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Welcome to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University. We are delighted you have chosen to become a Buckeye. We are looking forward to you being on campus and continuing your journey to become a veterinarian. You are the best of the best, and we wish you well on this path.

To help you with your transition into veterinary school, we have a few programs in place. The first program is new student orientation, which is mandatory. Tentative New student orientation dates are August 15-17 and 20.  Classes begin on Tuesday, August 21.  This event is an opportunity for you to get to know your classmates and become familiar with our college. All students are required to attend.  If you are interested in your family take a tour of the veterinary medical center, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a tour before new student orientation at:  There will be limited tour offers during new student orientation.  

The second program is the "Big Sib" program. Every first year student will be matched up with a second year student that will serve as your "Big Sib." Your "Big Sib" will help guide you through the ups and downs of veterinary school and help you transition into this new phase of your life.

You will receive detailed information about New Student Orientation as well as the "Big Sib" program in June. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (614) 292-1171 or e-mail

Again, Congratulations on being accepted to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Welcome to the Buckeye State!



Office of Professional Programs

*Please note: This page will be the most up to date after the April 16th deadline.  The class is not typically set until June. 

Please click below:

Background Check: 

You will receive an email in the summer (typically in June) regarding your background check.

The cost is approximately $35 for Ohio residents and $65 for non-residents (prices subject to change). All criminal background check information will be held confidential to the extent permitted by Ohio law, and will be handled in accordance with University policy.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (614) 292-1171 or email

Required Device (updates will be available June 2018)

All students in the Class of 2021 are required to have an iPad to use during their DVM program. The device will be used for core course examinations, review of electronic materials in Carmen and annotation of electronic notes as needed. In addition to being the most reliable device for ExamSoft, the iPad can transform other learning habits.  A common device within an academic program can enhance efficiency and effectiveness in teaching and learning while creating standardization among learners.  

  • Minimum required: iPad Air 2* or iPad 2017 (32GB from $399 or 128GB from $499)
    • Allows use of 3rd party stylus (regular rubber tip for general write/draw; BT precise tip with app integration such as Fiftythree Pencil or Adonit Pixel)
    • *The Air 2 is currently supported by our exam softward, but as the oldest support devices, it would typically be the first to need an upgrade.
  • Recommended: 9.7” iPad Pro 32GB or up ($599+)
    • Most powerful, and compatible with Apple Stylus ($99) and Apple Smart Keyboard ($149) which receive 1st party support.
  • Required Accessories: Keyboard (smart or Bluetooth) and privacy screen.
  • Additional Requirements:
    • Operating System = iOS 8, iOS 9.0 and iOS 10 (Only genuine versions of iOS are supported. Jailbroken devices are not compatible.)
    • 500MB of free space required to commence an exam
    • Wi-Fi capabilities needed
    • Click here for jpeg for required and suggested apps to download.

Student Health Insurance

Students who are enrolled at least half time (4 eligible credit hours for graduate and professional students) and are attending any campus of The Ohio State University are eligible for coverage, as are their dependents.

For more information about student health insurance, please contact:

Student Health Insurance
1100 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-7979
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday

Technical Standards

You will receive an electronic copy of the technical standards form to sign typically in the summer (June 1st).  Please feel free to review the form below.  

College of Veterinary Medicine Technical Standards


The Office of Educational Design and Systems will register your first semester classes for you during the Summer. After your first quarter, you are responsible for registering for classes. You will be notified by e-mail about upcoming registration dates and deadlines.

Activate OSU E-mail account

It is very important to activate your OSU e-mail account as soon as possible so that we can communicate with you. For information, about activating your e-mail account click active account.

If you have problems activating your email address, contact or (614) 688-4357.

Buckeyemail ( email account) Please check your Buckeyemail throughout the summer as you have been added to our Class of 2022 email list and may receive information relevant for your upcoming semester. Please do not “reply all” to emails to avoid filling everyone’s in boxes unnecessarily.  Check your “Junk” and “Clutter” mailboxes within the account as sometime the messages sent through the email lists are identified as junk or clutter.  The list service email for the incoming class is typically done mid-June.

Financial Aid

To speak to a financial aid advisor, email

Click link below for more information about financial aid:

Financial Aid Awards will not be available until mid to late June after the class is seated. Please make sure you have completed the FAFSA at if you have not already done so. All VME students will be awarded up to the total cost of attendance if all federal requirements are met. If you have any questions concerning your financial aid, please contact email

You will be able to access your financial aid in late June by using your OSU Internet Username and Password, and logging into "My Student Center" at Under "Finances" click on "View Financial Aid". Select the Aid Year. Click on "Award Summary". If you were awarded loans, you will also need to click on the "To Do" tab in order to complete promissory notes and other needed items.

Please see the demonstrations concerning your financial aid by clicking on the following link:

Please note: The Federal Grad/Plus loan is the only loan that you CANNOT accept on line at your Student Center. You will need to go to and click on "grad/plus" loan tab. Complete the form and email it to

Under the "Finance" section is also a box with a drop down arrow. Go to "Account Refund" for instructions on setting up Direct Deposit. Under the "Finance" section, you will also find links to selecting or waiving "Student Health Insurance."

If you applied for financial aid and did not receive an award by July 1, 2016, or if you have any other questions concerning your financial aid award, please email your financial aid contact,, immediately!

The Office of Student Financial Aid welcomes you to The Ohio State University!

Housing Information

For information on housing, click the links below:

Recommended apartments/condos by current veterinary students

Fisher Commons is primarily for MBA students, however, they do open it up to other professional students. For more information, call 614-487-9008 or email, 900 Nettler Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221. Fisher Commons is located minutes from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Off Campus Student Services is also available to assist you with your search. Services include online housing search, information regarding finding off-campus housing, resources for moving into your new apartment or house, resource information for living off-campus, etc. Please feel free to contact Off-Campus Student Services at (614) 292-0100, website e-mail at

Vaccination Requirement

To enhance the health, safety and well-being of the campus community, Ohio State has announced a new vaccination requirement. All new students to the Columbus campus (part-time or greater) enrolling for the autumn 2015 semester and later will be required to have vaccinations for: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chickenpox). Students who are new to residence halls on all Ohio State campuses will be required to have the meningococcal conjugate (ACWY) vaccination recommended by the CDC.

Vaccination Information (click)

Also check with your insurance carrier for coverage.

The Ohio Veterinary Educational Supply Service (OVESS)

OVESS proudly serves the book and supply needs of the student, faculty, and staff of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. OVESS was created by the Student Chapter of the AVMA to provide a way for students to purchase veterinary textbooks, equipments, and instruments at a discounted cost. Located in room 0010 of the Veterinary Medical Center, OVESS is an independently student operated business.

Ohio Veterinary Education Supply Service
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-1388
online store: 

Class of 2022 (coming to you soon)
OVESS General Information
OVESS Policies

Helpful Websites

New Student Orientation

  • August 15-17 and 20
  • Classes begin on August 21
  • 1st year new student orientation overview (Class of 2022) - coming to you soon

Tours of the Veterinary Medical Center

If you would like your family to tour the Veterinary Medical Center, we encourage you request a tour before new student orientation.  Tours for families will be limited during orientation.

OSU Academic Calendar (University Calendar)


For questions about residency, click residency. You can also contact University Registrar at (614) 292-0300 or 1 (800) 678-6440. Also check out their website at

To gain residency a student must be living in Ohio prior to the first day of Fall term

For more information call the Student Services Center at (614) 292-0300 or go to, under "Quick Links" select residency.

Ohio & Columbus Information

Student Organizations

Click link for a list of student organizations: