Step 1: Prerequisites and Application Requirements
The first step in the admissions process is to ensure you are on track to complete both the course prerequisites and application requirements in time to apply for your preferred year of entry.
International Students: We do not require a separate application or fee, and you should be prepared to meet all of the prerequisite and application requirements as outlined. If you need assistance with immigration (I-20 form, F-1 visa, SEVIS, etc.), our International Student Services (ISS) staff are available to help you. Visit the ISS website to learn more.
Step 2: Make Yourself a Competitive Candidate
Admission to the program is extremely competitive so you should strive to not only meet, but exceed the minimum requirements. To get a feel for the competitiveness of the applicant pool we recommend that you view our class statistics page and read what the admissions committee recommends you do to maximize your candidacy.
Step 3: Preparing and Submitting your Application
The apply now page will provide you with step-by-step instructions as well as an application checklist. There are a number of supporting materials that make up your completed application, and it is essential that you print and carefully follow the checklist to ensure that you properly submit these pieces by the deadline.
Frequently Asked Questions
Required: One course each – Minimum of 3 semester or 4 quarter units
Organic Chemistry w/ lab
Biochemistry – preferably with lab
- Course designed or specified for science majors is preferred
- Must be a course designed or specified for science majors
- Biostatistics course may be accepted on a case-by-case basis, must submit syllabus for review if course is not listed in the prerequisite database
Required: One course each – Minimum of 3 semester or 4 quarter units
May have no more than two in progress after December 31st of the year prior to matriculation. For those entering Fall 2014, must be completed no more than eight years prior to matriculation.
- May not be a cell biology or molecular biology course
Upper Division Physiology
- Must be designated for science majors
- Must be an upper division course in animal, human or comparative physiology
Genetics or Molecular Biology
Required: Three courses each – Minimum of 9 semester or 12 quarter units
Upper Division Biological & Life Sciences with lab
- May not be an introductory survey or fundamental course
- Highly recommended areas: zoology, endocrinology, cell biology, molecular biology, reproduction, parasitology, histology, toxicology, nutrition and pharmacology.
- Preferably a course in anatomy, immunology and/or embryology
May have no more than two in progress after December 31st of the year prior to matriculation. For those entering Fall 2014, must be completed no more than eight years prior to matriculation:
- Upper Division Biological and Life Sciences (one course)
- Genetics or Molecular Biology
- Must be three upper division courses, one of which must include a lab
- This may include art, ethnic studies, foreign language, history, humanities, liberal studies, music, philosophy, political science, religious studies, social sciences, theater and behavior
- A maximum of three courses are to be listed on the worksheet when applying
Required: Two courses each – Minimum of 6 semester or 8 quarter units
General Physics with lab
- 2 semesters or 2 quarters of Physics AND
- 2 semesters or 2 quarters of Physics Labs
- May not be an English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) course
- Must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution (exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis) or its equivalent abroad
- Must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “C-” or lower is not acceptable)
- Must be completed by the spring term prior to matriculation
- All coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved service for evaluation
- May be taken on an advanced-placement or CLEP credit basis. These credits must be listed on the official university transcript at which the credit was received. If not, submit a letter from the registrar detailing for what each credit was received
Not sure if your course qualifies? If you’d like to find out whether the courses you’ve taken or plan to take will satisfy WesternU’s DVM prerequisites you may:
- Search the prerequisite database by institution
- If you don't see your courses listed in the database and you have a few courses in question, you may submit a prerequisite verification form.
- If your courses are not listed in the database and you have numerous in question, or simply wish to lay out your coursework, you may instead print and submit an academic worksheet. Note: academic worksheets are available March – August and will be reviewed during this time only
Completion of prerequisite courses as outlined
General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
- GRE or MCAT scores are valid for 5 years prior to the planned year of matriculation
- If taking GRE only general GRE test scores are accepted
- To ensure score reports are received, not postmarked, by the application deadline, candidates should not take the GRE exam after August 30th of the year they are applying. Score reports received after the deadline date will not be accepted or processed.
Letters of Recommendation
- Three (3) letters of recommendation are required
- Letters may be from anyone who can speak to your anticipated success as a student and/or future veterinarian and should include behavioral examples
- Recommended that at least one be from a licensed veterinarian
- Letters must be submitted directly to VMCAS as a portion of your primary application
Minimum Overall GPA of 2.75
- GPA must meet minimum requirement at the time of application
- You must maintain the minimum required GPA through matriculation into the program
- All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a C or higher
- To be competitive applicants should possess an overall GPA consistent with the college's most recent entering class
500 hours of hands-on animal-related experience
- Must go beyond observation effort.
- Supervisors should be able to assess applicant’s interest in animal well-being, work habits and personal integrity
- Appropriate venues include but are not limited to: veterinary practices, animal medical environments, commercial animal production operations, regulatory animal control and humane shelters, animal entertainment (zoos, etc.), or animal research institutions.
- Hours may be in progress at time of application and must be completed by July 31st of the planned matriculation year.
Although not required, having earned a BS or BA will likely strengthen your application
- BS or BA in any field is acceptable
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – If Required
- Required if you are not a US citizen and English is not your primary spoken language
- EXCEPTION: The TOEFL exam will be waived if you have or will graduate with a confirmed baccalaureate or higher degree from a United States institution at the time of application.
Minimum score requirements
- 550 paper-based
- 213 computer-based
- 79 internet-based
- TOEFL scores are valid for 3 years prior to the planned year of matriculation
Proof of Legal US Residency – If Required
- If you are an international applicant or any other applicant who is not U.S. citizen and is living in the U.S., you should be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency at the time of interview
- Proof of legal U.S. residency is required prior to any offer of acceptance.