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DVM Program Requirements

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Processing fee

The Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine does not utilize a supplemental application, but does require an additional application processing fee of $85 due on the same date as the application deadline. Applicants not submitting the application processing fee will not be considered for admission. The application fee can be paid online with a credit or debit card once the application cycle opens.

Prerequisite coursework

Applicants must complete specific prerequisite courses prior to application and enrollment in the DVM program. This includes courses in chemistry, biology, physics, math, English composition and liberal arts education. 

Students may pursue their pre-veterinary studies at any accredited college or university and pursue a number of undergraduate majors. Many community and junior colleges offer the majority of courses required with the possible exception of some of the more advanced science courses such as higher-lever chemistry, genetics and biochemistry. 

Although a Bachelor's degree is not required for admission to the DVM program, approximately 90 percent of the students entering the program each year have completed their Bachelor's degree. The most common majors of students entering the DVM program are biology and animal science, but also include a variety of majors such as engineering, business administration, history and music.

GRE general test

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Applicants must take the general GRE exam, and not a subject specific exam, such as biology. Exam scores should be directed to institution code 6653. A department code is unnecessary. Exam results must be recent within five years of the application deadline. Test takers are encouraged to send all exam results and the best test date, determined by the highest composite verbal and quantitative score, will be used.

Official transcripts

Official copies of all transcripts from any college or university attended should be sent to VMCAS by September 15, 2020. SDSU and the University of Minnesota will be unable to process or forward transcripts that are sent to the University and not to VMCAS. Deadlines as well as more information on the transcript verification process can be found on the AAVMC website.

Letters of reference

The Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine requires three electronic Letters of Reference (eLOR) on behalf of each applicant. eLORs are submitted directly through VMCAS as part of the application. Applicants may submit up to six eLORs total. It is strongly recommended that at least one eLOR is written by a DVM. Other letters could come from individuals who know the applicant in a professional environment, such as employers, volunteer coordinators, instructors, advisors, other medical professionals etc.