617. Minimum MCAT is 24. For information about the MCAT, visit aamc.org. To access your MCAT scores, we will need your 16-digit verification code.
We require a total of three references. At least ONE reference must be from a veterinarian, and two additional references (no relatives allowed) are also required. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) by October 2 at 1 pm (Eastern Time). No exceptions! Applicants should request letters from veterinarians, professors, employers, etc., who know them well and are able to comment accurately on their ability to be successful in veterinary school. We will not accept letters of recommendations that are not submitted through VMCAS. Recommendations must be submitted by October 2 at 1 pm. No exceptions!
After an evaluation of each applicant's file, academic record, test scores, and non-academic portions of the application, a point value is assigned. This value will determine which applicants will be invited for a personal interview. Competitive applicants typically have GRE scores and GPA's well above minimum. For information about presenting a competitive application, click here. For those that qualify for an interview, the interview is typically 30 minutes with two interviewers. The personal interview will be used to clarify any issues arising from the academic and non-academic evaluation and to assess the applicant's maturity, motivation, communication skills, knowledge of the profession, and desire to contribute to society through veterinary medicine.