Admissions Planning FAQs

What are the advantages of applying to both South Dakota State University and University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine at the same time?

By applying to both programs, the applicant increases their options of finding a match to their individual career goals and interests. The SDSU program will mirror the veterinary curriculum of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (UMN CVM). Although the UMN CVM has the ability to offer a more broad spectrum of veterinary medicine, the SDSU Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM) will emphasize the rural, mixed animal or food animal aspects of veterinary medicine. Even though the SDSU program will concentrate on mixed animal and production animal medicine, the curriculum will cover companion animal medicine concepts as well. Also, there is a reduced application fee when selecting both programs. Applicants save $35 when applying to both programs. There are only advantages to applying to both programs.

Why is there an additional application fee added on top of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) fee?

The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) system has operating expenses associated with its organization and must recover these costs. This is true for both the UMN CVM and SDSU’s veterinary admissions offices. For example, additional employees are required to manage applicant questions, schedule interviews, collate and validate information, etc.

Are there any disadvantages to applying to both SDSU and the UMN CVM?

There are no disadvantages in applying to both programs.

What if I’m accepted at both SDSU and the UMN CVM?

If you are accepted by both programs, you would carefully consider and select the program that best matches your interests and career goals. The SDSU program will focus on rural or mixed animal or farm animal aspects of veterinary medicine. Even though the SDSU program will concentrate on mixed animal and production animal medicine principles, the curriculum will also include and integrate companion animal medicine concepts. In addition to offering veterinary students an extensive food animal and mixed animal focus, the UMN CVM is able to offer an exceptional companion animal medicine program, as well as other aspects of veterinary medicine. It is important to note that both the UMN CVM and SDSU’s PPVM program will teach the same courses with the same learning objectives for year’s one and two of veterinary school.

Is there Reciprocity of Tuition between the UMN CVM and SDSU’s Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine?

While students are in their home state of record, they will pay that state’s in-state tuition rate. South Dakota’s PPVM students will pay Minnesota’s in-state tuition rates during their third and fourth years of veterinary school, as long as they qualify for reciprocity. If PPVM students do not quality for South Dakota residency status, they will pay non-resident tuition rates. It is important to note that there are always increased costs with operating a professional school, and as a result, tuition rates are generally increased for any advanced education.

Is the transfer from SDSU to UMN CVM automatic following the first two years (first four semesters) of Veterinary School?

Yes, as long as the student has successfully met all of the Year 1 and Year 2 Veterinary School requirements. The UMN CVM and SDSU have established a formal partnership where students admitted to the PPVM program will complete the same curriculum as their UMN CVM colleagues while at SDSU. Then after two years they will transfer to the UMN CVM to complete the last two years of Veterinary School.

What is the difference between a Rural Veterinary Focus and General Veterinary Interests?

The spectrum of veterinary medicine and practice ranges from companion animals, equine, food animals, mixed practice, zoo animals and wildlife, whereas a rural veterinary focus is usually a mixed animal or food animal practice that concentrates on farm animals. However, both programs will follow the same curriculum. Both programs would also have unique aspects of the veterinary profession such as research, ecosystems health and public health.