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SDSU's Food Animal Specialists Track (FAS-Track) - beginning in 2022

The Food Animal Specialists Track (FAS-Track) addresses a nation-wide need for more food animal veterinarians. In response to this need, the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine created an early-decision program for students interested in a career in food animal veterinary medicine. Undergraduate students in our approved FAS-Track degree program can apply for provisional program acceptance during their freshman or sophomore years of college.

FAS-Track will allow students to:

  • Gain FAS-Track program acceptance to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine at the end of their sophomore year in college rather than during the junior or senior year
  • Complete both a Bachelor of Science and DVM degrees in seven years rather than eight
  • Waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), a requirement necessary for all traditional applicants to the DVM program
  • Benefit from mentorships with veterinary faculty and other DVM students
  • Pursue summer veterinary and industry work opportunities
  • Apply for special FAS-Track scholarships

Who is eligible for SDSU's FAS-Track?

Eligible students must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled at South Dakota State University
  • Complete at least two semesters of ‘full-time’ attendance by the end of the spring semester in the year their application is submitted, while enrolled in SDSU’s FAS—Track
  • Must complete at least 8 quality math and science prerequisite SDSU courses

Applicants with the following attributes / characteristics will have the best chance for selection into SDSU’s FAS—Track Program:

  • Competitive ACT Scores (at least 25)  and/or  AST Scores (at least 1140)
  • Competitive High School Rank (if applicable)
  • Completed coursework consistent with admissions requirements for SDSU’s Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. For example: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math, English, and other Science-related courses.  
  • Maintain full-time College enrollment in both Fall and Spring Semesters (at least 12 credit hours per semester) without a lapse.
  • SDSU cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • SDSU Pre-Veterinary GPA typically above 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate extensive experience related to food animal medicine. For example, working in a mix animal or food animal practice, experience gained on a farm or ranch, participation in FFA or 4-H, or other experiences related to food animals.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation. At least one letter should come from a veterinarian who can validate the applicant’s potential as a food animal veterinary practitioner. Other letters of reference should confirm the applicants' scholarly discipline, dedication, compassion, work ethic and agricultural perspective.