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Admissions Process

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Admissions Philosophy

The College of Veterinary Medicine uses selective admission procedures. Criteria for admission are determined by an Admission Committee. Applicants are evaluated on academic profiles and certain other non-cognitive factors, including motivation, character, communication and interpersonal skills, personality, leadership ability, animal exposure, and knowledge of the profession. The admission committee is looking for well-rounded students with a passion for people, animals, science, and learning. Specific requirements may change annually. It is the candidate’s responsibility to know and comply with the correct procedures and guidelines for admission.

If you have any questions, please call (614) 292-1171 to speak to an admissions counselor.

Animal research

The faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine believes that the use of live animals is essential to the teaching of veterinary medicine. Some alternatives to the traditional courses in surgical and medical techniques are available to students enrolled in the professional curriculum. All animal use is reviewed by a faculty committee that considers the issues of humane treatment, animal welfare, quality of student learning experience, and necessity of animal use to obtain desired educational goals in their deliberations. Objections to the humane use of live animals will not be grounds for excuse from class.

Selection Process

Admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine is granted only for the fall semester of each year and only on a full-time basis. The selection process is designed to admit applicants who can both succeed academically in a rigorous, intensive four-year professional science program and demonstrate dedication and commitment to the veterinary profession. Our process for evaluating applicants for admission is detailed and complex to ensure that we select the most highly qualified students who possess the potential for successful completion of the DVM program.

Objective Evaluation

The objective evaluation is based on academic achievement and standardized test scores. All official transcripts of college course grades are examined to determine academic achievement. *Even if grades are forgiven by your university or you have retaken the course, all grades are considered in the VMCAS GPA calculation

  • Overall GPA
  • Science GPA
  • Last 30 credit hour GPA

Admissions Committee Review

The Admissions Committee reviews the applicant's:

  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Animal, veterinary, and work experience
  • Community Service
  • Extracurricular Activities/Leadership roles/Honors and Awards

Subjective Evaluation

  • Interview
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the profession (current and global issues impacting veterinary medicine)

*Interview selection is based on academic achievement and file review. Decisions for admissions are based on a combination of  academic achievement, file review and interview scores.