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Iowa State University

Office of Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
2270 Veterinary Medicine Iowa State University P.O. Box 3020
Ames IA 50010-3020 Telephone: (515) 294-5337
Toll free outside Iowa: (800) 262-3810

The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine is located in the heart of one of the world’s most intensive livestock-producing areas, which provides diverse food-animal clinical and diagnostic cases. A nearby metropolitan area and a regionally recognized referral veterinary hospital provide experience in companion-animal medicine and surgery. A strong basic science education during the first 2 years prepares veterinary students for a wide range of clinical experiences during the last 2 years. The College of Veterinary Medicine provides education in a wide variety of animal species and disciplines and allows fourth-year students to spend time with private practitioners, other colleges, research facilities, and in other educational experiences. Opportunities for research exist in the outstanding research programs in neurobiology, immunobiology, infectious diseases, and numerous other areas. The nearby National Animal Disease Center and the National Veterinary Services Laboratories provide additional research opportunities. The world’s premier State Diagnostic Laboratory is part of the college and provides students with experience that is unmatched by any other veterinary college in the world. Graduates are highly sought after and can typically choose among 5 or 6 job offers. A career development and placement service is also provided.
Application Information
The most current application information (availability, deadlines, fees, VMCAS participation), may be found at .
Supplemental Application: A supplemental application is required. The supplemental becomes available June 1 and the link can be found at .
Residency implications: priority is given to Iowa residents for approximately 60 positions. Iowa contracts on a year-to-year basis with North Dakota, South Dakota and Connecticut. Iowa also has a formal educational alliance with Nebraska. Remaining positions are available for residents of noncontract states or international students.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
English composition† 6
General chemistry (1 year series w/lab) 7
Organic chemistry (1 year series w/lab) 7
Biochemistry 3
Physics (Physics 1 – first semester of a two semester series w/lab) 4
Biology (1 year series w/labs) 8
Genetics (Upper level Mendelian and molecular) 3
Mammalian anatomy and/or physiology 3
Oral communication (interpersonal, group or public speaking) 3
Arts, humanities, or social sciences 8
Electives 8
English composition of one year or writing emphasis courses (may include business or technical writing). Bachelor’s degree fulfills 3 sem cr English composition.
Required undergraduate GPA: the minimum GPA required is 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. The most recent entering class had a mean GPA of 3.55.
AP credit policy: must be documented by original scores submitted to the university, and must meet the university’s minimum requirement in the appropriate subject area. CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) credits accepted only for the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Course completion deadline: It is preferred that prerequisite science courses be completed by the end of the fall term the year the applicant applies, and these must be completed with a C (2.0) or better to fulfill the requirement. However, up to 2 prerequisite science courses may be taken the spring term prior to matriculation. All other prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to matriculation with a C (2.0) or better. Pending courses may not be completed the summer prior to matriculation. Pass–not pass grades are not acceptable.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required. Either the new Revised GRE or the previous GRE will be accepted but the scores must come directly from GRE. The last date to take the GRE for Iowa residents is August 15, 2013 and the last date for all other applicants to take the GRE is September 15, 2013. All scores must be received by the listed application deadline date.
Additional requirements and considerations
Recommendations (3 required). Academic advisors, veterinarians, and employers are suggested. The applicant is strongly encouraged to have at least one of these recommendations from a veterinarian. Other suggested evaluators include academic advisors or professors and employers. The evaluator should know the applicant well and be able to speak to their personal characteristics and attributes. It is preferred that the evaluator include comments or a letter with the form evaluation. A letter can be composed in the comments section of the VMCAS electronic letter of recommendation. Evaluators cannot be related to the applicant by blood or marriage. Letters of recommendation are due the same date and time as the application. Iowa residents: September 3, 2013. All other applicants: October 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Letters of recommendation sent directly to the ISU-CVM will NOT be accepted. No late letters of evaluation will be allowed.
Summary of Admission Procedure
Application deadline: Iowa Residents: September 3, 2013
All other applicants: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Date acceptances mailed: Approximately February 15
School begins: late August
Deposit (to hold place in class): $500.00.

Deferments: considered on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluation criteria
The admission procedure consists of a review of each candidate’s application and qualifications:
1. Academic factors include grades, test scores, and degrees earned.
2. Nonacademic factors include essays, experience, recommendations, and personal development activities.
3. Interviews are conducted.
2011–2012 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Resident 131   64
Contract* 155   41
Nonresident 896   44
Total 1,182 149

Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year

Tuition and fees
Resident $19,581
Contract* varies by contract
Nonresident $41,390
Nonresident Fees $1,077
* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.
Dual-Degree Programs
Combined DVM–graduate degree programs are available, including a DVM/MPH and DVM/MBA.
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