Midwestern University, an independent, nonprofit university, was founded in 1900 in Chicago, IL and expanded to Glendale, AZ (Phoenix metropolitan area) in 1995. Formation of the College of Veterinary Medicine (MWU-CVM) was approved by the University Board of Trustees and the State of Arizona in 2012. The College was granted a Letter of Reasonable Assurance from the AVMA in 2013. This first step in the AVMA accreditation process puts MWU-CVM on target for provisional accreditation with the acceptance of its first class of students in 2014 and full accreditation in 2018 at the time of their graduation.
Midwestern University has a beautiful 143 acre campus with about 3000 enrolled students in 12 professional healthcare-related programs. Besides having 300+ days of sunshine annually, Glendale is home to two professional sport teams and is a relaxed, highly desirable place to live. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in the surrounding mountains and on area lakes. At MWU-CVM we are dedicated to educating competent, caring veterinary professionals in accordance with the principles of One Health / One Medicine. Collaborations with MWU’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, College of Optometry, and College of Pharmacy-Glendale enable students of the College of Veterinary Medicine to learn and interact with other professions in ways not common in veterinary education. Our graduates will be prepared to enter not only clinical practice, but also the wide variety of career pathways available in the veterinary medicine profession including academic, governmental, industrial, and research endeavors. Alliances with private practices, private and public health care companies, the Arizona Humane Society, and several research institutions and universities in the area add to the diversity of opportunities available to our students.
Midwestern University is investing well over $100 million dollars to establish the new MWU-CVM which will include 3 state-of-the-art buildings in which to practice and teach veterinary medicine. Construction of the 76,000 square foot classroom building, a 109,000 square foot Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and a 36,000 square foot large animal teaching facility is underway. Combined, these facilities will provide a comprehensive, modern and well-coordinated program in veterinary medical education.
The mission of MWU-CVM is to train and graduate well-qualified veterinarians who impact the world by improving animal and human health through research, scholarly activity, and service to the public.
Educational values as reflected in pursuit of our mission and in delivery of our curriculum include: maintaining a student-friendly environment, a commitment to curricular innovation, advocating collegiality and teamwork, integrating multidisciplinary coursework, using evidence-based medicine for teaching, and delivering ethical, patient-centered care.
The first 8 quarters of the four-year, 13 quarter curriculum provide basic and clinical veterinary medical education in a combined traditional and small-group, student-centered learning format. Hands-on live animal experiences begin during the first quarter and continue on a weekly basis throughout the curriculum. In keeping with emerging veterinary educational advances, MWU-CVM students will make frequent use of Clinical Simulation Center on campus and simulation facilities in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. These facilities provide 20 complete exam rooms where students interact with simulated clients and patients while monitored by faculty advisors. Supportive feedback helps insure our students are able to develop and practice essential clinical, diagnostic, and client communication skills throughout their first three years. Small and large animal clinical skills courses also prepare students for the final five quarters of clinical and specialized training.
The MWU-CVM uses multiple criteria to select the most qualified, diverse group of candidates to interview. Applicants are evaluated and selected based on their academic coursework, performance on the GRE, letters of recommendation, and interviews. It is highly advisable that applicants have significant animal, veterinary, or biomedical experience to strengthen their application.
The MWU-CVM is a member of the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). The VMCAS application is available online at www.aavmc.org. The VMCAS application cycle opens in June of each year. The official VMCAS application deadline is October 2nd. To finalize the application process the Midwestern University Office of Admissions will email a supplemental application form to all students who have met the minimum GPA requirements. This form must be completed as directed and returned to the Office of Admissions no later than March 1.
Applications and credentials will be reviewed and decisions to interview candidates are made at regular intervals. Interviews are conducted and the selection of candidates is made until the class is filled. Applicants are notified of their selection status as soon as possible after their interview date. However, in accordance with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges acceptance deadline policy, students that are offered a position are not required to accept an offer of admission until April 15. Students may accept earlier if so inclined. If a signed letter accepting admission and the required deposit are not received by April 15, the offer of admission may be withdrawn.
Interview & Selection Process
Applicants must meet the admissions requirements listed previously. After receiving an applicant’s processed information, the Midwestern University Office of Admissions will create an applicant file and the applicant files will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine which applicants merit an interview based on criteria established by the College’s Admissions Committee. A Midwestern University Admissions Officer will complete an Applicant Evaluation Form for each candidate. The Applicant Score will be derived from the applicant’s total GPA, science GPA, GRE score, as well as non academic factors. Applicant rankings will be based on this score and will be used to make decisions on interviews. The Chair of the Admissions Committee, with approval of the Dean, may also place a number of students on an interview “wait list” pending possible openings toward the end of the interview cycle.
When applicants accept the invitation to interview, they will meet with members of an interview panel. The interview panel will consist of 3 members and will be made up of people from the following groups: CVM administrators and faculty members, faculty members from the Department of Basic Sciences, and local veterinarians who are not employed by MWU. Team members will question applicants about their academic and personal preparedness for veterinary school, and will rate the applicant on a standardized evaluation form. The interview panel will forward their evaluations of candidates to the Admissions Committee. The Committee may recommend to accept, to deny, or to place the applicant on either the hold or alternate list. Recommendations are then forwarded to the Dean for final approval. Students will then be notified of their status by the Office of Admissions.
The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance to the College of Veterinary Medicine. To complete the matriculation process, students must:
- Submit the matriculation agreement and required deposit monies by the date designated in the matriculation agreement. Deposits are applied towards the first quarter's tuition.
- Submit medical files documenting completion of a physical exam, immunizations, tuberculosis and titer blood testing. Midwestern University requires that all students submit documented laboratory proof of the absence of tuberculosis (updated yearly) and proof of immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), diphtheria/tetanus, and hepatitis B prior to matriculation. In addition, the College of Veterinary Medicine requires students to have a rabies vaccination or proof that a sufficient positive titer is present through blood testing. If a positive titer is present but insufficient, a rabies booster is required. (Cost for these requirements must be paid by the student. Any reimbursement from an insurance plan is a matter between the student and his/her insurance carrier. Cost and other information about immunizations/titers can be obtained from the Department of Student Services.)
- Meet the Technical Standards for the college (see below).
- Submit proof of medical and disability insurance coverage. Students may select either a plan offered by an MWU-approved carrier or a comparable plan offered by an outside carrier of their choice, as determined by the Office of Student Services. Insurance must be maintained throughout the entire period of enrollment.
- Provide documentation verifying that sufficient funds have been deposited in a U.S. bank, or one of six major Canadian banks, to cover all expenses while attending the college (applies only to non-U.S. citizens or temporary residents who hold student visas). Additional details and application forms are available in the Office of Student Financial Services.
- Submit a signed Credit Policy Statement.
- Authorize and pass the MWU criminal background check and/or fingerprinting background check as required by the specific college/school/program.
- Submit a signed MWU Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy Statement.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours
* Mathematics courses should be College Algebra or higher.
** Science electives include: biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, microbiology, genetics, animal nutrition, etc. Student application may be strengthened by inlcusion of biochemistry course.
Minimum of 64 Semester hours
Required undergraduate GPA: a minimum science and total GPA of t 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
No grade lower than a C will be accepted in any of the required courses (Pass/fail and satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading is not acceptable in the required courses).
AP credit policy: Yes, we accept AP credit
Course completion deadline:
prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®), general test, is required.
Additional requirements and considerations
Supplemental Application Required - Yes, Deadline March 1st
Animal/veterinary experience - 240 hours of Animal Care Experience Required
Letters of Recommendation (3 required): One must be from a veterinarian
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Date interviews are held: February–March
Date acceptances mailed: March
School begins: August
Deposit (to hold place in class): $1,000
Transfer Students: Yes
: Academic achievement; GRE Scores; Animal/Veterinary experience; Work experience; Activities & achievements, community service; Personal Essay; Letters of Recommendation; Interview performance.
Class Size: 100 Students
Tuition and fees:
Residents & Non-Residents: $53,000 / Annually
Page Updated: June 6,2013