Admission to veterinary school is a highly competitive process. Approximately half or more of the students who apply to vet school each year do not get accepted. There are simply more applicants than there are seats available. Because of this, it is vitally important that students who want to pursue a vet degree thoroughly prepare themselves to be competitive applicants during the pre-vet years.
Check out what veterinary schools say about how you can be a competitive applicant to their school:
University of Utah
University of Arizona - Phoenix
GPA AND GRE
GPA is a vital part of your application to vet school. The average GPA for accepted applicants is about a 3.57. All grades received for college credit may be calculated into your GPA even if you have retaken the class. If you have taken any classes at a different school or if you have retaken classes, your UVU GPA may not be an accurate calculation for vet schools.
The GRE general test is a standardized examination required by most vet programs as part of your application.
NOTE: Vet schools determine their own individual requirements. The courses listed below are a general guide. Refer to the Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements (VMSAR) book, www.aavmc.org and the individual school's website to determine the specific requirements for that institution.
Required by most vet schools with a grade of C or better:
- Intro to Writing: ENGL 1010
- Intermediate Writing: ENGL 2010 or 2020
- College Biology I and II with labs: BIOL 1610/1615 and 1620/1625
- Principles of Chemistry I and II with labs: CHEM 1210/1215 and 1220/1225
- Organic Chemistry I and II with labs: CHEM 2310/2315 and 2320/2325
- College Physics I and II with labs: PHYS 2010/2015 and 2020/2025
- Biochemistry: BIOL 3600
- Molecular Genetics: BIOL 3500
- Microbiology for Health Professions: MICRO 2060
- Principles of Statistics or Stats for Behavioral Sciences: MATH 2040 or PSY 3010
In addition, some schools require the following courses:
- Public Speaking: COMM 1020
- Calculus I: MATH 1210
- Animal Nutrition: Not offered at UVU. Can be taken as an online or correspondence course.
- Upper Division Science/Biology Courses
- Social Science/Humanities Electives
It is extremely important to be involved in activities outside of the classroom in order to be competitive for admission into vet school. GPA and GRE scores are important, but they do not make you unique. Extracurricular activities are a chance for you to set yourself apart and display your motivation for pursuing a vet degree and dedication to serving the community. Preparing to apply for vet school is NOT about checking off boxes. Vet schools are not going to care if you have done the experiences if you have not learned from them. Admissions committees want to know that you are willing and able to learn in any circumstance and/or environment.